Getting things done – Ancrum Drive lock-ups #dundeewestend

Last year, at my request, Hillcrest Enterprises as factors undertook a clean-up, graffiti removal, weeds removal and guttering works at lock-ups in Ancrum Drive.
I have also asked Hillcrest if it will consider improving the road surface around the lock-ups as it is very potholed and muddy.
Hillcrest’s Housing Manager (Operations) has postively responded as follows :
“I’m aware the surface at the lock ups is not ideal and this is clearly backed up by the photo you have supplied.    … The cost of tarmac would be prohibitive but we can of course look at some practical repairs and maintenance.
I will ask my Maintenance colleagues to gather quotations with a view to having some improvements carried out after the worst of the frosty weather is behind us, perhaps around March. 
I will contact you again to outline the work we propose to undertake and give a clearer timeframe in due course.”

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend

Marketgait – various off peak lane closures from Monday 20 January for one week for street lighting lantern replacement works.
Perth Road (at River Crescent) – temporary traffic lights for one week from Monday 20 January for Scottish Water work.
Nethergate (West Marketgait to Queens Hotel car park entrance) – closed westbound from Monday 20 January for 5 working days for Virgin Media duct installation works.
Blackness Road (at Peddie Street) – temporary traffic lights on Sunday 26 January for Scottish Water work.

Living Together – Housing in Dundee discussion event

From the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :
Our exhibition on the history of housing in Dundee, Living Together, finishes next week after a hugely popular run. 
Using photographs, artworks and architects’ designs, the exhibition explores some of the most common forms of houses in Dundee, with a particular focus on communal and social housing – from Victorian tenements to pioneering council houses, post-war multis, student halls of residence and more.
To mark the end of the show, on Friday 24th January at 5pm we’re hosting an evening of short talks and discussion around the themes of the exhibition, with informal presentations in the gallery and more formal talks in the Baxter suite next door. 
Dr Lorens Holm, Reader in Architecture, will discuss the legacy of 19th century tenements. Dr Susan Mains, Lecturer in Human Geography, will explore the connections between urban geography and artistic representations of cities. Finally, Architecture students Santianna Stathopoulou, Nikolas Gravos, Leo Hao and Sean Wee will talk about ‘studentification’ in Dundee and its effect on housing.
Please join us in the Lamb Gallery on the first floor of the Tower Building for a stimulating evening.   Admission is free but it would be helpful if you could book a place here.

Getting things done – lighting at Miller’s Wynd car park #dundeewestend

There has rightly been much anger and concern over the council’s decision to start charging for use of seven of the car parks in the West End.
It seems to rather rub salt in the wounds that the lighting in the Miller’s Wynd car park has now failed, plunging the car park into darkness at nights.
I have therefore asked the council to repair this as soon as possible and certainly before the car park charges commence.