Unfortunately, this is another example of deliberate and sickening property damage. This not only undermines the appearance of our main street but also diverts cash from vital Council services to pay for needless repairs and replacements.
I have informed the Transportation Department and Roads' Maintenance Partnership to ask that the broken rack is removed immediately and subsequently replaced. I have also informed Tayside Division, Police Scotland. As this happened in direct line of sight from the CCTV camera, I hope the perpetrators will be easily identified and apprehended.
This deliberate damage of public property follows a spate of spray painting of unsightly graffiti tags in numerous locations in Barnhill including garage doors which happened on Thursday night and through to the small hours of Friday morning.
During the forthcoming two weeks of the October school holidays, work will begin on the £2.2 million contract to extend Barnhill Primary School.
This contract will deliver much needed additional classrooms and facilities to help the school cope with the rising demand for places.
The construction work, during the holiday fortnight, will include moving the Nursery building to its new location with the help of a crane. In addition the site compound will be fenced off and a temporary access road from Abercromby Street put in.
After the October 2013 holidays, work will proceed in a number of phases.
It is hoped that with regular communication between the contractors, the school and residents, the building of this extension will not be too disruptive. Hopefully it won't be too long before school pupils and staff can enjoy their enhanced and extended school.
As part of the World's Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support, there is a drop-in event today - Saturday 28th September - at St Luke's Church Hall on West Queen Street, Broughty Ferry.
Drop in anytime between 11am-4pm for unlimited tea and coffee for £1 all going to help this worthy cause. Home Baking and Sandwiches, Fiddlers and Piper, Tombola, Book Stall and even Face Painting for the kids!
The vandalisms happened sometime between 10pm on Thursday, September 26 and 6am on Friday, September 27.
The green-coloured paint was sprayed on property in Montague Street, Strathmore Street, Hamilton Street, Abercromby Street, Fettercairn Drive and Guthrie Street.
Vandalism is unacceptable no matter what form it takes. It creates unnecessary expense for individuals and organisations. Where offences are reported to Tayside Division it will carry out appropriate enquiries and where offenders are identified they will be robustly dealt with.
Police Scotland urges people not to tolerate vandalism but to report them immediately.
Anyone who can assist Police Scotland with their inquiries should get in touch with Tayside Division on 101 or speak to any police officer.
Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Contractors began work this week upgrading the pavements in Gray Street between King Street and Brook Street. The work will be phased over the next six weeks and began on the east side section between King Street and Long Lane.
My photo also shows the replacement street lights that match those in the central part of Brook Street. These are low maintenance lights and the more elaborate posts should help support bunting for the Gala and Christmas decorations.
The work should be complete before the switching on of the Christmas Lights in November.
In the meanwhile, parking spots will be be more limited in the vicinity of the construction work and traffic is restricted to one way south on the section of Gray Street between Brook Street and King Street. Temporary diversions are in place.
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While out on my dog walk, I have noticed that this rubbish bin at Grassy Beach is stuffed full.
I have reported it to the Environment Department. I have also reminded them that I previously requested a larger bin for this location. It's a busy spot on the green circular and coastal pathway close to the sailing and yacht club premises.
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You’re Never Too Old is a fun day out where older people can find out about positive activities that they can take part in.
Copies of the brochure are available from the Number Ten Reception.
The event is free and transport can be arranged by phoning Susan Gunn on Dundee (01382) 305745
I think this represents a road safety hazard. I have sent my picture and report to the Roads' Maintenance Partnership.
|Driver navigating the corner close to |
the junction with Dick Street
A resident described this earlier crash as follows:
'There was a pretty bad smash on Saturday night 17th Aug around 6.30pm between a BMW and a campervan at the junction of Dick Street / Camphill Road, at the location where all the near misses happen daily.'
Long Awaited Upgrading of Kerbs and Pavements in Gray Street Starting Monday - 100 yards better but miles to go!
Council Officers advise that, to minimise disruption, the work will proceed on one side of Gray Street at a time. While the work is going on, traffic in that section of Gray Street will be restricted to one way going south (Brook Street to King Street) with no traffic allowed to drive north (King Street to Brook Street). It is proposed to start work on the east footway, with the west footway to follow.
During the period when Gray Street is restricted to one way, drivers will be diverted via King Street/ St Vincent Street and Brook Street. In addition, parking will be suspended on one side of Gray Street for the duration of the works while pedestrian access will be maintained to both sides of of the street.
- Brook Street, between Fort Street and Westfield Road;
- King Street between Gray Street and Westfield Road and
- Brook Street between St Vincent's Street and Gray Street.
100 yards better but there are still miles to go!
The weather forecast is not that great but, as I am committed to fundraising for a good cause, I shall be riding round whatever the weather.
Cleghorn Charitable Trust provides support to tenants in Dundee who are living on some of the lowest incomes in the city and are setting up their first home. This trust help with items such as essential floor covering for which grants are not available.
Please donate and help make a house a home!
- Claypotts Castle Saturday and Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
- Royal Tay Yacht Club Sunday 12:00 -16:30 and
- St Stephen's and West Church Sunday 12:00 - 16:00
I was particularly concerned to hear on Thursday that the crossing point for children over Balgillo Road close to the junction with Falkland Crescent is currently unstaffed. This is compounded by road safety issues in Falkland Crescent caused by house building opposite the front entrance to the school.
Balgillo Road is a very busy spine road and a bus route. Unfortunately it seems many drivers ignore the 30 mph speed limit. I would appeal to all road users to take extra care in the vicinity of Barnhill Primary School especially during this time when some crossing points are not staffed. I was reassured that all parents and carers have received a letter to warn them about the absence of a Patroller at this particular crossing point.
The order of business will be as follows:
The publicity surrounding the public protest to the test drilling by Cuadrilla at Balcombe in Sussex and the application by Dart Energy for exploratory drilling in Airth near Stirling seems to aroused many conversations about fracking and the environmental costs and benefits of this.
My constituents' concerns focus on the environmental effects triggered by the fracking process. Firstly, they commented on the earth tremors and the effects of these on private and public property. Secondly the potential for pollution of water supplies from the chemicals introduced to help release the gas trapped in the shale beds underground. Finally they wanted know whether the City Council would have a say in granting licenses for exploratory drilling and subsequent extraction of shale gas on land in the City.
On the last matter, I wrote to the Planning Department of the City Council.
In their response my attention was drawn to a useful Frequently Asked Question on the website of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) http://www.sepa.org.uk/customer_information/energy_industry/unconventional_gas/frequently_asked_questions.aspx
FAQ Who else regulates this industry?
The other regulators (other than SEPA) involved in the control of these operations include:
- The Department of Energy and Climate Change - responsible for issuing a Petroleum Exploration and Development Licence.
- The Local Planning Authority - Responsible for granting planning permission under the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 for surface works associated with borehole construction, fracturing operations and wellhead development.
- The Health and Safety Executive - The Borehole Sites and Operations Regulations 1995.
- The Coal Authority - Any activity which intersects, disturbs or enters coal seams.
"we have had no applications or indeed enquiries about surface works associated with borehole construction, fracturing operations and wellhead development. I am not aware of any licences having been granted for Dundee (by the Department of Energy and Climate Change)."
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In the picture are officer bearers Stan Nutt (left) and Mary Saunders receiving the Silver Gilt award in the Coastal Towns 2013 category.
Link to Broughty Ferry in Bloom Facebook Page
These warning signs are designed to establish 20 mph traffic calming at critical periods for child safety around the beginning and end of the school day without disrupting traffic at other times.
My picture shows the set of warning lights in Claypotts Road, close to Eastern Primary School and Grove Academy. They were still flashing at 09:15pm last night. There are also similar problems with the lights at Forthill Primary School.
Clearly this set of lights has not turned off after the pupils have left in the afternoon. Unfortunately, the effectiveness of such signage is diluted when they operate at the wrong times.
In response to my writing to the Transportation Department of the Council I have received the following response from the Street Lighting Partnership:
"The project to convert the signs so that they can be controlled from a central point and so we can harmonise with term times has hit a few technical problems which has resulted in some signs operating 24hrs. Work is continuing to get the remaining signs which are not working correctly, on line."
I have been reassured that these unfortunate technical issues should have been resolved by the end of next week.
'Don't it always seem to go, that you don't know what you've got till it's gone?'
If Martin and his colleagues are successful, they could follow the example of the Arbroath Smokie in gaining the right to special protection from the European Commission. This would prevent Dundee cake being produced anywhere else in Europe and still calling itself Dundee Cake.
I congratulate Martin and his colleagues for their initiative and enterprise not only protecting the integrity of Dundee Cake but also drawing attention to what is distinctive and worth celebrating about Dundee; 'One City Many Discoveries'.
Despite many and varied efforts, literacy remains an elusive target: some 793 million adults worldwide lack minimum literacy skills, which means that about one in six adults is still not literate; 67.4 million children are out-of-school and many more attend irregularly or drop out.
- Around three-quarters of the Scottish population aged 16-64 (73.3%) have a level of skills that has been recognised internationally as appropriate for a contemporary society.
- Around one quarter of the Scottish population aged 16-64 (26.7%) may face occasional challenges and constrained opportunities due to their skills but will generally cope with their day-to-day lives;
- Within this quarter of the Scottish population aged 16-64, we find that 3.6% faces serious challenges in their literacies practices.
In Dundee, adult literacy and numeracy classes and help with using a computer are organised by staff based at the Mitchell Street Centre.
Mitchell Street Centre, Mitchell Street Dundee, DD2 2LJ
Telephone 01382 435808
Opening Times: Monday, 9 am to 7 pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9 am to 9 pm Friday, 9 am to 5 pm
Did you know? The Scottish Government has promised to increase the number of hours for 3 and 4 year old children to early learning and childcare from 475 hours per year to 600 hours per year from August 2014.
Dundee City Council wants to know what you think about this about how it should be delivered.
A survey is available online at:
Or you can go to your nearest City Council Early Years Establishment to complete a paper questionnaire.
The consultation will be open until Monday 14 October 2013 for you to give your views.
I hope future potential HMO owners do their homework and take cognisance of the limits that have been applied to the number of qualifying HMO licenses in specific census areas in Dundee and the number of licenses that have already been granted. This information is readily available to potential owners on application to the Council.
Students from our two Universities and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art are most welcome in our city and add significantly to the life of our city. But the over concentration of students in houses in multiple occupation can strain the good relations between the term time dwellers and the permanent residents.
Read or download the diverse and interesting programme of events for the weekend.
Further details including booking tickets for paid events
Under a deal imposed in 2011 by the Scottish Government, the daily rate paid to supply teachers for five or fewer days was halved, leaving many schools unable to find supply to cover absences. Teachers' Unions report that one in three councils is still struggling. In Dundee during periods of seasonal illness, many Head Teachers found that there were very few teachers to call on from the supply list. As a result they were pulled away from their management roles to take classes.
The new agreement will see “short-term supply” redefined, meaning teachers will be paid the full rate after three days, rather than the previous five. It is also proposed that teachers receiving the lower rate will also be paid ten per cent extra for preparation and correction.
Of course this may just shift the problem with supply teachers avoiding covering teacher absences not likely to be sustained beyond two or three days.
This mess was one of the SNP government's own making. I warned then that this would lead to difficulties in recruiting short term supply teachers and that it would be the children who suffer as their teachers are run ragged covering for absent teachers. Unfortunately, I think the SNP led Scottish Government are not making a good job of responding to the rising tide of criticism about the shortage of supply teachers, especially for short term cover. This proposed change may be an improvement but it does not remove the disincentive for supply teachers to turn down demands for short term supply teaching. Who would want to work for half pay for up to three days, when there are better offers available for four or more days work?
This is another example of short term cuts and long term damage.
The School to which this referred was Eastern Primary School on Whinny Brae and the school moved to the refurbished 'old' Grove Academy buildings on Camperdown Street just over two years ago.
I have asked the Transportation Department to arrange for the removal of this sign which is unnecessarily cluttering this corner of Camphill Road.
Temporary pumping had been continued at the end of Douglas Terrace. Due to local concerns about noise, Scottish Water's operators, Veolia, have stopped using a diesel generator and installed an electric pump to support flow transfer through the pumping station.
Work to fix the leak at the Douglas Terrace manhole was completed over the weekend of 10 August. The temporary pumping mentioned above has also been successful in stopping any further leaks from the walkway manhole.
With regards to the permanent repair of the walkway manhole, it’s anticipated that a contractor will be appointed by the end of September, early October.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) have continued to inspect the area and no further concerns or issues have been raised.
I previously reported similar leaks to Scottish Water in November 2012.
New housing supply (new build, refurbishment and conversions) decreased by 14% between 2011-12 and 2012-13, from 16,922 to 14,629 units. This was mainly driven by a drop in both private and housing association house building. Local authority completions also fell slightly from the previous year from 1,114 to 965.
New house building
In 2012-13, there were 13,803 completions in Scotland, a decrease of 13% on the previous year, when 15,940 had been completed. At the same time starts decreased by 9% from 13,791 in 2011-12 to 12,596 in 2012-13.
In 2012-13 there were 6,009 units completed through all Affordable Housing Supply Programme (AHSP) activity - this figure is 13% down on the previous year and represents the 3rd consecutive decrease since the peak in 2009-10.
Public sector housing stock: At 31 March 2013, there were 318,160 local authority dwellings in Scotland, a decrease of 1,224 from the previous year.
Sales of local authority dwellings: Sales of local authority dwellings fell by 9% in 2012-13, from 1,125 to 1,020. This continues the declining trend in sales observed over recent years, following the introduction of the modernised Right to Buy, which came into effect on 30 September 2002.