Explore Dundee Waterfront in 2018 Including Interior of the V&A Museum of Design Dundee with New 3D App

An innovative 3D interactive app* allowing users to explore Dundee Central Waterfront in 2018, including the interior of the forthcoming V&A Museum of Design Dundee, has been launched online. Developed in Scotland by Edinburgh-based Luma 3D Interactive, a leading specialist 3D consultancy, the ‘Dundee Waterfront 2018' app, which is free, is at the cutting edge of interactive mobile technologies. The free app provides a detailed insight into how the central Dundee Waterfront could look in 2018 and beyond.

Users can explore the city's new boulevards, view the new Railway Station, explore Slessor Gardens (the new civic space) and take a bird's eye view of the marina, new hotels, leisure, retail, business and residential areas.  The next phase of the app will go live in August, allowing users to point their devices at the V&A Dundee site hoardings to view a fully rendered 3D visualisation of the completed design museum. 

Mike Galloway, Director of City Development at Dundee City Council said: "The 3D app is an astonishing piece of technology that unveils how Dundee Waterfront will look in the future.  We are expecting a surge in tourism and visitor numbers as the waterfront develops, so the app will allow prospective visitors or investors a chance to virtually visit and experience Dundee Waterfront now".

The ‘Dundee Waterfront 2018' app can be downloaded at:  

 * Developed for iPad and Android - optimised for retina display, iPad4+ and Android Tablets 4.4+ (kitkat)  


First Ferry Food Fayre - Sunday 16 August 2015

Ferry Food Fayre 18 August 2015
The Ferry Food Fayre is a new initiative by Food and Hospitality members of the Broughty Ferry Traders' Association which promises to give locals and visitors an opportunity to meet their local food producers and find out more about where their food comes from.

The event, at the Best Western Woodlands Hotel on Sunday 16 August, is free and features opportunities for the public to get involved with competitions including The Great Broughty Bake Off and The Great Broughty Shake Off for cocktail lovers. There will also be demos, raffles, tastings, talks, meet the farmer and more events announced as the event draws nearer.

The mid August date means that local produce, including soft fruit, is at its most abundant and there will be local farmers on hand to explain how our food is grown. A Dundee bee keeper is set to give a talk and to sell some of his honey and an organic farmer will be bringing some of his hens.

The event came about when Clementine Co-owner, Jan McTaggart, suggested a food event to the BFTA Committee last year:
"The Ferry’s range of independent food shops are all about quality and variety – I love how we can use all the shops in the Ferry like a mega-supermarket with the best produce in every department and plenty of expertise to call upon. It’s even better that you can stop at any number of excellent cafes for home made cake, excellent coffee and a good chat as you shop. And maybe enjoy a wee drink with something to eat at all the great pubs and restaurants.

A group of us have been talking about this for a while and we came up with the idea of a celebration of local food and drink. Our customers are all enthusiastic foodies so we wanted to set up an event where we can all meet up, taste some new things, talk about food and just enjoy ourselves.

We were a bit stuck for a venue but the Best Western Woodlands stepped in and offered us their Ballroom and their brilliant events team. It’s really thanks to them that we’re able to do this at all."

The Ferry Food Fayre features the Ferry's finest independent purveyors of food, drink and hospitality including Clementine of Broughty Ferry, Jessie's Kitchen, Bruach Bar & Restaurant, Goodfellow and Stevens, The Cocktail Co., Aitken Wines, Iced Gems, The Cake Guru, Papa Jaques, Chambrier, Party Time,Willows plus more on the day.

Dundee Food Bank is setting up a drop off point on the day and all the proceeds from the raffles and competitions will go to local good causes.


Bonnie Dundee City Centre Walk Tuesday 28 July 2pm and 6pm - Free Event

Dundee City Centre walks Tuesday 28 July 2015
On Tuesday 28 July staff from City Council's Environment Department will be leading two city centre walks.

Participants will be able to find out about the work of ‘Bonnie Dundee’, a volunteer group working with the City Council to brighten our City of Discovery. They will also be able to see and hear how Dundee has become the FIRST Urban Orchard City and much more information with time for questions.

Meet at Henderson’s the Jewellers at the top of  Union Street opposite the City Churches.

The one hour walks will begin at 2pm and 6pm. 

There is no charge for these events.


Public Consultation on New Ward Boundaries Starting Soon

A good number of residents in West Ferry have contacted me about proposed changes to ward boundaries in Dundee. In Broughty Ferry these changes would involve most of West Ferry being shifted from The Ferry ward into the East End ward.

These proposals have been made by the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland whose job it is to periodically review local government boundaries in Scotland to ensure that these boundaries take into account population changes.

An extended period of public consultation will begin on these proposals at or around 30 July.


Potholes Identified on Tom Johnston Avenue to be Fixed

Pothole on Tom Johnston Road near Sainsburys supermarket
Last week I was alerted to a number of road defects on Tom Johnston Road in Broughty Ferry close to the Sainsbury's supermarket.

After a 'site' visit, I asked the Roads Maintenance Partnership (RMP) to investigate four serious imperfections in the road surface of Tom Johnston Road between the mini roundabout at the junction with Baldovie Road and the mini roundabout at the junction with the Sainsbury's store car park and the filling station.

The pothole in the picture is deep although hardly the size of a dinner plate yet.

Potholes on Tom Johnston Road near Sainsburys supermarket
The potholes around some of the drain inspection/access covers were also worthy of attention and repair.

I have received the following positive reply from the RMP:
"I refer to your email and would advise that the Roads Maintenance Partnership inspector for the area has raised an order for the repair of the imperfections in the road surface with a timescale for repair of 28 days or sooner."


Council Apply for Planning Permission for Replacement Primary School and Nursery in Menzieshill

Plans for the proposed new Primary School in Menzieshill June 2015
Towards the end of June 2015, the Capital Programmes Unit of the City Council submitted a planning application for the construction of a new 3 stream Primary School and a new 100 place Nursery School with associated access, car parking, landscaping and infrastructure in Menzieshill.

The precise location is to the west of Earn Crescent and south of, Dickson Avenue in Menzieshill, Dundee.

This proposed new school and nursery building will accommodate the combined Gowriehill and Hillside Primary Schools.

Comments may be lodged with the Council by 18 July.

Link to further details about the plans


Replacement Queen Street Bus Shelter

Accident damaged bus shelter on Queen Sreeet, Broughty Ferry.
At the end of May, the bus shelter on the North side of Queen Street was demolished by a coach allegedly undertaking a 'U' turn. A person sitting in the bus shelter at the time narrowly escaped injury.

This bus stop is close to the traffic lights at the junction with Claypotts Road and the bus shelter is well used by pupils from Eastern Primary School and Grove Academy as well as local residents.

A number of bus passengers who use that stop have contacted me to inquire why the bus shelter hadn't been replaced?

I followed this up with the Transportation Department. I was informed that a member of staff had found that there was a long delivery time for a new shelter ordered from the manufacturers. They have decided to relocate a rarely used bus shelter from another part if the city. 

I have been assured that this will be resolved soon.


Broughty Ferry Gala 5 to 12 July 2015 - Summer Fun for all the Family

Broughty Ferry Gala Week 5-12 July 2015
It's nearly time for Gala week in The Ferry running this year from Sunday 5 - Sunday 12 July 2015.

Gala week begins with the Gala Fete on Sunday 5th July from 1pm to 5pm
at Castle Green. Free entry - silver collection at the gate for local ‘good causes’.

Pick up a free Gala programme from shops in central Broughty Ferry. 
Alternatively, read or download the B/Ferry Gala Programme for 2015


Broughty Ferry Photographic Competition Invites Entries

Broughty Ferry Photographic Competition 2015
Click on image to enlarge
Broughty Ferry Traders has just launched their annual BROUGHTY FERRY Photographic Competition.

Get your entries in for a chance to win a £100 first prize and the 12 finalists will feature in the 2016 Broughty Ferry calendar!

Closing date 3 August 2015

Good Luck.


Broken Step Reported and to be Reparied

Broken%252520step%252520at%252520the%252520StannergateEarlier this week, I was contacted by a constituent who was concerned about the potential dangers from a broken step. She had noticed that there was a loose concrete slab on the flight of steps that connect the Stannergate bridge with the coastal pathway that runs along to Douglas Terrace.

On the way to a meeting, I stopped by and took a picture of the step which I then sent on to the Roads Maintenance Partnership with my observation that the loose concrete 'tread' on the steps represented a trip hazard which merited a rapid response. 

I am pleased to report that I have been notified that the repair is to be undertaken today, Wednesday 1 July.