The Trade Union link ensures that Labour contiunes to represent working people.
For someone in local government it is good to get the opportunity to listen to the views of local government employees. There were members who worked in the whisky industry at today's meeting and it was good to hear about the need to ensure that Scottish whisky has to be both produced and bottled in Scotland.
Training and apprenticeships were also discussed at length and it is clear that government should be doing all it can to promote these.
West End Councillor Richard McCready today received a briefing about road safety from officers of Dundee City Council's City Development Department. Councillor McCready used the opportunity to raise concerns which had been raised with him by constituents about a number of roads and junctions in the West End.
Councillor Richard McCready said, 'I was very pleased to speak to officers and to hear about the work that they do to promote road safety in the city. It was reassuring to listen to dedicated people who are doing their best to keep us all safe. Recent reports to the City Development Committee highlighted the work that needs to be done in the city. A significant proportion of these works is in the West End ward and I wanted to hear about progress.'
'A number of the areas where work is to be targeted are ones which constituents have raised with me. I look forward to work taking place over the course of the next year to improve safety across the city. I am particularly keen for there to be work on the West Port roundabout, there appears to be a lot of confusion about lanes at this roundabout. I am also keen to see what action can be taken to improve safety at the junction of Tullideph Road and Ancrum Drive.'
'I felt that my discussions today were productive and I look forward to progress throughout the city in the course of the next year. Fundamentally though road users and pedestrians all have a duty to ensure that they behave in as safe a manner as possible.'
The recent reports to the City Development Committee can be found here http://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/reports/agendas/cd240809pub.pdf the relevant pages are p. 12-29
Major roadworks will start in Dundee next week, these will be the South Marketgait, East Dock Street, Broughty Ferry Road reconstruction. Some of the diversions will have traffic coming through the West End ward, it is likely that these works will have a major impact on the city and it is important that journeys are planned in advance.
For more information take a look at the leaflet which has been produced.
Councillor Richard McCready, the Scottish Labour Spokesperson for Leisure, Arts and Communities on Dundee City Council today called on Dundee City Council to examine the ways of delivering a legacy to Dundee from the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Councillor McCready was speaking after the Scottish Government announced its Commonwealth Games legacy plan.
Councillor Richard McCready said, 'I supported Glasgow's bid to host the Commonwealth Games and I hope that it will be a great success. It is important that the Commonwealth Games have an impact right across Scotland. The Scottish Government has announced finding for legacy proposals. The funding is £23.5 million and while this will not go very far when shared across 32 local authorities in Scotland it is important that Dundee gets its share.'
'One of the ideas for using the funding is to create a network of community sports hubs across Scotland. These community sports hubs should raise the profile of sport and physical activity and hopefully lead to increased participation across Scotland. I have written to the Leisure and Communities department of Dundee City Council asking them to get involved in promoting sports hubs in Dundee and to ensure that they are doing all they can to achieve appropriate levels of funding for these projects.'
'The Olympics in London followed by the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow provide an excellent opportunity to promote sport across the country and especially in Dundee. This is one of the reasons why I brought forward proposals for a replacement for the Olympia Centre when I was Convener of Leisure, Arts and Communities. There is more we can do and I want Dundee to be at the forefront of promoting sport.'
The Scottish Government news release can be found here http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2009/09/01150529
There were discussions about graffiti and vandalism (I've arranged to meet with council officers to see if the Council is doing all it can to combat graffiti.) There were also issues raised about allotments and bins. I will be making contact with council officers and reporting back to the next meeting of the group about these issues.
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The role of Tayside Fire and Rescue is now so much more than fighting fires. They have to be prepared for water rescues, road traffic accidents, chemical and biological incidents. It was very useful to get an insight into these issues.