Morven Terrace Sheltered Housing Coffee Morning

This morning I was pleased to attend a coffee morning at Morven Terrace Sheltered Housing Complex. It was a great to attend this event and get the chance to catch up with residents about their concerns and in most cases just to have a chat. Well done to everyone involved in organising this event.


Bonfire Night

Tonight I attended the Bonfire and Fireworks display at Lochee Park. As usual this was a great night. This is really well done and everyone involved in the organisation of the event deserves credit. This is the place to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night in Dundee, along with Baxter Park. This is a safe family occasion. I hope that Tayside Fire and Rescue have a quiet night tonight. It is good to celebrate Guy Fawkes night but it is important to do so safely.


Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre Board Meeting

Tonight I attended a meeting of the board of DCA (Dundee Contemporary Arts). This was a very interesting meeting. The current exhibition by Thomas Hirschhorn, It's Burning Everywhere is on until 29th November. As I have said before it is well worth a visit but don't just take my view for this read this review from Scotland on Sunday which is very positive about the exhibition.

Welcome for funding for new Swimming Pool

Funding for the replacement of the Olympia Sports Centre in Dundee was announced today by sportscotland. The drawings above are impressions of how the new pool might look once it has received all the requisite permissions. I issued the statement below welcoming this funding from sportscotland.

Welcome for funding for new Swimming Pool

Scottish Labour spokesperson on Leisure, Arts and Communities on Dundee City Council, Councillor Richard McCready today welcomed the announcement of funding from sportscotland to allow the project tot replace the Olympia Swimming Pool to continue.

Councillor Richard McCready said, 'I welcome this announcement, I am glad that sportscotland and the Scottish Government have listened to the representations which I, and many others, have made to secure funding for the new pool. The proposals for the new pool were developed when I was the Convener of Leisure, Arts and Communities and it is good to see these plans being brought nearer to fruition.'

'Delivering excellent sports facilities for the people of Dundee is an important role for the council and I hope that the City Council will continue to provide excellent sports facilities. It is important that council builds on the interest in sport which will no doubt be created by the Olympic Games in London and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.'

'The new pool is an exciting proposal for the city of Dundee and I hope that this funding will allow real progress to be made on building this ambitious project. I hope that the building of the pool will be a welcome boost to the economy of Dundee in the not too distant future.'

Call for action over car parking at St Joseph's Primary

I have been approached a number of concerned parents and grandparents about the car parking situation at St Joseph's Primary School

I am calling for action over parking at St Joseph's Primary School. A number of concerned parents who are worried about parking on Bellfield Street at the beginning and the end of the school day have approached me, these parents are also concerned about the state of the alternative car park at Wilkie's Lane.

These parents have raised their concerns with me about road safety in the vicinity of St Joseph's. I am obviously aware of plans to replace St Joseph's but that is a few years away at least action is required now to protect the current pupils. I have contacted the Depute Chief Executive of the Council, Miss Patricia McIlquham who was responsible for a pilot scheme at Park Place Primary and at Eastern Primary. I want to know if there were any lessons learnt in the pilot and whether any of these could be applied to St Joseph's. I have also raised the issue with the Director of Education and asked what his department can do in this situation.

It is clear that the 'car park' at Wilkie's Lane is in a poor state of repair and that many people are unwilling to use it. I hope that the City Council can come up with some ideas which will improve road safety at St Joseph's.


Welcome for Fire Safety Report

I welcome the publication of a study into community fire safety in Scotland, entitled Scotland Together. This report highlights that fire deaths in Scotland are still at double the rate they are for the UK as a whole. I'm a member of the Tayside Fire and Rescue Board. To read the views of the authors visit Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service's website. To read the views of Tayside Fire and Rescue service firefighters click here.

I welcome this report and I will be studying it in detail. The report will be debated in the Scottish Parliament on 12th November and it will be interesting to hear the views of the parliament. I think that it is important that this report is given due consideration. I fully expect the report to be discussed in detail by Tayside Fire and Rescue Board in due course. The report is challenging and we need to give serious consideration to 'reduced ignition propensity cigarettes' and new regulations for sprinkler systems. We need to ensure that there is effective education and prevention schemes in place.

Last week I visited Tayside Fire and Rescue's Community Safety department and was very impressed with their work. We need to ensure that we are giving them all the support we can. I think if this report is studied and implemented we can make Scotland safer. It is important that the Scottish Government looks seriously at implementing this report. This is important for the safety of civilians and for the safety of the brave men and women of the fire and rescue service who work on our behalf to protect us.

Amnesty International Book-sale

This afternoon I was happy to attend a book-sale in aid of Amnesty International held at Dundee University. I managed to find a couple of interesting books to add to my collection. Well done to all those involved in organising this event.

More importantly I was happy to do a little bit to support Amnesty. Amnesty International do a great job and I have been a member for a number of years and I like to do what I can to support them. Promoting human rights is important, if you want to find out more about the work of Amnesty International visit their website.

Friends of Magdalen Green Coffee Morning

Saturday morning saw a well-attended coffee morning at Dundee West Church Hall for the Friends of Magdalen Green. The friends do a great job highlighting the excellent resource that Magdalen Green is and also protecting it against any problems. They run a photographic competition and the winning photographs make up the Friends of Magdalen Green calendar. For details of how to buy the excellent calendar please click here. The Friends website is worth a look, to find out about the other work they do.