If you weren't already feeling cold I have to say that this stunning image from NEODAAS/University of Dundee will probably make you feel cold. You can find out more about the image by clicking here.
I would like to pay tribute to all the hard-working public servants who have been working so hard to ensure that services are available to the people of Dundee.
If you have any concerns about the ongoing weather check the City Council's website. If I can be of any assistance please get in touch.

Licensing Committee

This morning I attended a meeting of the City Council's Licensing Committee I am an alternate member of the committee. I was pleased to help out colleagues who were unable to make it into the city centre today. This committee is important and looks at important issues such as Housing in Multiple Occupation and taxi driver licences.


Surgeries Cancelled

As all City Council facilities are closed today I am afraid that my surgeries at Lime Street, Mitchell Street and Blackness Library are cancelled. You can still contact me by email richard@richardmccready.org.uk or richard.mccready@dundeecity.gov.uk or phone me on 641241 or 434475.

World AIDS Day

Today is World AIDS Day. I think that the international community must keep working towards effectively dealing with HIV/AIDS. The UN has made a number of statements about the issue. I support Christian Aid's campaigns to put pressure on government's across the world to maintain their investment in the campaign against HIV/AIDS.


Happy St Andrew's Day!

Happy St Andrew's Day! I would like to wish everyone a very happy St Andrew's Day. The picture here is the stained glass window of St Andrew from St Andrew's Cathedral in the Nethergate.

It is a great day to celebrate our patron saint and think about the future of our country. I think that it is a shame Scotland does not celebrate our patron saint as much as some other countries.

Labour's leaders Ed Miliband and Iain Gray have issued a joint St Andrew's Day message. The UK Government has today published its proposals to implement the Calman proposals. These are to be largely welcomed by everyone with Scotland's best interests at heart. I will be keeping a close eye on the progress of this legislation.

Dundee Rep Board

This evening I attended a meeting of the Dundee Rep board. The Rep is an excellent resource for the people of Dundee and does a great job in promoting the city throughout Scotland and beyond. These are challenging times for the public sector and for arts funding but I am clear that Dundee Rep does a great job and should continue to be supported even in these difficult times. There was a very interesting report on the work of Creative Learning at the Rep on the recent Youth Weekend, you can see a brief video about the weekend here.
The Christmas show at the Rep this year is Sleeping Beauty as ever I am sure that it will be well worth getting a ticket for, click in the picture for details.

Perth Road Graffiti

Today I expressed my disappointment at an outbreak of graffiti on the Perth Road (on Greggs and the Red Cross Shop amongst others) over the weekend. I have called for action from the police and council but also stressed that everyone has a role to play in combating graffiti.

I have contacted the police about the outbreak of graffiti mainly at shops on the Perth Road. It is really disappointing that this has happened. There should be zero tolerance of graffiti. I hope that the police can identify the culprits and take appropriate action. I have also contacted the City Council seeking to get action taken against the graffiti. We all have a job to do against vandalism. We should not tolerate it, we should report any suspicions to the police. The City Council's Waste Management team have said that they will attempt to deal with this graffiti soon.


West End School Project Board

This afternoon I attended the latest meeting of the West End School Project Board. Well done to the parent representatives who struggled through the snow to get to the meeting. Progress is beginning to be made. I hope that the pupils, staff and parents of the schools start to see the building and whole project taking shape soon.

Morven Terrace Sheltered Housing Christmas Fayre

On Saturday I was happy to attend the Christmas Fayre at Morven Terrace Sheltered Housing Complex. It was good to see so many local residents there even though the weather was not great. There was some excellent home-baking on sale. It was also good to hear the concerns of local residents about a variety of issues.

Christmas Lights Westport

Along with my ward colleague Fraser Macpherson I was pleased to help turn on the Christmas Lights at the Westport. Fraser and I were joined by Sheena Livingstone of the Westport Gallery to switch the lights on. The Westport is an excellent area to shop. In the run up to Christmas I am sure that many people will be visiting this area. I think that the Christmas Tree adds to the shopping experience in the area.

Shelter Make Housing Matter

I was pleased to support Shelter Scotland's campaign to Make Housing Matter. The video here shows Shelter delivering the postcard which I was pleased to sign. Providing adequate, good quality housing is important and needs to be supported by the Scottish Government. It appears that the housing budget is being hit harder than some others.

West End Christmas Lights Switch-On

Last Wednesday saw the Christmas Concert in Dundee West Church followed by the Christmas Lights switch-on at Seabraes. The talent in the schools of the West End Blackness Primary, Park Place Primary, St Joseph's Primary, Ancrum Road Primary and Harris Academy on display was as ever excellent. Well done to all the pupils concerned, they are a credit to themselves, their schools, their teachers and their families. The Christmas Tree at Seabraes looks great. There was also a really good fireworks display and carnival at the art college. I helped to distribute sparklers to children after the fireworks display. Well done to everyone involved in West End Christmas week.