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.
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.'
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.
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.
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.
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.