16/01/2014

West End Community Council

On Tuesday I attended the January meeting of the West End Community Council.  The main speaker was Celine Moyes from Solar Cities Scotland.  She spoke about their work in the West End trying to reduce carbon production.  It is clear that we need to take action to reduce our carbon use.  If we do it would be good for the planet and also good for us.

As ever the Community Council provided a good opportunity to listen to the views and concerns of local people.  We had some interesting discussion on the control of dogs in our parks. 

There was also a very interesting discussion about the possibility of New Year celebrations in Dundee.  There was a general consensus that there should be some kind of event at New Year in Dundee, there was a diversity of opinion about what form it should take.  I am glad to say that there is cross-party support for looking at the issue.  I will be joining my colleague Lesley Brennan and a number of SNP councillors at a meeting which will look at how we could bring forward such proposals. 

15/01/2014

Dundee Fairtrade Forum

I attended a meeting of the Dundee Fairtrade Forum of which I am the Convener.  The meeting took place in Morgan Academy and it was good to see the commitment to promoting fair-trade in the school.

The main item for discussion was our plans for this year's Fairtrade Fortnight.  The theme for Fairtrade Fortnight is about promoting fair-trade bananas.  In Dundee we will be holding a number of events to promote fair-trade bananas and encouraging others to change to fair-trade.  You can find out more about fair-trade fortnight which is from 24 February until 9 March by viewing the video above or by visiting the Fairtrade Foundation's website.

City Council Meeting 13 January 2014

The first meeting of the City Council and its various committees was held on Monday 13th January.  There was a relatively light agenda for the start of what will be an important political year.  I do hope that the SNP Administration will keep a focus on the job they have to do this year.  You can see the agendas for the meetings here.

I spoke in the Environment Committee where there was a proposal to improve the car park at the football pitches at the former St Saviour's High School site.  I am happy to support this work but I wanted to be reassured that the pitches there had a long-term future.  At the start of this week the pitches at St Saviour's were under water and I want to know that work is going on to ensure that this is going to rectified.  I was told that I will receive an update on this matter and I await that with interest.  We need to be sure that we are not wasting money and I hope that the pitches at St Saviour's are improved and that drainage improves soon.