New flats proposal for Albert Road

Fire damaged Westbay Home Broughty Ferry rear exterior.
Fire damaged Westbay Home Broughty Ferry rear exterior.

MEMBERS of Broughty Ferry Community Council were given an update on the plans for West Bay, the former old people’s home on Albert Road, at their meeting in the Public Library last Tuesday.

David Hewick introduced Ian Hunt of Fouin Bell Architects who explained that, due to the derelict state of the fire ravaged building, it is now to be demolished and a U-shaped block of flats with courtyard and parking will be built on the site.

The 17 dwellings will face into the courtyard and the building is to have a slate roof, dormers and timber windows. Some concerns were raised about road congestion and the developers will be guided by the roads department regarding this.

Doug McLaren stated that he believed the Broughty Ferry Local Community Planning Partnership (LCPP) should be a standard item for the agenda. He felt that the meetings are not advertised enough and the early start of 6.30 p.m. discourages the public from attending.

Community officer Carole Jenkins responded that the meetings are advertised in the library at least three weeks before and in the press, etc. A summary document can be included if required.

Councillor Laurie Bidwell stated that public turnout depended on the subject of discussion. He stated that Carole is only part time and it was felt Broughty Ferry really needs a full-time service manager to cover the area. A motion was proposed for a community council member to rotate at LCPP meetings as well as George Ferguson but with no seconder, the proposal failed.

Members heard that there has been no update on road markings at Eastern Primary School and the parking problems remain. A full review is to be taken by the council in the autumn.

It was revealed that at the parent council meeting, the issue of the gate between Eastern and Grove Academy was resolved with the gate being opened for primaries one and two use for pick-up. Planters are to be positioned at the west side to allow children to have a safe walkway to the crossing patrol. This will hopefully stop cars reversing in this area but will not restrict parking.

Broughty Ferry, it is felt, is well represented on the council committee set up to monitor all school parking practices. George Ferguson suggested a special investigation should be carried out regarding this area as the Eastern/Grove situation is unique and child safety a priority.

Councillor Ken Guild stated that a partnership committee is to be formed to study parking at all schools to try to change the behaviour pattern of parents who will be charged for illegal parking.