Coronavirus Update - Dundee City Council

Published

19th June 2020

As of today (Friday June 19):

• External works on various housing projects are set to restart;

• recycling service expands by extending operating hours and accepting more waste materials; and

• the Government Covid-19 mobile testing centre will return to Dundee from Saturday (June 20) until June 28.

In line with the second phase of the Scottish Government’s route map out of lockdown the council will shortly be able to restart some outside work on the city’s housing stock.

This will include work at the Derby Street new build project, external cyclical maintenance, roof replacement, external wall insulation and some external repairs. Residents will be notified as soon as possible in advance of activity getting underway again.

Internal works including smoke detector replacement, electrical testing, window replacement and boiler replacement, as well as any non-emergency and non-urgent repairs remain on hold until further Scottish Government guidance is issued.

In the meantime staff are reviewing repairs reported before lockdown which still require completion.

From Monday (June 22) residents will have to access Baldovie Household Waste Recycling Centre from 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 5pm at the weekend. The Riverside recycling centre will also expand its hours to 9am to 5pm daily.

The facilities will begin accepting clothing and textiles, batteries, fluorescent tubes, oil, TVs/monitors and soil and turf in addition to the previous materials, such as general waste, garden waste, wood, metals, rubble, fridges/freezers, and gas cylinders/bottles.

Additional vehicles will be able to access the centres from Monday with the relevant permit. This will include vans, pick-ups, eight to 11 seat mini-buses and vehicles with a single-axle trailer.

The Government’s Covid-19 testing centre will again be located in the parking area at the Michelin Athletic Club, Drumgeith Road.

Tests must be booked in advance, and dates and locations may be subject to change at short notice.

The testing is for anyone over five who shows symptoms of coronavirus - a high temperature, new, continuous cough or loss of taste or smell - and is part of the national Test and Protect programme.

For more details about symptoms, testing and the process for booking a place at the mobile unit see www.taysidecares.co.uk/testing 

As of Thursday June 18:

• Council leader praises people shielding, as authority updates on its response to the Scottish Government’s route map
• Further steps are being taken to support active travel and enable physical distancing in the city;
• Draft Gaelic Language Plan 2020-25 published.

A number of changes to Council services are planned following confirmation from the Scottish Government that the country can enter the second phase of its route map.

Throughout these gradual changes, physical distancing and hygiene measures will remain in place, and the safety of staff and citizens will be paramount.

People who have been shielding can spend time outdoors to exercise, such as walk, wheel, run or cycle, from Thursday 18th June.

In addition to this, shielded individuals can meet up with another household outdoors, including in gardens, following advice on physical distancing and hand hygiene, from Friday 19th June.

Further details of all the changes to advice for shielded individuals is available on the Scottish Government website.

Council leader Councillor John Alexander said: “It is very welcome news that I’m sure many thousands of people around Dundee will be glad to hear.

“I thank every one of the shielding individuals in Dundee who have stuck to the strict guidelines throughout this challenging time.

“I hope people will make good use of the new guidelines allowing shielded people to exercise outdoors and meet up with friends and family.

“I would urge everyone to be careful in their interactions though, as we all must continue to follow the distancing measures to contain the virus.

“It is important to highlight that we and our partners continue to support people who are shielding and need additional help throughout this process.”

Additionally, the Scottish Government announced that adults who live alone, or if all others in the household are under 18, can form an extended household with members of one other household from Friday 19th June.

Councillor Alexander added: “This is another positive development. I know that the Coronavirus pandemic has affected everyone in different ways, however social isolation has been an issue for many.

“I know that this news will help in boosting a lot of people’s mental health, with child care and with other areas of support in their lives.”

Meanwhile, phase two will also see non-essential shops open again from Monday 29th June. In order to prepare for this, city centre signage is being deployed to ensure physical distancing and organised queueing is maintained.

In line with Scottish Government guidelines, a number of services will resume operations from 29thJune, and playparks will open under physical distancing measures.

Elsewhere, moves to support active travel and enable social distancing in Dundee during the pandemic have come a step closer.

Temporary traffic orders to reduce speed limits to 20mph at four locations in the city, being introduced as part of the Spaces for People initiative, have been advertised in preparation for signage being erected next month.

The 20 mph zones will start in the Douglas area, followed by Fintry, then Perth Road and Broughty Ferry. The works for the traffic signs and road markings will begin in late June and following completion will be subject to enforcement.

As a result of Coronavirus restrictions the council and its committees are not able to meet. Essential business has therefore been delegated to the Chief Executive in consultation with the Convener of Policy and Resources Committee, Labour Group spokesperson, Conservative Group spokesperson, Liberal Democrat Group spokesperson, the independent member and the Lord Provost.

They have approved a draft Gaelic Language Plan 2020-25, which aims to raise the status and profile of Gaelic and create further practical opportunities for its use.

The full list of council services affected by Coronaviruscan be found on the Dundee City Council website.

As of today (Friday June 19):

  • External works on various housing projects are set to restart;
  • recycling service expands by extending operating hours and accepting more waste materials; and
  • the Government Covid-19 mobile testing centre will return to Dundee from Saturday (June 20) until June 28.

In line with the second phase of the Scottish Government’s route map out of lockdown the council will shortly be able to restart some outside work on the city’s housing stock.

This will include work at the Derby Street new build project, external cyclical maintenance, roof replacement, external wall insulation and some external repairs. Residents will be notified as soon as possible in advance of activity getting underway again.

Internal works including smoke detector replacement, electrical testing, window replacement and boiler replacement, as well as any non-emergency and non-urgent repairs remain on hold until further Scottish Government guidance is issued.

In the meantime staff are reviewing repairs reported before lockdown which still require completion.

From Monday (June 22) residents will have to access Baldovie Household Waste Recycling Centre from 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 5pm at the weekend. The Riverside recycling centre will also expand its hours to 9am to 5pm daily.

The facilities will begin accepting clothing and textiles, batteries, fluorescent tubes, oil, TVs/monitors and soil and turf in addition to the previous materials, such as general waste, garden waste, wood, metals, rubble, fridges/freezers, and gas cylinders/bottles.

Additional vehicles will be able to access the centres from Monday with the relevant permit. This will include vans, pick-ups, eight to 11 seat mini-buses and vehicles with a single-axle trailer.

The Government’s Covid-19 testing centre will again be located in the parking area at the Michelin Athletic Club, Drumgeith Road.

Tests must be booked in advance, and dates and locations may be subject to change at short notice.

The testing is for anyone over five who shows symptoms of coronavirus - a high temperature, new, continuous cough or loss of taste or smell - and is part of the national Test and Protect programme.

For more details about symptoms, testing and the process for booking a place at the mobile unit see www.taysidecares.co.uk/testing

 

Dundee City Council

Dundee draws skilled workers from a 60-minute catchment population of 640,000 and has a local population of over 140,000. The availability of a large pool of highly skilled labour is a key feature in the Dundee economy. Flexibility in the labour force is currently more prevalent in Dundee than in Scotland as a whole. All forms of labour market flexibility - part-time, temporary employment, self-employment and shift work - are widely operational within the city. Labour force stability in the city is excellent, enabling companies to plan with confidence. Labour turnover levels are less than 5% and absenteeism averages 2%.

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