5 July 2013
Dundee Waterfront is currently the subject of a massive regeneration project.
A revamp of the iconic Tay hotel, a completely new railway station and of course the prospect of the V&A at Dundee all point toward a prosperous and exciting future within the heart of our city.
However, last Sunday as an ex resident of Coldside ward I watched the demise of the Derby Street Multis with a heavy heart.
370 homes sent crashing to the ground in a matter of seconds – the location, once cleared, is destined to become a weed ridden undeveloped space.
The land where the Maxwelltown multis once stood is currently lying in the same state.
Therefore, as we contemplate what once was, we should now turn our thoughts and attention to the future and the regeneration of these areas and the rest of the city’s wards.
Regeneration as a term has different connotations to different people and can certainly have a different meaning depending on the location where any regeneration is taking place.
Of course we must celebrate the massive improvements taking place within our city centre but we must not focus all our attention on one location while others are left to suffer.
Coldside is, unfortunately, (according to a survey carried out by The Local Community Planning Partnership Profile) among the top 10% of most deprived areas in Scotland.
A damning statistic indeed and attempts must be made to rectify this.
According to The Humankind Index based on a survey carried out by Oxfam Scotland, “people identified the most important thing in their lives as being an affordable, decent and safe home.”
A decent education, well paid satisfying employment and accessible community facilities are also several of the fundamental aspects required to help pull an area out of deprivation and into the concept of regeneration.
Of course the aforementioned are not a panacea in regard to social exclusion, they are however a step in the right direction.
We as a party must commit to ensure that any prospective development plans are put into practice for the benefit of the residents of wards such as Coldside.
We must not accept the first offer which comes along.
We must ensure that our local authority engages with communities such as Coldside and consult with the people to gain an understanding of what is actually required.
The needs and aspirations of residents are paramount.
If we can achieve this and develop a framework then we can look forward to an exciting prosperous city wide regeneration project which will benefit all.
We simply must not direct all our attention toward areas which are very much in vogue-that would simply be a travesty.