Call to transform Dundee street into a major shopping area

Councillor Richard McCready and, inset, Perth Road.

A community leader has called for Dundee’s Perth Road to be turned into a busy “shopping centre”.

Councillors for the West End area have held talks with representatives of the local authority’s city development team to discuss its future.

The discussions were arranged after the closure of a “significant” number of businesses in the area in the past 18 months.

West End councillors Richard McCready, Fraser Macpherson and Bill Campbell were joined at the meeting by council chiefs.

The councillors want to see a full scale economic redevelopment of the area.

Speaking after the meeting, Mr McCready told the Tele: “We are very keen to promote Perth Road as a shopping centre at the West End of the city.

“We would like to see some kind of branding so that locals and visitors know what’s on offer. We are calling for a variety of things to be done to improve what’s on offer in Perth Road.

“We would like to see things like pavements improved, the streets tidied up, parking made easier and businesses supported.

“We want the council to look at the area as a whole and help to improve the economic viability of Perth Road.

“We are also looking at the importance of local businesses in the area and what can be done to improve shopping.

“That would be good for the West End and also for the city as a whole.

“There have been a significant number of businesses closed down in the West End in the past 18 months, which is a concern. We want to do all we can to help things to pick up again.

“One of our big concerns is that car parking issues in the West End have made it very difficult for local businesses to operate and thrive, and we are anxious that things don’t deteriorate any further.”

West End Community Council chairman Peter Menzies said he believed that what was going on in the area was a concern for everyone.

He said: “We believe that parking issues have actually been behind the closure of a couple of businesses and we are desperate to get things sorted out.

“We would like the chief executive of the council David Martin to come to the area to see for himself some of the issues we are facing. We would also like to be included in talks between councillors and council officers over the future of Perth Road.”

A spokesman for Dundee City Council said: “We are continuing to have constructive dialogue with representatives of the traders in the area and will continue to do so.

“The council wants to engage further on a range of ideas that are currently being developed.”