What does a typical Dundonian look like? What do they do each day and how do they feel about their area?
In the fourth of an eight-part series, we aim to paint an up-to-date picture of how the city’s people live, based on the results of a new survey.
Dundee’s most recent citizens’ survey was carried out last year and local area results are now available. Today, Jon Brady takes a look at East End, where locals were asked about their lifestyles.
“Quiet, friendly and safe” is how residents of the East End describe their area – but a minority of locals feel the city’s bridge to Broughty Ferry is in decline.
Half of the ward’s neighbourhoods are considered “community regeneration” areas, and 4% of locals feel the area has deteriorated in the last five years.
And while 91% of people feel the area hasn’t changed, no one polled by the local authority said it was getting any better.
However, it could well be the case that residents of areas such as Mid Craigie, Douglas and Linlathen think the East End needs some tough love – as by and large, they are loyal.
A third of locals have lived in the East End for over a decade, and another 37% have been there all their lives.
Perceived issues in the area include “undesirables” moving in, anti-social behaviour and a rise in drug and alcohol misuse.
However, 98% of East Enders still feel they live in a good area.
Generally speaking, people are happy with the quality of local services such as bin collections, public transport and leisure facilities.
However, some also feel youths could do with better places to go to keep them entertained – with alcohol, drugs and “boredom” pegged as key issues that lead to bairns getting into bother.
However, with about half of the area’s adults never taking part in organised sport or social events, there could be underlying issues among the more grown-up corners of the community.
In all, 58% of those asked say poor health is to blame for them not getting out and about – and 22% say they never exercise at all.
Despite these issues, most adults say they feel optimistic about the future and “useful” to others.
Most also feel they can turn to pals for support when needed, while a majority of residents also feel safe where they live.
Cameron Duncan, 20, from Linlathen, said: “You still get the odd bit of bother with kids and things.
“I actually came home one time just as a lad was in my back garden trying to lift my bike over the fence.
“But I’ve lived in Linlathen for about 10 years and I think it’s mostly the same – people have grown up so there’s less bother with young people than there used to be.”
West Ferry resident Brian Behr, 65, a retired computer engineer, said: “I like where I am because we’re just between Dundee and the Ferry – it’s nice to be close to the beach.
“We know our neighbours on one side really well and get on with them. I can’t fault where we are.”
Carol Stewart, 66, from Douglas, said: “The Eurobins are an absolute eyesore. They always overflow and the birds get at the rubbish and they take up so many parking spaces.
“But don’t get me wrong – I’ve lived here for more than 40 years and I’ve never thought about living anywhere else. The people are really friendly and there’s a real sense of community.”