Dundee street wiped from map in place of multis could make comeback

Russell Street pictured in 1962

A street name that disappeared when two Dundee multis were built could be resurrected if councillors back the move next week.

The city’s Russell Street was wiped from the map during the late 1960s to make way for the towering Bucklemaker and Butterburn courts at the top of Hilltown.

Mark Flynn, depute convener of the council’s city development committee, said: “The name for the new street is an open secret having been the subject of an extensive local consultation.

“Its historic links with the area have made this a well-received proposal, especially with people who have long memories.

“It is sad to see the association with one of our historic Nine Incorporated Trades disappear with the demise of Bucklemaker Court.

“However, I am sure that with the amount of redevelopment and building currently going on in Dundee we will soon be able to find another suitable location to mark their contribution to city life.”

A spokesman for Dundee City Council said: “Russell Street once joined Strathmartine Road and Derby Street and was a well-used thoroughfare as far back as 1867. It was named after Liberal Prime Minister John Russell, who held the office twice between 1846 and 1851, and again in 1865.

“He also served as home secretary and foreign secretary.”

The spokesman added that Russell Street was built over as part of the Derby Street multis development, where the first tenants were moved into their high-rise homes in 1971.

The two towers were demolished in 2013.

Members of the city development committee will decide on the new street name at a meeting on Monday.