Investigation into ‘deadly’ telegraph pole hanging from Dundee building

Lynne Short has promised action over the pole hanging dangerously from the side of the side of the building in Forester Street

A councillor has launched an investigation into a “deadly” telegraph pole hanging from the side of a building.

Lynne Short, the convener of city development with Dundee City Council, said she was “concerned” to hear the pole was hanging precariously from the side of a block in Forester Street.

The matter was brought to the attention of the Tele by a landlord with property in the street.

The pole sits in a communal courtyard area with blocks of flats and office buildings on the perimeter.

The landlord, who declined to be named, said it was “an accident waiting to happen” and warned a tragedy could occur if safety work wasn’t carried out.

He said: “It’s hanging precariously with a single bolt and a rusty chain holding it to the wall — it’d be deadly.

“The thing is the size of a four-storey building and must weigh tonnes.

“If it falls sideways or backwards it will hit the flats, and in front there are office buildings.

“Something needs to be done. There is already fallen masonry there from another block of flats, so the area is dangerous.

“If a kid was playing in that area I dread to think what might happen.”

As one of the private landlords of adjacent properties, he said he had tried to work out who was responsible for the pole, as it is in shared communal ground.

He said he had contacted the council about it, but claimed he was told that nothing could be done “until the situation got worse”.

He added: “It’s not really my responsibility to be doing that either. There needs to be a system in place where the council can hold private landlords to account and make sure properties can’t get into a state of disrepair like that.

“And most importantly, the council needs to enforce it.”

The Buildings (Scotland) Act 2004 states that if a local authority become aware of a building that constitutes a danger to persons in or about the building, or to the public generally, or to adjacent buildings or places, then it has a duty to act.

Lynne Short

Councillor Short said: “I will speak to my staff in building standards and get them to look into it.

“Clearly it’s concerning to hear of something dangerous like this and it’s not what the council wants to see in the city centre, or anywhere else in Dundee.”

The area was taped off by the time the Tele arrived on Friday, with workmen apparently addressing the problem.