Dundee City Council is working closely with partners across the city to deal with the ongoing impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19).
Officers are monitoring the local situation daily and following the advice given by government and NHS public health experts. The council continues to consider appropriate actions based on the national guidance.
As of today (Tuesday August 4):
Children and families service convener Stewart Hunter is congratulating pupils on their achievements as results are texted and posted to them today (Tuesday August 4).
Councillor Hunter said: "This year has presented our children and young people with a very challenging set of circumstances caused by the national response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Scottish exams were not able to go ahead in 2020 and teachers were asked to submit estimates of their pupils' awards for graded courses.
“These were further scrutinised and adjusted by the Scottish Qualifications Authority to arrive at the results young people are receiving today.
“Young people across Dundee worked extremely hard to prepare for these awards and nearly 2,900 will receive results that will help them to plan for the next steps in their futures.
“I would like to congratulate them on their achievements and thank our school staff for their efforts, and our parents, carers and families for all the support they provide for their young people during this very stressful period.
“The city council’s children and families service is now analysing the initial results and a full report on the details will be presented to committee later this session when further analysis from Scottish Government becomes available.
“Staff are available in secondary schools this week to give young people and their families advice and support, and to discuss all their possible options."
Meanwhile, a new £50,000 fund to support Christmas activities and events in communities could be launched if approved by Dundee City Council.
A review of Christmas trees across the city will see a Festive Fund created which would provide transparent and fair access to funds for every community in the city. The fund could be used to provide Christmas trees, support Hogmanay events or other fun activities and events in communities.
In addition, improvements to the City Centre offering could see projections onto Reform Street, interactive artwork in City Square and a range of other activities taking place. Improvements to lighting will also be included.
Members of Dundee City Council’s recovery sub committee will be asked to give the move the green light at its meeting on Monday August 10.
Council leader John Alexander, who will chair the meeting, said: “The time is right to review how we use public money at Christmas and empowering communities by providing direct funding is something that will be broadly welcomed.
“I know that many communities are already coordinating their activities at a local level and have delivered a lot in previous years without council funding. So, it’s right that the council helps provide the tools to be able to deliver a Christmas programme as part of this review.
“We’ve also heard what people have had to say and we want to focus a programme of festive events on the city centre that create a vibrant and exciting destination and support the retail and hospitality sectors at this critically important time.
“The proposed approach tries to balance the needs of people who have been calling for a bigger and better Christmas offering in the heart of the city, along with those in our communities who want a local way of marking the festive period.”
Mark Flynn deputy convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee added: “The Christmas period is a key time for retailers and the more that we can do to focus attention from inside and out with the city onto what we are offering the greater positive impact it will have on our recovery.”
A budget of more than £200,000 has been earmarked for Christmas activities, lights, trees and decorations this year and the report proposes that:
- £30,000 is made available to create the new to be Festive Fund which will be combined with the existing Hogmanay Fund to give a total of £50,000;
- £41,000 is added to Christmas Light Night to create a programme of festive activities from switch-on to the end of the holidays; and
- £110,000 is committed to installing lights and decorations in the city centre.
Finally, essential maintenance to a Broughty Ferry street is set to start next week.
King Street will be closed from Monday (August 10) for five working days while the Road Maintenance Partnership resurfaces the carriageway.
While the work is going on the temporary closure of the Esplanade will be removed to minimise disruption to road users as part of the co-ordination of closures and temporary diversions.
Broughty Ferry Esplanade has been closed to through traffic since June 15 as part of Spaces for People, a temporary infrastructure programme in Scotland offering funding and support to make it safer for people who choose to walk, cycle or wheel for permitted journeys and exercise, while physical distancing is in place during Covid-19 and as we transition out of lockdown.
When work in King Street is complete the temporary closure of the Esplanade will resume.
Businesses in King Street will open as usual during the essential maintenance and access for residents will be maintained. Alternative routes will be signposted and drivers are being asked for their patience.
The full list of council services affected by Coronavirus is available on the council’s website.
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