DUNDEE ACCESS GROUP
MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 30TH MARCH 2017 IN THOMAS HERD HOUSE, WARD ROAD, DUNDEE.
PRESENT: Erik Cramb, Anne Farrow, Lillian Malcolm, Gordon McDonald, Heather Flood, Sandy Cameron, Denise Cameron.
APOLOGIES: Jan Goodall, Dorothy Wilson, Carole Craig, Denis Bethell, Cyanara Ellingford.
1. MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:
The minutes of the meeting held on 2nd March 2017 were approved.
2. MATTERS ARISING:
2.1. (Re minute 1). There was no feedback from Fintry to report.
2.2. (Re minute 3.3). It was decided to delay the invitation to the bus companies to come and speak to us. Steve Emmonds, Parking Team Leader at Dundee City Council, will be invited to our next meeting.
2.3. (Re minute 3.4). Sandy said that we had now been paid the full amount we had claimed from the SDEF grant.
2.4. (Re minute 4.2). As a grant from the Scottish Government has been approved, the funeral project can now move forward and a Social Enterprise Company be established. Its remit will be to help reduce the cost of funerals.
2.5. (Re minute 4.4), Erik met with Steve Emmonds, Parking Team Leader in Dundee City Council. At the meeting, he heard that now there are some parking wardens who patrolled the city centre on foot and others who used cars to visit areas further from the centre and their focus is to deal with blue badge issues. At the end of their meeting Erik was invited to a Parking Scotland Meeting a few days later. At this meeting, he realised that parking attendants were facilitators of traffic movement rather than persecutors of individual motorists. When asked for his opinion, he said he thought that blue badge users should have free parking and should be able to park with no time limit. He also thought that, in Dundee, the present scheme to keep disabled parking bays for those with blue badges seemed to be working in the Council-controlled streets and car parks but not in those under private control e.g. supermarkets. He was amazed to hear that in one area of Scotland over the last 3 years 45% of checks on blue badge use found that use was fraudulent.
2.6. (Re Minute 5.5). Dorothy put Steve Thompson from Dundee City Council in touch with Jan to discuss the minibus situation.
2.7. (Re Minute 5.14). No one could attend the SDEF meeting.
3 OTHER AGENDA ITEMS:
3.1 Treasurer’s Report. Sandy informed us that we had received the grant from SDEF and that we were ready to make a donation to Shopmobility. Heather said that we should be able to get publicity from Shopmobility by having ‘Dundee Access Group’ displayed on one of their scooters. Sandy will pursue this further.
Sandy said that we had received another donation from the St Katharine’s Fund.
Sandy raised that we needed another signature for our chequebook as Marie no longer worked in Dundee. He will bring the appropriate form from the bank to our next meeting.
3.2 Anne brought a few copies of our leaflets and posters with her. It was agreed that we should have some more of each printed by Fairprint where we still had credit. If everyone in the group brings all the copies of leaflets and posters in their possession to our next meeting, we will decide at our next meeting how many of each to have printed.
4.1 On 2/3/17 SDEF Voice Issue 41.
4.2 On 3/3/17 via SDEF Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Inquiry into Housing for Disabled People.
4.3 On 3/3/17 from Scottish Health Council on behalf of the General Medical Council about making decisions with your doctor.
4.4 On 6/3/17via DVA an invitation to Abertay University’s free workshops during Dundee Mental Health Awareness Week.
4.5 On 7/3/17 from DVA with invitation to take part in a focus group in Dundee. The focus will cover technology in the care sector.
Lillian and Gordon attended and reported back that the convention showcased the latest assistive technology available which helps people with physical disabilities and monitors conditions such as dementia enabling them to remain in their own homes or live as independently as possible.
4.6 On 7/3/17 from SDEF inviting us to submit 300 words about our present and planned activities for their Open Door Challenge.
Sandy submitted a report on our behalf. In it he highlighted:
· The follow-on from our ramp project.
· Our letter to Dundee Chamber of Commerce about the ‘Walkaway Pound’.
· Our involvement with the Dundee Funeral Poverty Group.
· Our meeting with Dundee City Council about disabled parking in Dundee.
· Our liaison with Dundee’s Shopmobility.
4.7 On 7/3/17 from Marie Riley saying that she has a new job in Perth but she will try to attend our meetings when she can.
4.8 On 8/3/17 from SDEF saying that the whole amount of grant we had claimed had been put in our bank account.
4.9 On 9/3/17 from the Minister for Social Security who has launched the social security Experience Panels which will offer an opportunity to those with direct, personal experience of the benefit system to get involved and help shape the future of social security in Scotland.
4.10 On 9/3/17 from CILPK with info re what’s on in Perth for Disabled Access Day 10-12 March.
4.11 On 13/3/17 from Ian Buchanan, SDEF, with info re Access Panel’s Champion meeting on 17th March.
4.12 On 17/3/17 from SDEF with invitation to Access Panel Conference 26 May 2017.
4.13 On 17/3/17 from Scott Mands Dundee Partnership E-bulletin.
4.14 On 21/3/17 from SDEF sending a copy of their Local Government Elections 2017 Manifesto.
4.15 On 21/3/17 from Dorothy Wilson with info re a Portakabin Portaloo which has recently become available.
4.16 On 8/3, 15/3, 22/3 from SDEF sending a weekly poll question.
4.17 On 21/3/17 via DVA, Dundee City Council Local Development Plan Update.
5.1 Lillian and Gordon attended The DisabledGo training day on 9th March in Dundee. It had been reasonably well attended with trainees coming from as far away as Aberdeen. They explained what they had to do and gave us examples of the questions they had to ask the retailers.
5.2 IF YOU HAVE ANY COPIES OF OUR LEAFLETS AND/OR POSTERS PLEASE BRING THEM TO OUR NEXT MEETING.
6 DATE OF NEXT MEETING.
The date of the next meeting is at 12.45 on Thursday 5th May 2017 in Thomas Herd House, 10 - 12 Ward Road, Dundee, DD1 1LX.
ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE
c/o Dundee Carers Centre