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‘A Better Cally’ – Public meeting on Thursday, July 26th at 7pm in the Jean Stokes Hall on Carnoustie Drive.

July 20, 2012

We live in a neighbourhood where residents are determined to make this a better place to live, work and do business.

There has been a great deal of concern in our neighbourhood following the transmission of the BBC TV programme “Hidden Streets – Caledonian Road”. The programme highlighted a controversy about the kind of rented accommodation that has been developed in many properties behind, above and even below shops on our high street.

It also spotlighted the controversial practice of building residential accommodation without securing planning permission and the programme raised the question about whether the Council takes enforcement action using planning powers and housing/environmental health legislation. The programme has also identified why so many shops on the Caledonian Road are empty.

On this website we have recently described the measures already being taken by the Council.

The local Councillors for Caledonian Ward have called this public meeting so that members of the public can question the official representatives of the Council about steps that are being taken to enforce against unpermitted development and poor quality accommodation. The meeting is being attended by the Executive Councillors for planning, housing and licensing and by the Council’s chief planning officer.

We also hope the meeting will support some suggested positive steps about how residents and the Council can work to build a better town centre for this neighbourhood.

The meeting is being held on the evening of Thursday 26th July, the day that the Olympic torch is coming up Caledonian Road. Through the initiative of Team Cally, with the support of Cally Traders, we are planning a great welcome for the torch – and making a very positive statement about the place where we all live. At the evening meeting we hope to harness that spirit to take the Cally forward as a great place to live, work and do business.

Please help to further publicise the meeting by printing out an A4 flyer to display in a window or pass to a neighbour. Click here for a printable PDF file of the flyer

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Sue permalink
    August 7, 2012 11:52 am

    Packed meeting with hours of comments. Are there any minutes, especially decisions which were made? What happens next?

  2. August 7, 2012 12:31 pm

    There are several actions arising from the meeting: The Council is continuing to receive and compile information about premises that lack a planning permission or valid license and a programme of inspection visits is underway. Enforcement cases are being opened on all newly identified premises that do not have a valid consent. We also proposed that the Council will draw-up a “Cally Plan” and this process will begin in September.

    Cally Councillors will publish a newsletter online and in print which will update residents about these actions. Although there is not a formal record of the meeting, the main comments will be incorporated in the newsletter. For a flavour of the meeting itself, there’s a live twitter account of the meeting which Will Perrin wrote and can be read at

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