Dundee housing development could resurrect old street name

Russell Street DundeeA street name that disappeared when two Dundee multi storey blocks were built could be resurrected if councillors back the move next week.

Russell Street was wiped from the map in the late 1960s to make way for Bucklemaker and Butterburn courts at the top of the Hilltown.

The street once joined Strathmartine Road and Derby Street and was a well-used thoroughfare as far back as 1867.

However the name is now being considered as part of a development of 123 flats and 40 houses currently being undertaken by Robertson Partnership Homes, on behalf of the council and Hillcrest Housing Association.

Mark Flynn, depute convener of Dundee City 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!

“However 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 re-development and building currently going on in Dundee we will find another suitable location to mark their contribution to city life.”

Russell Street 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 street was built over as part of the Derby Street multis development, which welcomed its first tenants in 1971. The high rise towers were demolished in 2013.

The city development committee meets on Monday November 27.

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