Welcome to the web presence of the Braeside and Mannofield Community Council.
Community Councils are statutory bodies, set up by an Act of Parliament. Their term of office is 3 years and they receive an annual grant from the City Council.
They have no executive powers although being close to and part of the local community they play a vital role in representing the views of the community to local authorities and other public bodies.
Anyone who lives within the Community Council area and whose name is on the electoral roll can be nominated or apply to become a Community Councillor.
There are also places for young people aged 16 and 17 years and other co-options are allowed.
The Braeside and Mannofield Community Council has an upper limit of 12 members.
For full information about Community Councils download the Aberdeen City Council Handbook from the document archive.

In compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation, Braeside and Mannofield Community Council have a data privacy policy. That policy can be viewed by clicking here

You can email us at bandmcommcouncil@gmail.com

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Police Report - March 2020

This report covers progress Police Scotland have made in dealing with the local priorities during March 2020.

The report highlights emerging issues in the area, and provide crime prevention advice and guidance. to Community Council members and residents you represent.  Our focus is to reduce crime and disorder, help create safer communities and respond effectively to local concerns.

Community Policing Priorities
Antisocial behaviour, Violence and Disorder:
During the period there was one report of vandalism to a communal door in Great Western Road. This related to an intoxicated person mistakenly attending the wrong address and they were traced and charged accordingly.

Acquisitive Crime:
There have been no reports of acquisitive crime reported during the period.

Road Safety & Road Crime:
There were no incidents of note during the period in relation to this. We continue to work with partners in response to specific complaints in terms of road traffic offences and to make use of antisocial behaviour legislation.  Residents in the areas affected by antisocial driving are encouraged to contact Police on 101 at the time to report incidents in order for us to take positive action.

Community Engagement & Reassurance
These are obviously unprecedented and challenging times for everyone as the
country deals with the Covid-19 outbreak. Rest assured Police Scotland, and of course your local CPT Officers, remain committed to keeping people safe from harm and dealing effectively with those who break the law during this difficult time.

Crime figures recently published show the North East continues to be one of the safest places to live in Scotland and the below figures refer to the Division as a whole.

A reduction in numerous types of crime were recorded during the last Quarter 3 period compared to the previous year  (April through to December end), including a decrease in crimes of dishonesty as a result of targeted proactivity being carried out across North East Police Division every day. In particular, there has been a further reduction in house-breakings (18% decrease from 649 to 532) and motor vehicle crime (down 16% from 753 to 628).

Serious assault and robberies have also decreased compared to the same period last year, with detection rates remaining high (over 90%) when compared to the national average. Numerous high-visibility operations have been launched in recent months to tackle violent crime to send a very clear message to offenders that it will not be tolerated.

Total drug offences, in particular drug supply, have also increased – a welcome rise as officers continue to carry out enforcement activity every day to remove illegal substances from our communities, identify organised crime groups and tackle drug- related crime that impacts so significantly in communities. An operation launched to tackle ‘cuckooing’ in the Buchan Corner also continues, with 53 people reported within the first year resulting in sentences of more than 20 years.  The initiative, called Operation Corner, is designed to identify vulnerable people exploited by criminals. So far, 64% of people identified as victims have engaged with support services and this preventative work is now being progressed in both Aberdeen and Moray with partners.

Group 1 crimes (non-sexual crimes of violence) have increased, however 264 of these crimes were recorded under the new Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 which was not accounted for last year. This new law is making a significant difference, with many victims of domestic abuse who may not have been identified before now gaining access to the support they need. Nationally there have been
1,313 crimes recorded against the new Act.

What to know more about how we measure up, this is where to find out:
http://www.scotland.police.uk/about-us/our-performance/

Follow us on Twitter @NorthEPolice #WestEndCPT

Also available are the three following contact email addresses for the West End:

AiryhallBroomhillGarthdeeCPT@Scotland.pnn.police.uk

HazleheadAshleyQueensCrossCPT@Scotland.pnn.police.uk
TorryFerryhillCPT@scotland.pnn.police.uk

The primary purpose of these e-mail addresses is for residents to report non-criminal queries, such as passing attentions, information, advice and non-criminal quality of life issues, such as youth annoyance. These e-mail addresses are not for reporting crimes or offences. The process for reporting any crimes or offences is to call 101, where our Service Centre will log the call on our Command and

Control system and allocate the incident to our area. Using this process negates the possibility of the report being missed and also ensures that the caller’s details, addresses and telephone numbers are noted for our awareness and response.

Should you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to discuss these with the Officer attending your Community Council Meeting or by emailing the above e-mail addresses or our Service Centre. It is not necessary to wait until the meeting and your local CPT Inspector, PI Sim welcomes your contact.

Contact Us
Please also remember you can communicate with us using any of the following:
Non emergency               Dial 101
Email -                            CPT@Scotland.pnn.police.uk
Facebook                         www.facebook.com/NorthEastPoliceDivision
Website                            www.scotland.police.uk
Emergency                      Dial 999
Crimestoppers                 Dial 0800 555 111

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Aberdeen City Council - Emergency Support Line



Aberdeen City Council have today launched an Emergency Helpline to be available throughout the Coronavirus crisis.
The Emergency Line will be particularly useful for neighbours and those in the community who may not have online access and so cannot connect with the current materials being published on line or other digital formats.

The Emergency Support Line can be contacted on    0800 0304 713    between 8am-6pm Monday to Friday from today (24th March) until further notice.  
The support line will providing welfare and financial advice, information on food sources and bill payments to those unable to obtain help from their existing support networks.

In addition information can be accessed about housing, health, food, heating, finance and schools on the coronavirus page of the Council’s website, which is being regularly updated at:

https://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/services/people-and-communities/coronavirus-covid-19

COVID 19 - Sources of Assistance

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The Community Council are receiving a great deal of information about where help can be sought during the current Coronavirus crisis. We will try and co-ordinate this information and publish it here on our website.

All the information we get will be made available by clicking on the list on the left hand side of the screen under the heading "COVID19 - Sources of Assistance".

If you can help by providing links to information that will assist our community, then email the details to the Secretary at bandmcommcouncil@gmail.com

Please call back to this website frequently as it will be updated as and when new information affecting our Community is available.

Aberdeen City Council Services

Aberdeen City Council have published information relating to the different services normally provided and how these are affected by the response to COVID-19.

The information can be accessed at
https://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/services/people-and-communities/coronavirus-covid-19

New Rules for Staying at Home and Away from others

The following new rules have been issued for guidance

NEW RULES ON STAYING AT HOME AND AWAY FROM OTHERS

The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.  When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection. That is why the government is now (23 March 2020) introducing three new measures.

1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes
2. Closing non-essential shops and community spaces
3. Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public

Every citizen must comply with these new measures. The relevant authorities, including the police, will be given the powers to enforce them – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.
These measures are effective immediately. The Government will look again at these measures in three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.

1. STAYING AT HOME
You should only leave the house for one of four reasons.
● Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as
possible.
● One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your
household.
● Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
● Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.

These four reasons are exceptions - even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

These measures must be followed by everyone. Separate advice is available for individuals or households who are isolating, and for the most vulnerable who need to be shielded.

If you work in a critical sector outlined in the further guidance, or your child has been identified as vulnerable, you can continue to take your children to school. Where parents do not live in the same household, children under 18 can be moved between their parents’ homes.

2. CLOSING NON-ESSENTIAL SHOPS AND PUBLIC SPACES
Last week, the Government ordered certain businesses - including pubs, cinemas and theatres - to close.  The Government is now extending this requirement to a further set of businesses and other venues, including:
● all non-essential retail stores - this will include clothing and electronics stores; hair, beauty and nail salons; and outdoor and indoor markets, excluding food markets.
● libraries, community centres, and youth centres.
● indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, arcades and soft play facilities.
● communal places within parks, such as playgrounds, sports courts and outdoor gyms.
● places of worship, except for funerals attended by immediate families.
● hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, campsites, caravan parks, and boarding houses for
commercial/leisure use (excluding permanent residents and key workers).

3. STOPPING PUBLIC GATHERINGS
To make sure people are staying at home and apart from each other, the Government is also stopping all public gatherings of more than two people.

There are only two exceptions to this rule:
● where the gathering is of a group of people who live together - this means that a parent can, for example, take their children to the shops if there is no option to leave them at home.
● where the gathering is essential for work purposes - but workers should be trying to minimise all
meetings and other gatherings in the workplace.

In addition, the Government is stopping social events, including weddings, baptisms and other religious ceremonies. This will exclude funerals, which can be attended by immediate family.

DELIVERING THESE NEW MEASURES
These measures will reduce our day to day contact with other people. They are a vital part of our efforts to reduce the rate of transmission of coronavirus. Every citizen is instructed to comply with these new measures. The Government will therefore be ensuring the police and other relevant authorities have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings where people do not comply. They will initially last for the three weeks from 23 March, at which point the Government will look at them again and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.

Monday, 23 March 2020

Community Council Meetings Suspended

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During this time of self-isolation due to the Coronavirus, the Community Council has followed Government advice and taken the decision to suspend the next three metings.

This means that there will be no monthly meetings of the Community Council in March April or May.  The question of resuming in June will be reviewed in light of future advice.

Whilst we are sorry to have to take this course of action, the Community Council will still be active in as much as this website will be kept up to date with any news for our community.  In addition, residents should feel free to contact us by email at bandmcommcouncil@gmail.com if we can help with
any issues.

In the meantime, please, all stay safe and follow the advice that is being given.  We all have a part to play in ensuring that the Coronavirus does not spread.

STAY SAFE

Sunday, 22 March 2020

Coronavirus Advice

The Scottish Government have issued this advice regarding the Coronavirus situation:

To slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) the general public are being asked to stay at home as much as possible and avoid unnecessary social contact. Those who cannot work from home should continue to go to work unless advised by their employer or if they display symptoms.

People over 70 and those who have high risk and underlying health conditions are being strongly advised to stay at home as much as possible and significantly reduce unnecessary social contact.

The advice is that people should:

  • minimise social contact by avoiding crowded areas and large gatherings, including religious congregations and smaller gatherings such as restaurants, pubs, bars, clubs, cinemas and gyms avoid using public transport as much as possible
  • work from home when possible
  • follow the latest health and travel advice, and follow basic hygiene precautions, such as washing hands frequently, not touching their face and covering their nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing

People showing symptoms suggestive of coronavirus should stay at home for seven days and only contact NHS 111 or their local GP if their symptoms worsen during that period.

Members of a household where someone has suspected symptoms should stay at home for 14 days.

Monday, 16 March 2020

Coronavirus - Help Your Neighbour?

As the full effect of the Coronavirus pandemic begins to bite, more and more folk will fall ill and have to self-isolate.

We need to keep an eye out for the people who are the most vulnerable in our community, especially the elderly and those who live alone.

Paying visits to neighbours to check on their well being is inadvisable and may lead to us inadvertently passing on the virus.

The Community Council have picked up on a national initiative and have developed a little form that could be could use with vulnerable folk in your area.

All you need to do is fill in your contact details, say what help you are willing to offer in the event that they are self-isolating or need assistance, and leave the form with them. They would then contact you directly as and when they need your help.

You can download the form in one of three formats

Download as a PDF file
Download as a word document
Download as a picture

Please share this post widely; but don't just share, print out the forms and use them.

Saturday, 14 March 2020

Community Council Meeting Cancelled















Following advice and consultation, members of the Community Council have decided that, due to the Coronavirus pandemic and in the interests of health and well being, the Community Council meeting due to be held on Tuesday 24 March is cancelled.

The scheduled next meeting of the Community Council will now be on 28 April 2020.

Please all stay safe.

Coronavirus Information

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways.

The following information has been released to assist in the management of the illness and to stop its spread.

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms

  • Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact your doctor to tell them you're staying at home.
Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home.

If you need urgent advice:
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

How coronavirus is spread
Because it's a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person.  Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.  It's very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.

How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus

Do
  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
Don't
  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Next Meeting of the Community Council - 24 March 2020

The next meeting of the Community Council will be held on Tuesday 24 March 2020.

As usual, the meeting will begin at 7pm prompt and will be held in the Countesswells Room of Mannofield Parish Church.

The Agenda for the meeting can be viewed by clicking here.

Any comments or queries can be forwarded to the Secretary at bandmcommcouncil@gmail.com

All welcome

Friday, 6 March 2020

Minutes of Meeting - 25 February 2020

The Community Council held its Annual General Meeting at the Mannofield Church on Tuesday 25 January 2020.  The minutes of that meeting can be viewed or downloaded by clicking here.

Immediately following the AGM the Community Council held its monthly meeting.  The minutes of the meeting can be viewed by clicking here or by accessing through the Document Archive on the right.

The next meeting of the Community Council will be held ion Tuesday 24 March 2020 in the Countesswells Room at Mannofield Church. The AGM will begin at 7pm prompt.

All Welcome

As usual, we can still be contacted with queries or comments by sending an email to the Secretary - bandmcommcouncil@gmail.com

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Police Report - February 2020

This is the latest report from our local policing unit and covers the period 1st to 29th February 2020

Community Policing PrioritiesAntisocial behaviour, Violence and Disorder: 
There was damage to a number of windows at the former Braeside Primary School building during the period and enquiries are ongoing regarding this.

Acquisitive Crime:
There was no acquisitive crime reported during the period.
Following several instances of theft from commercial premises in the area, a male was arrested and charged in connection with these. This was also linked to the previously referred to theft of a charity tin from Mannofield Church.

Road Safety & Road Crime:
There were no incidents of note during the period in relation to this. We continue to work with partners in response to specific complaints in terms of road traffic offences and to make use of antisocial behaviour legislation.  Residents in the areas affected by antisocial driving are encouraged to contact Police on 101 at the time to report incidents in order for us to take positive action.

Community Engagement & Reassurance
This month I’d like to highlight some basic steps you can take to keep yourself safe from identity theft and scams.

All kinds of personal information can be of use to criminals including your name, address, national insurance number, credit card number or any other financial account information.

There are a number of simple things you can do to protect yourself from identity
theft:

 Take a few moments to check through transactions on your bank statements
 If you're not happy and spot anything unusual or suspicious contact the bank directly to establish fraud at an early stage. If you are expecting correspondence from your bank and it doesn't arrive contact the bank immediately to inform them of your concerns
> If you move house, tell your bank and Credit Card Company immediately
> Royal Mail offers a redirection service to help prevent identity fraud when you move house
> Regularly get a copy of your personal credit file from a credit reference agency
> Cancel any lost or stolen cards
> If your passport or driving licence has been lost or stolen contact the organisation that issued it
> Don't use the same password for more than one account and never use banking passwords on other websites. Avoid using your mother's maiden name or dates of birth as passwords
> NEVER give bank details to anyone unless you know and trust them and even then be cautious

When using a cash machine, please bear the following in mind:

+ Memorise your PIN, never write it down and shield the keypad when entering it
+ If you spot any camera or suspicious device attached to a cash machine - DO NOT USE IT. Contact the bank as soon as you are able, preferably at the time
+ Immediately report a card which has been confiscated by a cash machine and, if you can, don’t leave the machine – use your mobile to call the bank immediately
+ Never rely on a stranger to help retrieve a confiscated card or assist you at a cash machine

Fraudsters may also make contact with you by phone. The caller might pretend to be from your bank and ask for personal information such as bank details or they might be someone offering you a deal or a prize.

> Consider making your phone number ex-directory or obtaining a landline handset that requires the caller to identify themselves prior to you answering
> Don’t give out any personal information unless you are the one who made the call and you are certain of the identity of the person you are speaking to
> Don’t give out your credit card or bank card details to strangers on the telephone
> NEVER tell somebody your bank PIN number, even if they claim to be the bank or Police. If the caller is genuine they will never ask for this information
> Don’t give out information which may infer that you live alone, are older or vulnerable
> Never send money to anyone who claims to have a prize for you - if it sounds too good to be true, I’m afraid it probably is!
> Contact local trading standards – they may be able to use approved ‘call blocking’ technology

Want to know more about how we measure up, this is where to find out:
http://www.scotland.police.uk/about-us/our-performance/

Follow us on Twitter @NorthEPolice #WestEndCPT

Also available are the three following contact email addresses for the West End:

AiryhallBroomhillGarthdeeCPT@Scotland.pnn.police.uk

HazleheadAshleyQueensCrossCPT@Scotland.pnn.police.uk
TorryFerryhillCPT@scotland.pnn.police.uk

The primary purpose of these e-mail addresses is for residents to report non-criminal queries, such as passing attentions, information, advice and non-criminal quality of life issues, such as youth annoyance. These e-mail addresses are not for reporting crimes or offences. The process for reporting any crimes or offences is to call 101, where our Service Centre will log the call on our Command and Control system and allocate the incident to our area. Using this process negates the possibility of the report being missed and also ensures that the caller’s details, addresses and telephone numbers are noted for our awareness and response.

Should you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to discuss these with the Officer attending your Community Council Meeting or by emailing the above e-mail addresses or our Service Centre. It is not necessary to wait until the meeting and your local CPT Inspector, PI Sim welcomes your contact.

Contact Us
Please also remember you can communicate with us using any of the following:
Non emergency               Dial 101
Email -                            CPT@Scotland.pnn.police.uk
Facebook                         www.facebook.com/NorthEastPoliceDivision
Website                            www.scotland.police.uk
Emergency                      Dial 999
Crimestoppers                 Dial 0800 555 111