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

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Next Meeting - 22 January 2019

The next meeting of the Community Council, will be held 7pm on Tuesday 22 January 2019.

The first meeting of 2019 will be held in the Gordon Room at Mannofield Church, Great Western Road.

The meeting will be preceded by a presentation on Community Council governance by Karen Finch, Aberdeen City Council's Community Council Liaison Officer.

Access to the Church is by the Countesswells Road entrance.

The Agenda for the meeting can be viewed or downloaded by clicking here


ALL WELCOME

Monday, 7 January 2019

Police Report - December 2018

This latest Local Policing Unit report covers progress made in dealing with priorities for the Braeside & Mannofield Community Council area during the period 1st December to 31st December 2018.

"The report aims to highlight emerging issues in your area, and to 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:
The reports of annoyance and antisocial behaviour relate primarily to persons arriving home after a night out over the festive period, anecdotally these appear to be less than in previous years meaning we are all either behaving or becoming more tolerant or perhaps a little of both. 

There have been no reported assaults or vandalisms during this period.

Acquisitive Crime:
There has been a report of a theft from an insecure vehicle which was entered overnight and a spare set of house keys were taken, this caused a considerable amount of stress and upheaval for the homeowner in getting a number of locks changed.

A secure garage was entered and a cycle taken from within, given the significant number of new cycles arriving at this time of year we would remind everyone to secure them to something in the garage/shed as well as locking the door.

Road Safety & Road Crime:
In response to your requests Officers will be taking a robust approach balancing education with enforcement to ensure the relatively small minority who are responsible for committing offences and antisocial behaviour with vehicles are held accountable for their actions. We will be working with partners and making 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.

A number of those stopped for drink driving over the festive period have been as a result of calls by concerned locals and businesses. We all have a role to play in reducing instances of drink driving, everyone from the bar staff through to the person watching from across the road. Please don’t leave it to someone else, we would much rather have 10 calls about one individual than none at all.



Community Engagement & Reassurance
As we put the festivities behind us and look to the New Year could you take a moment to have a look around your home and local area?

Now the wind has blown away most of the leaves have a look and see what’s hiding in the undergrowth is it something which the City Council could remove to the tip, is it something we should know about?

Could you improve your security? Often little more than a judiciously selected and placed plant can make the most difference.

We would ask you to look here http://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/home-and-personal-property/secure-your-home for the best current advice in relation to home security and here http://www.scotland.police.uk/homein/ for an interactive look at an example of a home and how its security could be improved.

If your still unsure and would like a home security survey your local officers would be happy to assist, please let us know using the CPT mailboxes below.

The recent successful National launch of the resilience website has proven to be a significant source of information for both community groups and individuals, we are happy to assist with information and advice at a more local level if needed.

You will find helpful links, numbers, contacts and advice on the pages of useful agencies like https://www.transport.gov.scot/ the https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/ and https://readyscotland.org/ the Scottish Government's resilience division.

Our advice as the seasons change and the weather can worsen is to familiarise yourself with your plan (we know you have one) for disruption which could be anything from flooding to a power cut.

Have look and see if you have enough de-icer and washer fluid for your car, do you know where your local grit bins are?

This is the time to think WHAT WOULD I DO IF!

If we have a significant snowfall or a period of prolonged cold temperatures do you have a snow shovel, if you rely on solid fuel do you have enough?

Once your plans are complete please spare a thought for the elderly and vulnerable in your local area. You might have a SUV and lots of outdoor clothing to get out and about, they may not.

If you are travelling on the roads you should ensure you and your vehicle are adequately prepared for the conditions, making sure you have sufficient fuel and supplies such as warm clothing, food and water in the event you are delayed. Charge your mobile phone and plan your route in advance. Listen to media broadcasts, especially local radio, and visit the Traffic Scotland website for more advice.

Our new warning levels are:
• Travel with Caution
• High Risk of Disruption
• Avoid Travel on the Roads
• High winds - travel with caution - vulnerable vehicles

The importance of the relationship between you the Community Council and us your CPT in preventing crime cannot be underestimated, you are an integral part of our community and as such have access to information and opinions not open or readily accessible to us.

You can help us in being able to take local action on behalf of local people.

We will continue to feed back to you at the Community Council meetings regarding the specific points you have raised. Should you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us.

National Campaigns

2019 will see the introduction of the DOMESTIC ABUSE (SCOTLAND) ACT 2018

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/asp/2018/5/contents/enacted.

This is a significant piece of legislation as it deals with abusive and controlling behaviour.

We recognise that domestic abuse is more than physical assaults, it's about abusers who exert control over their victims by using a range of debilitating tactics. Survivors have long told us that whilst physical assaults are often part of that abuse, it is commonly the punishing psychological abuse which is more difficult to cope with. This new legislation is very welcome as it recognises the full extent of abuse that victims suffer and allows us to bring the full weight of the law against those who commit abuse, whatever its form.

For details of the current campaign http://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/domestic-abuse/

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

You can Contact our local Police Unit through the following media:

Friday, 21 December 2018

Seasons Greetings


Braeside and Mannofield Community Council wish everyone, seasons greetings and a healthy, safe and prosperous 2019.

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Police Report - November 2018

This report has been issued by the local policing unit and covers progress made in dealing with community priorities for the Braeside & Mannofield Community Council area during the period 1st November to 30th November 2018.

"The report aims to highlight emerging issues in your area, and to 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: 
The Antisocial Behaviour calls within the area remain mostly calls relating to poor behaviour from across the age spectrum with regarding people carrying on the party on their way home. Whilst not immediately a cause for concern such behaviour can often lead to vandalisms and concern calls later in the evening, so if you think it could turn into something else let us know.

There have been no reported of vandalisms or assaults during the reporting period.

Acquisitive Crime:
There has been a report of a theft from an insecure vehicle which was entered overnight a small amount of loose change and personal items were taken. We would remind everyone particularly those with vehicles with automatic locking, to check last thing at night that it’s locked with the remote.

Road Safety & Road Crime:
In response to your requests Officers will be taking a robust approach balancing education with enforcement to ensure the relatively small minority who are responsible for committing offences and antisocial behaviour with vehicles are held accountable for their actions. We will be working with partners and making 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
Last month we mentioned our After Dark initiative, this month you can look forward to AFTER DARK II, where we revisit those properties which were in darkness and check to see if they have taken on board our advice about making your house look occupied.

As was discussed at a recent meeting you don’t have to take part in any of the crime prevention initiatives we suggest, but there again I’m sure you don’t want to look like the injured Wildebeest when the Lions come looking either. Don’t be the easy or obvious target! 


Please
  • Make sure tools, garden equipment are locked away.
  • Cycles should be locked to something in a garage or shed, we I know it’s a pain but that’s what makes them unattractive to steal. 
  • Look at the locks on your garage and shed, could you get past them easily if you needed to.
  • Are you security lights still pointing in the right direction? Do their sensors need cleaning?

#Afterdark
As the Scottish Government launches Resilience Week, we would hope to shine own resilience spotlight in a few areas to help you through winter. You will find helpful links, numbers, contacts and advice on the pages of useful agencies like 

Our advice as the seasons change and the weather can worsen is to familiarise yourself with your plan (we know you have one) for disruption which could be anything from flooding to a power cut.

Have look and see if you have enough de-icer and washer fluid for your car, do you know where your local grit bins are?

This is the time to think WHAT WOULD I DO IF!

If we have a significant snowfall or a period of prolonged cold temperatures do you
have a snow shovel, if you rely on solid fuel do you have enough?

Once your plans are complete please spare a thought for the elderly and vulnerable in your local area. You might have a SUV and lots of outdoor clothing to get out and about, they may not. 

If you are travelling on the roads you should ensure you and your vehicle are adequately prepared for the conditions, making sure you have sufficient fuel and supplies such as warm clothing, food and water in the event you are delayed.


Charge your mobile phone and plan your route in advance. Listen to media broadcasts, especially local radio, and visit the Traffic Scotland website for more advice.

Our new warning levels are:
• Travel with Caution
• High Risk of Disruption
• Avoid Travel on the Roads
• High winds - travel with caution - vulnerable vehicles

The importance of the relationship between you the Community Council and us your CPT in preventing crime cannot be underestimated, you are an integral part of our community and as such have access to information and opinions not open or readily accessible to us. 

You can help us in being able to take local action on behalf of local people. We will continue to feed back to you at the Community Council meetings regarding the specific points you have raised. Should you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us.

You can Contact our local Police Unit through the following media:

Meeting Minutes - 27 November 2018

The Minutes of the Community Council meeting held on Tuesday 23 October 2018 can be viewed by clicking here or by accessing through the Document Archive on the right. 

The next meeting of the Community Council is scheduled for Tuesday 27 November 2018 in the Gordon Room at Mannofield Church at 7pm.

Meeting dates till the end of the year are listed on the right.

All Welcome

We can still be contacted with queries or comment by sending an email to the Secretary - bandmcommcouncil@gmail.com

Friday, 30 November 2018

New Community Council

Following the Community Council elections in October the following were appointed as Community Councillors for the next three years.

At the Community Council meeting on the 27th November the office bearers were appointed and Anne Simpson was co-opted to the Council.

Audrey Harvey (Vice Chair)
Charles Lowe
Seumus Macinnes
Naomi Mandel (Chair)
Keith Pirie (Secretary)
Patricia Reid
Ken Reilly (Licensing and Planning)
Anne Simpson
William Stevenson

The Community Council is still looking for new members.  If you are interested in, or want to find out more about the work of the Community Council, email the Secretary for more information, or come along to one of our meetings.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Next Meeting - 27 November 2018

The next meeting of the Community Council, will be held 7pm on Tuesday 27 November 2018.

This meeting is the first of the new Community Council term of three years and we would welcome anyone who missed the elections, but would like to serve on the Community Council, to come along.
The Community Council does have the power to co-opt members. There are currently 8 Community Councillors and 4 vacant posts. 

We would also like to encourage younger residents in the Community Council area aged between 16 and 17 years of age to come on board through the co-opting path.

If you want any further information  have a look at our fact sheet that you can access by clicking here or by emailing the Secretary

The meeting will be held in the Gordon Room at Mannofield Parish Church, Great Western Road, with access to the Church by the Countesswells Road entrance.

The Agenda for the meeting can be viewed or downloaded by clicking here

ALL WELCOME

Sunday, 11 November 2018

After Dark

With the nights getting darker earlier, Police Scotland have issued advice on how to protect your home from housebreakers.

The advice includes;

  • Use of timer switches on lights and radios to make it look as if your home is occupied
  • Ensure all doors and windows are secure when you leave and when you go to bed
  • If possible, use security lighting at the front and back of your property
  • Make sure all garden tools and ladders are locked away when not being used
  • Use a good quality lock on any garden sheds and out houses
  • Make a note of all makes, models and serial numbers of your property


FINALLY - If you notice anything suspicious in your neighbourhood report it to Police Scotland by phoning 101

Monday, 5 November 2018

Ice Grippers

Last year the Community Council purchased a quantity of overshoe ice grippers to help residents whose mobility was restricted or curtailed because of frost/snow and the fear of falling.

The grippers proved so popular that the Community Council have, again, purchased 250 pairs of ice grippers and placed them at various local community outlets for distribution.

If you would like a pair of the ice grippers to help you move around in ice and snow please call in at Airyhall Community Centre, St Francis Church, Cafe Connect at Mannofield Church or Airyhall Library and ask the staff there for a pair.

All of the grippers have been distributed to these outlets for issuing on a priority need, first come first served basis. The Community Council do not hold a stock of grippers and, unfortunately numbers are limited so once the supply has been exhausted, there are no more.

The ice grippers come in two sizes – Medium (shoe sizes 3-6) and Large (shoe sizes 7-11)

Fingers crossed that winter will be kind to us and the need for the overshoe grippers will be minimal.

Police Report - October 2018

This report has been issued by the local policing unit and covers progress made in dealing with community priorities for the Braeside & Mannofield Community Council area during the period 1st October to 31st October 2018.

"The report aims to highlight emerging issues in your area, and to 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.

Antisocial behaviour, Violence and Disorder: 
The Antisocial Behaviour calls within the area remain mostly calls relating to poor behaviour from across the age spectrum with regarding people carrying on the party on their way home. Whilst not immediately a cause for concern such behaviour can often lead to vandalisms and concern calls later in the evening, so if you think it could turn into something else let us know. 

There have been no reported of vandalisms or assaults during the reporting period.

Acquisitive Crime:
There have been no reports of any acquisitive crime in this reporting period. A theft of motorcycle nearby should be a reminder that unfortunately a steering lock is insufficient to secure a motorcycle and the use of a disc brake lock would be the minimum recommended.

Road Safety & Road Crime:
In the middle of the month we undertook a Roads Policing operation specially designed to address inappropriate speed on the local roads across the area you have asked us to be aware of. This resulted in some 88 people being spoken to by the Police for various offences, including one individual who had driven though quite a bit of our area before he was stopped as part of this operation, he was unable to read a number plate at the required distance and was subject to an immediate revocation of licence.

We will, over the coming months, continue to address your concerns regarding Speeding, however if you have If you have concerns about someone’s fitness to drive the quickest way for action is to contact the DVLA is https://live.email-dvla.service.gov.uk/w2c/en_gb/decisions/root

Community Engagement & Reassurance
Now the clocks have gone back we are all aware of the nights being just that little darker, this is the time at which we would hope you review your home security for the winter months,

 Make sure tools, garden equipment are locked away.

 Cycles should be locked to something in a garage or shed, we I know it’s a pain but that’s what makes them unattractive to steal.

 Look at the locks on your garage and shed, could you get past them easily if you needed to.

 Are you security lights still pointing in the right direction? Do their sensors need cleaning?

Over the last 3 weeks you may have seen our updates on Twitter regarding your local officers being out on foot checking our streets to identify homes which look unoccupied in the darkness. You may even have had an after dark postcard through your letterbox, I know quite few people have!

Take a moment when you come home in the evening to look at your house and ask yourself does it look occupied, if it doesn’t you need to do something about it.

We are always happy to hear from you at the CPT email addresses where we often assist with general queries, I have added a couple of recent ones below which may be of use to us all.

As Halloween and Bonfire night are upon us I would draw your attention to our advice on “Trick or Treating” or “Penny for the Guy”  https://www.askthe.scottish.police.uk/content/Q322.htm.

This is an authorised site at which you can find further information on a whole range of questions https://www.askthe.scottish.police.uk/content/@1.htm

When it comes to reporting Fires of ANY KIND please do not contact us and ask we attend to see if it’s ok to call the Fire Brigade, if you think someone should know about a fire whatever the circumstances call our colleagues in SFRS using 999, if they think we need to know they will contact us.

We have been asked for the following link quite a lot recently and it is in relation to vehicles parked on double yellow lines. Parking within Aberdeen City has been decriminalised since 2003 and its enforcement is not a matter for the Police, it is a matter for the City Wardens you can contact them here 03000 200 292 or if out of hours here citywardens@aberdeencity.gov.uk

The importance of the relationship between you the Community Council and us your CPT in preventing crime cannot be underestimated, you are an integral part of our community and as such have access to information and opinions not open or readily accessible to us.

You can help us in being able to take local action on behalf of local people.

We will continue to feed back to you at the Community Council meetings regarding the specific points you have raised. Should you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us.

National Campaigns
This time of year a number of our young people take their first forays into the night time economies in both the City and Shire, as exciting as it can be for the young people it can be a worrying time for families.

The North East of Scotland is one of the safest places in Western Europe however a timely reminder that one of the City's successes the "Ask Angela" scheme has been extended to the Shire, it's worth everyone taking a look.

http://www.scotland.police.uk/whats-happening/news/2018/October/ask-for-angela-scheme-extended-in-ne

You can Contact our local Police Unit through the following media:

Ø  ' 101 – Non emergency;
Ø  ; Web – www.scotland.police.uk;
Ø  ' 999 – Emergency;
Ø  ' 0800 555 111 - Crimestoppers.

Monday, 29 October 2018

Minutes of Meeting - 23 October 2018

The Minutes of the Community Council meeting held on Tuesday 23 October 2018 can be viewed by clicking here or by accessing through the Document Archive on the right.

The next meeting of the Community Council is scheduled for Tuesday 27 November 2018 in the Gordon Room at Mannofield Church at 7pm.

Meeting dates till the end of the year are listed on the right.

All Welcome

We can still be contacted with queries or comment by sending an email to the Secretary - bandmcommcouncil@gmail.com

Unconventional Oil and Gas Consultation

The Community Council has recently received a notification that the Scottish Government are seeking to consult on the future of unconventional oils and gas recovery.  Rather than paraphrase the information it is replicated below for information.

"The Scottish Government is currently finalising its policy position on the development of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland.

As part of that process the Scottish Government is inviting views on the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and partial Business, Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) of their preferred policy position, that the Scottish Government does not support the development of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland.

These assessments are necessary before the policy position can be finalised and are the latest steps in the approach that the Scottish Government has adopted on this issue.

On 28 January 2015, the Scottish Government put in place a moratorium on unconventional oil and gas development in Scotland. This prevents hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for shale oil and gas, and coal bed methane extraction taking place.

Scottish Government undertook a far-reaching investigation into unconventional oil and gas, including a four-month public consultation, Talking “Fracking”, which concluded in May 2017 and received more than 60,000 responses. You can read more about Talking Fracking here: https://consult.gov.scot/energy-and-climate-change-directorate/fracking-unconventional-oil-and-gas/

On 24 October 2017, the Scottish Parliament voted in favour of the Scottish Government’s preferred position of not supporting the development of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland. This preferred policy position was set out in a written statement on the Scottish Government website on 07 December 2017.

The practical effect of the current moratorium, and the on-going policy-making process, is that no fracking or other unconventional oil and gas activity can take place in Scotland at this time. Further information can be found on the Scottish Government website at: https://www.gov.scot/Topics/Business-Industry/Energy/onshoreoilandgas

Any policy decision that has potential for significant environmental effects must be subject to a SEA prior to its finalisation. These requirements are set out in the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005. A Strategic Environmental Assessment is a means of considering the likely significant impact of a public plan, programme or strategy on the environment. 

As there is potential for significant environmental effects, either as a consequence of industrial activity or as a consequence of not permitting an unconventional oil and gas industry, a SEA is required before the policy is finalised.

Similarly, as there is potential for business and regulatory impacts, either as a consequence of industrial activity or as a consequence of not permitting an unconventional oil and gas industry, a BRIA is required before the policy is finalised.

A partial BRIA has been produced help to assess the likely costs, benefits and risks of the preferred policy position and views are invited on its contents. The final BRIA will build on the partial BRIA and the consultation analysis.

The consultation will close Tuesday 18 December 2018.

When providing views to this consultation on the SEA Environmental Report, the preferred policy position statement and the partial BRIA, there is no need to restate views already covered in the 2017 Talking “Fracking” public consultation analysis report, as these have been, and will continue to be, taken into account as the Scottish Government finalises its policy position on unconventional oil and gas.

Responses to the consultation are invited via the Citizen Space portal: https://consult.gov.scot/energy-and-climate-change-directorate/preferred-policy-position-on-uog/
Alternative formats can be made available on request via UOGSEAConsultation@gov.scot"UOGSEAConsultation@gov.scot

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Leave a Light on

With the evenings becoming dark earlier it is important, if you are going out or going away, to leave a light on.

A dark house tells a housebreaker that there is no-one in and may just tempt him to break in.

Police Scotland carried out an evening operation recently and found a significant number of homes in total darkness. In these cases local officers left an advice leaflet for the house occupant.

Electrical timers are relatively cheap to buy and, when connected to lamp, will ensure that you always have a light in your house to deter the housebreaker.

Remember to Leave a Light on!

The Santa Fun Run

A group of Santas will be running down Union Street collecting money to help Charlie House. 
Charlie House is a local charity started in 2011 to help make life better for babies, children and young people who have life-threatening or life-limiting conditions.  It also supports their parents, brothers and sisters, and all those who love them.

The run, will start in Albyn  Place between 5pm and 6pm on 25th November ,just before the city's Christmas lights are switched on. 

Entrants must be 16 or over but mini Santas can take part if accompanied by an adult.

Tickets for the event are £10, with a family ticket available for £35, which includes a bib number, a Santa suit and a winner's medal and a special Christmas goodie bag for each participant.

The event is also open to wheelchair users and their carers who can buy a ticket for £10.

All participants are asked to register at the desk in Victoria Street by 3.30pm.  Places can also be booked by visting the Eventbrite website at  bit.ly/2QAEUH9

TESCO Robbery Appeal

Police Scotland are renewing their appeal for information on the attempted robbery at the Tesco store in Great Western Road about 10.50pm on Friday 21 September.

They are looking for a man, believed to be in his late 30s or early 40s.

He is described as 5ft 7in with a local Aberdeen accent and wearing a distinctive two-tone black and grey hooded top with green draw strings.

A police spokesman said: “Although the persons involved in this incident were not hurt or injured in any way, they were left feeling understandably shocked and frightened.

“I would urge anyone who recognises the person in the image or the male himself to make contact with the police on 101 as soon as possible quoting ref. no. CF0232820918.

“You can also contact the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 if you would prefer to remain anonymous.”

You can see a picture of the man that police want to trace by clicking here.

Polish Celebrations in Aberdeen

The Polish Association Aberdeen are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining independence by holding 8 local events.

At 7pm on 3rd November, an Edinburgh based Polish-Scottish theatre group, 'Lustro Sceny/ Mirror of the stage' directed by Mikolaj & Patrycja Zajac, will present the play 'Lilies' at Aberdeen Arts Centre.

The evening will begin with a reception for the guests in the gallery from 4pm which will include an exhibition 'Women of Independence' (it will be at the Central Library from 12th of November) and prof. Zdzislaw Bieganski will speak about one particular woman of independence.

Image result for lilies clip artFrom 5pm, in the Conference Room, there will be a book reading with Dr Helen Lynch - 'Elephant and the Polish question' and 'Tea for the rent boy' have very strong Polish-Scottish links. 

At 6pm, Dr Elwira Grossman will give a lecture: 'Power of Invisible: Adam Mickiewicz and his poetic world'. 

At aprox. 8.15pm (after the theatre play), Melting Pot Collective will perform at the 'Coffee Bar' of Aberdeen Arts Centre.

Tickets for 'Lilies' are £10 and can be obtained from the Box Office or online 

Other events marking the anniversary are:

* 1st November, from 7pm, St John's Church - 'Bogu i Ojczyznie' - a spectacle with sung poetry by the actors and musicians from 'Teatr Polski' in Bielsko-Biala. Poetry of Adam Mickiewicz, Cyprian Kamil Norwid, father Piotr Skarga and John Paul II and more with top musicians from south Poland.

* 2nd November, Town House - 10.30am a tour of Town House with actors from Edinburgh (Lustro Sceny/ Mirror of the Stage); actors from Bielsko-Biala, prof. Zdzislaw Bieganski (University of Kazimierz Wielki); dr hab. Tomasz Orlow (University of Silesia).

*2nd November, Exodus, from 7pm - 'Polish Scottish Ceilidh' with Danse McCabre ceilidh band and our Polish guests performing; Polish (bigos, pierogi, barszcz and krokiety, sandwiches) and Scottish (haggis, neeps, tatties) traditional food will be served. Tickets £10 standard; £6 concessions available on the door (food tasting included in a ticket price).

* 3rd November, St Andrew's Cathedral, 12pm - organ and grand piano recital by prof. Tomasz Orlow

* 4th November, Newton Dee Phoenix Theatre, 3pm - grand piano concert by prof. Tomasz Orlow

* 5th November, Monday, Belmont Filmhouse from 6pm - event with historians prof. Zdzislaw Bieganski (University of Kazimierz Wielki in Poland) and prof. Karin Friedrich (University of Aberdeen). Event about the history of Poland's partition, 18th, 19th early 20th century, road of Poland to independence, Greater Poland Uprising.

* 4th November, Sunday, King's College Chapel, 8pm - organ recital by prof. Tomasz Orlow

* around 12th November we are also planning the opening of 'Women of Independence' exhibition commemorating great Polish women who helped our cause of independence.Your help will be much appreciated.

Friday, 12 October 2018

Temporary Traffic Lights - Craigton Road

Aberdeen City Council have advised that there will be temporary traffic lights on Craigton Road close to Hillhead of Pitfodels between 19 and 23 November.

The lights will be in operation between the hours of 9am and 4pm daily and are installed to allow SSE to carry out road works at that location.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Aberdeen Cross City Transport Connections - Consultation

Aberdeen City Council are holding public consultations on the Cross City Transport Connections between the 8th October and the 31st October 2018.

The Public Consultation is to be held to gather feedback on the potential public transport and active travel for Aberdeen Cross-City Connections. 

Nine public transport options, and a range of active travel connections are being considered as part of this study to examine transport connectivity to from the new/existing development sites and identify appropriate transport infrastructure and connectivity improvements.

As part of the Consultation, an online questionnaire will be open until 31st October 2018 where the public can record their views through a short online survey. Link to the online survey below:

Police Report - September 2018

This report covers progress we have made in dealing with your priorities for the Braeside & Mannofield Community Council area during the period 1st September to 30th September 2018.

Antisocial behaviour, Violence and Disorder: 
The Antisocial Behaviour calls within the area have comprised mostly of calls relating to poor behaviour from across the age spectrum with regarding people carrying on the party on their way home, whilst no one expects people to walk back from parties or the pub in silence a little thought to the residential areas you are passing through would be appreciated. Whilst not immediately a cause for concern such behaviour can often lead to vandalisms and concern calls later in the evening, so if you think it could turn into something else let us know. 

There have been no reported of vandalisms or assaults during the reporting period.

Acquisitive Crime:
There has been an attempted robbery at the TESCO on Great Western Road in which a male threatened Staff, fortunately, no one was hurt or anything taken. In relation to this attempted robbery we would like to trace the an seen in this CCTV picture.

There have been no reports of other acquisitive crime during this period. 

We would reiterate when conducting your night time routine in addition to checking the doors are locked please check you haven’t left your keys in the outside of the door lock or left your vehicles unlocked as has happened recently.

Road Safety & Road Crime:
In response to your requests Officers will be taking a robust approach balancing education with enforcement to ensure the relatively small minority who are responsible for committing offences and antisocial behaviour with vehicles are held accountable for their actions. We will be working with partners and making 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.

Whilst your local officers predominately detect Drink Drivers as part of specific speeding patrols or on route to other calls there have been 3 occasions this month in which we have been assisted by members of the local community who have seen someone within a local licenced premises clearly intoxicated and about to drive then informed the police. Please never hesitate to contact us if you see a drink driver or someone about to drive, remember it is a crime in progress and one which can have very serious consequences for innocent members of our community.

Community Engagement & Reassurance: 
Now the schools are back our young people will have formed new friendships and moved into new groups, whilst the evenings are still lighter and the weather good our outdoor spaces are just the place for them. 

When we are telling them you stay out longer/explore further because you’re a year on please let that advice include where not to go and the reasons why. We have a significant number of building sites and derelict buildings within our area which young people are attracted to because they offer excitement and are out of the public view, they all so offer in many cases a significant danger once you have climbed past the security barriers. 

As the nights start to grow longer and the time approaches for the clocks to go back we would encourage you to take a look at your property: 

* Ensure that unneeded tools and furniture (particularly ladders) are securely locked away

* Have you have adjusted your evening routine to ensure there is a light on at home, even when you're out? We know this can mean a constant fiddle with time clocks as it gets darker earlier however having a light on at home in the evenings is a significant deterrent. 

Take the change in seasons as a prompt to review your security regarding not just outside lighting but also what physical measures you could take and think, if you were locked out how would you get in, if the answer is other than getting the spare key from a friend or family (not under a plant pot) you are leaving yourself vulnerable.  http://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/home-and-personal-property/secure-your-home

Have a look through your shed or garage window and ask yourself could you get in and if you could you get away with the items inside.  http://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/home-and-personal-property/secure-your-garden-and-outbuildings 

Further information on a whole range of questions can be found here  https://www.askthe.scottish.police.uk/content/@1.htm

The importance of the relationship between you the Community Council and us your CPT in preventing crime cannot be underestimated, you are an integral part of our community and as such have access to information and opinions not open or readily accessible to us. You can help us in being able to take local action on behalf of local people. We will continue to feed back to you at the Community Council meetings regarding the specific points you have raised. Should you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us.

National Campaigns
This time of year a number of our young people take their first forays into the night time economies in both the City and Shire, as exciting as it can be for the young people it can be a worrying time for families.  The North East of Scotland is one of the safest places in Western Europe however a timely reminder that one of the City's successes the "Ask for Angela" scheme has been extended to the Shire, it's worth everyone taking a look.

http://www.scotland.police.uk/whats-happening/news/2018/October/ask-for-angela-scheme-extended-in-ne

You can Contact our local Police Unit through the following media:

Ø  ' 101 – Non emergency;
Ø  ; Web – www.scotland.police.uk;
Ø  ' 999 – Emergency;
Ø  ' 0800 555 111 - Crimestoppers.

Monday, 8 October 2018

Minutes of Meeting - 25 September 2018


The Minutes of the Community Council meeting held on Tuesday 25 September 2018 and the notes of the discussion with David Phillips, Operations Director of First Bus can be viewed by clicking here or by accessing through the Document Archive on the right. 

The next meeting of the Community Council is scheduled for Tuesday 23 October 2018 in the Gordon Room at Mannofield Church at 7pm.

Meeting dates till the end of the year are listed on the right.

All Welcome

We can still be contacted with queries or comment by sending an email to the Secretary - bandmcommcouncil@gmail.com

FREE Salt Bags

You may have seen in the press that the City Council are offering large bags of salt to communities for use in de-icing pavements and roads when the winter weather sets in.

The salt, donated by John Ross Jnr, comes in 1 tonne bags and will be delivered for residents use.  Obviously, the bags cannot be dropped in an area of public footway, carriageway or car park as the bag would be susceptible to vandalism, theft or misuse and obstruct the area for pedestrians and vehicles. 

In addition, they cannot be dropped on any green areas as the salt would kill the existing vegetation.

If you would like to host a bag for your area, you should email winter@aberdeencity.gov.uk or phone 0300 0200 292.

You will need to be able to give the following details:

· The name of the person who will be responsible for the bag
· Details of a secure location to drop the bag (such as a driveway, locked gate or garage)

and you will need to ensure that the location has 3m width clearance for the delivery lorry and 1.5m2 space to store the bag.

Requests for a salt bag should be with the council before 1 November

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Next Meeting - 25 September 2018

The next meeting of the Community Council, will be held 7pm on Tuesday 25 September 2018.

It will be held in the Gordon Room at Mannofield Parish Church, Great Western Road, with access to the Church by the Countesswells Road entrance.

The Agenda for the meeting can be viewed or downloaded by clicking here

ALL WELCOME

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Police Report - August 2018

This report covers progress we have made in dealing with the policing priorities for the Braeside & Mannofield Community Council area during the period 1st July to 31st July 2018. 

Antisocial behaviour, Violence and Disorder: 
The Antisocial Behaviour calls within area relate primarily to the inconsiderate use of our open spaces and parks during the better weather recently, we would not only urge everyone to use them responsibly clearing up after themselves and showing consideration for local residents but that the local residents remind themselves that the areas are for everyone to use and enjoy. 

We have 1 report of an Unmanned Ariel Vehicle (drone) being used in circumstances out with the Air Navigation Order, the operator has been charged and a report has been submitted to the PF.

With one recent local incident in which a drone was seized and its operator charged, we are keen to highlight the existing legislation around the use of drones and the potential risks if they are flown in and around crowded or built-up areas. 

Drones are becoming more popular for filming and photographing scenic areas or places of interest but it is essential that they are used responsibly and they do not cause alarm or injury to members of the public.

We would advise drone operators to familiarise themselves with all the appropriate legislation so as to ensure they adhere to existing aviation laws and regulations, and be aware of the areas in our community where drone activity may pose a particular sensitivity.”

Please visit the Civil Aviation Authority’s website at the following link:

http://www.caa.co.uk/Consumers/Unmanned-aircraft/Recreational-drones/Recreational-drone-flights/ 

There have been no reported of vandalisms or assaults during the reporting period. 

Acquisitive Crime:
There have been no reports of acquisitive crime during this period. When conducting your night time routine in addition to checking the doors are locked please check you haven’t left your keys in the outside. If you leave the house please lock sheds and side access doors to gardens.
Road Safety & Road Crime:

In response to your requests Officers will be taking a robust approach balancing education with enforcement to ensure the relatively small minority who are responsible for committing offences and antisocial behaviour with vehicles are held accountable for their actions. We will be working with partners and making 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.

We would also remind some of our Adults that whilst for them riding a cycle on the pavement is not allowed for children doing their paper rounds it is ok.
Community Engagement & Reassurance:
Now the schools are back our young people will have formed new friendships and moved into new groups, whilst the evenings are still lighter and the weather good our outdoor spaces are just the place for them. 

When we are telling them you stay out longer/explore further because you’re a year on please let that advice include where not to go and the reasons why. 

We have a significant number of building sites and derelict buildings within our area which young people are attracted to because they offer excitement and are out of the public view, they all so offer in many cases a significant danger once you have climbed past the security barriers. 

We are often asked what I do in the case of a Road Traffic Collision. Do I need to call the Police? 

No you do not, unless there is injury and or the road is blocked, if there is no Injury YOU just need to exchange details and move the vehicles to a safe place.
S170 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 details what you need to provide and what you are entitled to get back, "The driver of the mechanically propelled vehicle must stop and, if required to do so by any person having reasonable grounds for so requiring, give his name and address and also the name and address of the owner and the identification marks of the vehicle."

Please note this does not include insurance details or phone numbers, the Police will not attend just to apportion blame.

National Campaigns
This time of year a number of our young people look to move away from home and into further education, the advice below will be invaluable in keeping those loved ones safe as well as their property with them.

It can be a daunting time for any young person and their family however significantly more support and advice is available than in years gone by.
http://www.scotland.police.uk/whats-happening/news/2018/august/student-safety-2018-campaign-launched

You can Contact ourlocal police Unit through the following media:

Ø  ' 101 – Non emergency;
Ø  ; Web – www.scotland.police.uk;
Ø  ' 999 – Emergency;
Ø  ' 0800 555 111 - Crimestoppers.