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, 17 April 2019

Speeding Enforcement

Our Local Community Policing Team have planned an initiative in the area during the week beginning 22 April, to target speeding motorists.  The initiative involves officers spending 30-40 minutes on the routes of community concern.

Sergeant Lewis-Dalby is keen to establish those roads in the Community Council area where there are chronic problems and those on which residents believe we may have an issue and has asked the Community Council for a list of suitable roads in our area.

If you have concerns about speeding in your street or if you can suggest locations where there is a problem of persistant speeding by motorists please drop us an email and we will add it to the list for Sergeant Lewis-Dalby.

The nature of the initiative means that patrols will be deployed in the policing area, certain days will be focused on particular areas.  The team are planning on being in the Braeside and Mannofield Community Council area on 24th April between 1400 - 2300.

Email us on bandmcommcouncil@gmail.com

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Next Meeting - 23 April

The next meeting of the Community Council, will be held on Tuesday 23 April 2019 in the Gordon Room at Mannofield Church, Great Western Road.

As usual, the meeting will begin at 7pm PROMPT.

Access to the Church is by the Countesswells Road entrance.

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

ALL WELCOMEì

Saturday, 6 April 2019

Minutes of Meeting - 26 March 2019

The Minutes of the Community Council meeting held on Tuesday 26 March 2019 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 April 2019 in the Gordon Room at Mannofield Church.

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

Parking Restrictions - Airyhall Road

Between 8am on 2 May and 5pm on 11 May there will be a temporary prohibition of waiting on either side of Airyhall Road between its junction with Northcote Hill and the western boundary of number 16 Airyhall Road. 

Illegally parked vehicles will be removed at the owner’s expense. The measures are necessary to protect public safety during street lighting connection works. 

Any queries regarding this restriction can be directed to Nicol of Skene on 01224 063063, or enquiries@nicolofskene.com

Police Report - March 2019

Our Local Policing Team have circulated the following information:-

Community Policing Priorities
Antisocial behaviour, Violence and Disorder: 
Although we have had no reports of off road motor cycles on the Deeside Railway line they have been seen in other local areas, please can you call us at the time you see them with a description of the bike and the what the rider was wearing, calling us saying you saw three motor cycles a couple of hours ago with no description is of little practicable use. There have been no reported vandalisms, assaults or disorder during this period.

Acquisitive Crime:
There has been a report of a sneak in theft to an insecure house in which money a personal items were stolen and a housebreaking to a local sporting premises in which entry was forced overnight and money taken. Unusually a large chimney pot planter taken from a garden overnight this would not have been easy to accomplish. Should you see someone hanging about and think it’s not quite right please call us.

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
Spring is a time for change in many respects and is never better signalled with the clocks going forward this weekend. Our recent emphasis has been in you helping us manage risk for our young people and our seniors, we would like to take a little time to be selfish and think of yourselves.

Please before everything comes into bud and leaf have a look around your garden along the path you walk the dog or on the way you drive to work and school is there something lying there that should be removed some rubbish or refuse, contact ACC here https://integration.aberdeencity.gov.uk/en/service/flytipping_report

Stand back for a moment and think if you had to break into your neighbour’s house and steal his car how would you do it? It’s often easier to be critically objective of someone else’s situation than your own but would the same method apply to you? Is there something which would give easy access to your property? Is there something which because of the many new developments would make a good place to hide or just hang out?

If you need assistance in this we are exactly the right people to contact for a Home security survey. AiryhallBroomhillGarthdeeCPT@Scotland.pnn.police.uk 

I frequently mention at local meetings we are an information hungry organisation and we thrive on what you tell us, please think of the above and if you have any concerns, thoughts, queries or question let us know. AiryhallBroomhillGarthdeeCPT@Scotland.pnn.police.uk

I would also invite you to let us know where you think we can assist your community over the summer months. Whilst many of the things that annoy people are just that annoyances and not for the Police many aren’t. I would like you to think of the things you think we should know, whether it be off road bikes, youth disturbance, speeding, underage drinking, please don’t always assume someone else has told us we would rather hear about something seven times than not at all.

We, your local policing team are driven by what you tell us, so please take this opportunity to contact us AiryhallBroomhillGarthdeeCPT@Scotland.pnn.police.uk and let us know. You might be surprised that we are addressing the issues you present and that your information will make our response that little bit more effective in meeting local needs.

You can no doubt sense I am pushing our Local CPT Email inboxes, for you in our area we are trying to make them the equivalent of the informal chat over a garden fence, they are not for ongoing crimes but they absolutely are for you to tell us everything else.

What to know more about how we measure up, this is where to find out.
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

You can Contact our local Police Unit through the following media:
101 – Non emergency;
Email - AiryhallBroomhillGarthdeeCPT@Scotland.pnn.police.ukFacebook – www.facebook.com/NorthEastPoliceDivision;
Web – www.scotland.police.uk;
999 – Emergency;
0800 555 111 - Crimestoppers.


Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Minutes of Meeting - 26 February 2019

The Minutes of the Community Council meeting held on Tuesday 26 February 2019 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 26 March 2019 in the Gordon Room at Mannofield Church immediately after the Annual General Meeting.

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

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Little Book of Big Scams

The Royal Bank of Scotland in association with Police Scotland, the Scottish
Business Resilience Centre and the National Police Chief's Council have published an advice booklet describing some of the most prevalent scams.

The booklet describes online Crime in simple understandable language and gives sensible advice to minimise you becoming a scam victim.

How scams are carried out and checklists of steps to identify and prevent them are produced for the following: 

Wi-Fi Hotspots
Online Shopping and Auction Sites
Computer Software Service Fraud
Romance and Dating Fraud
Recruitment Fraud
Holiday Fraud
Ticketing Fraud
Online Banking and Card Fraud
Identity Fraud
Courier Fraud
Door to Door Fraud
Investment Fraud AND
Scam Mail

There is also a section on what to do if you get scammed detailing who to contact to report scams.

Download your copy of the book by clicking here.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Next Meeting - 26 March 2019

The next meeting of the Community Council, will be held on Tuesday 26 March 2019 in the Gordon Room at Mannofield Church, Great Western Road.

As usual, the meeting will begin at 7pm PROMPT.

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

Saturday, 2 March 2019

Police Report - February 2019


This report aims to highlight emerging issues in the area, and to provide crime prevention advice and guidance to residents in Braeside and Mannofield.  Local CPT's focus is to reduce crime and disorder, help create safer communities and respond effectively to local concerns. This is their update:-

Community Policing Priorities
Antisocial behaviour, Violence and Disorder: 
There has been one report of a vandalism in which a house window was damaged overnight. Whilst our area is a thoroughfare for many it is unusual to have people wandering our streets in the early hours, if you see or hear anything out of the ordinary please let us know.
There have been no reported assaults or disorder during this period.

Acquisitive Crime:
There has been a report of a house breaking during the day in the Deeside area of Mannofield this is most unusual, some personal electrical items were taken. Should you see anyone hanging about who gives you this slightest hint of a suspicion they are up to no good regardless of the time of day please call us.

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
At the end of the month the clocks go forward and the lighter nights will be upon us, this is also the time of year in which we see an increase in Doorstep Crime. Be it bogus callers or rogue traders they have a sole aim and that is to take from you. They will look to pray on the elderly and other vulnerable groups in our community.

Bogus callers will visit a property claiming to be from perhaps a utility company or a charity in order to gain access and steal from within.

Rogue traders offer services typically carried out to a poor standard at over inflated prices, and may use violence or threats to get payment or consent to carry out work, sometimes they will just take
the money and do no work whatsoever.

The more vulnerable in our society continue to be the main target for these fraudsters please look out for their elderly or otherwise vulnerable friends, relatives and neighbours but please also spare a thought for yourself. These criminals can be  very plausible and persuasive and it can be easy to be taken in by them. They are often well practiced and very convincing as they try and secure the confidence of victims. Remember this is how they make their living and most are very good at it.

People may be embarrassed to have fallen victim but it is important that this is not a hidden crime in order that we can do something about it. We all have a part to play in shutting out the scammers. When you get that knock at the door, ask yourself why has this young person come all the way from elsewhere in the country to sell me some tea towels or other cleaning products?

When you say it out loud it sounds a little daft, this is not part of some government scheme to rehabilitate offenders or provide an income for less abled people, they just want to take your money for something worth a fraction of what you paid for it.

We have world class trades people in Aberdeen, none of whom drive around the city offering to fix peoples guttering/roofs for free only to discover damage worth £1000s when they get up there but remarkably have the time to do it for a knock down cash price next week.

There are two ways to beat the scammers don’t buy anything from them and let us
know so we can stop them.

Following on from last month, if you see an elderly person in your community having
some unexpected work done be nosey, ask them about it, if you have the slightest
doubt about what’s going on let us or our partners at Trading Standards know about
it.

https://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/services/business-and-licensing/trading-standards/trading-standards

National Campaigns

As highlighted before, 2019 will see the introduction of the DOMESTIC ABUSE (SCOTLAND) ACT 2018

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

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/

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


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

101 – Non emergency;
Email - AiryhallBroomhillGarthdeeCPT@Scotland.pnn.police.uk
Facebook – www.facebook.com/NorthEastPoliceDivision;
Web – www.scotland.police.uk;
999 – Emergency;

0800 555 111 - Crimestoppers.

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Youth Representation on the Community Council

To become a Community Councillor an individual has to be over 18 years of age, on the electoral roll and live within the Community Council area. There is, however, provision for youth members to sit on the Council. The youth members should be aged between 16 and 17 and, once again, live within the Community Council boundaries.

At our meeting on 26 February, members reiterated their hope that two youth members to the Community Council could be recruited to represent the views and interests of the younger residents in the Community Council area. 

If you know of anyone, or if YOU are, interested in filling one of the two vacancies, please contact us on our email bandmcommcouncil@gmail.com

Friday, 15 February 2019

Consultation on Fireworks

In November last year, the Minister for Community Safety announced the Scottish Government would be taking forward a public consultation on the use and regulation of fireworks in Scotland. 

During the consultation the Scottish Government are seeking views on how people use and enjoy fireworks, the impact they have on people and communities across Scotland, as well as their impact on animals. It will seek views on the sale of fireworks to the general public, and ideas on what action can be taken to ensure fireworks continue to be enjoyed safely and responsibly. 

Alongside the consultation we will be running a series of engagement events to create opportunities for members of the public, alongside local partners, to deliberate on the key issues and discuss with others what could be done going forward. Details of events alongside access to the consultation on Citizen Space can be found via the following link https://consult.gov.scot/safer-communities/fireworks/

A consultation on fireworks in Scotland: Your experiences, your ideas, your views - Scottish Government - Citizen Space - consult.gov.scot

The local consultation event will take place on Monday 29th April, from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at Civic Rooms, Town Hall, Aberdeen.

Community Justice Survey

Aberdeen City Council have opened a consultation on Justice for all - Putting Communities at the centre of Community Justice.

Community Justice partners in Aberdeen are working to improve outcomes for people involved in the Justice System, their families and communities. In order to inform this work, they want to explore the priorities, views and experiences of the public and to learn from them. 

They also want to help communities better understand how the system and services work, to enable support of this work and make our communities safer and stronger places to live, work and play.

The aim is to empower our communities and to provide people with the information needed to actively participate in Community Justice.

The consultation will be open from 4th February 2019. It is aimed at citizens of Aberdeen, particularly those who have been affected by crime.

Click here to download a printable copy or visit the Aberdeen City Council website - 'Justice for all - Putting Communities at the Centre of Community Justice' to complete the questionnaire.

Agenda - AGM and Meeting February 2019

The Agenda for the Annual General Meeting of the Community Council will be held at 7.00pm on Tuesday 26 February 2019 at the Gordon Room in the Mannofield Church.  The Agenda for the AGM can be downloaded by clicking here.

The monthly meeting of the Community Council will begin immediately after the Annual General Meeting and the Agenda for the February meeting can be downloaded by clicking here.

Both Agenda can be accessed from the Document Archive on the right.

ALL WELCOME 

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Minutes of Meeting - 22 January 2019


The Minutes of the Community Council meeting held on Tuesday 22 January 2019 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 26 February 2019 in the Gordon Room at Mannofield Church immediately after the Annual General Meeting.

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

Police Report - January 2019

This latest Local Policing Unit report covers progress made in dealing with priorities for the Braeside & Mannofield Community Council area during the period 1st January to 31st January 2019.

Community Policing Priorities
Antisocial behaviour, Violence and Disorder:
There have been no reported disorder, 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 tools taken from within, please lock your vehicles.


There has also been a report of an attempt house breaking in the Craigton area with a side window being damaged, if you see anyone hanging about who gives you this slightest hint of a suspicion they are up to no good, please let us know spare set of house keys were taken, this caused a considerable amount of stress and upheaval in getting a number of locks changed.

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:
In 2019 your Community Policing Team will focus on assisting you identify and manage RISK, for us it’s about keeping people safe and seeking to address local issues at an early stage, for you we hope it’s about taking personal reasonability for yourself and those around you.

Many of us will think of a long running family board game when you hear the term “RISK” as by and large most adults have managed to either eliminate or mitigate the risks in our lives. However I would draw your attention to two areas locally in which we/you haven’t.

Young People

We have mentioned previously that the young people you call us about are OUR young people (we don’t ship them in from other parts of the city) and as such we all have a responsibility, but as a parent/relative I would ask have you ever sat down with you child and discussed the risk they put themselves in as being part of a group who hang about on corners or outside shops.

Now I’m not talking about the “performers or clowns” who always feel the need to play to an audience, I’m talking about your child the one who is doing absolutely nothing wrong however by being innocently part of that audience enables the “performer” to perform providing the fuel of recognition and appreciation.

This is where the risk comes in, in the flash of an eye being an innocent part of a group being entertained can move to being part of criminality, it’s hard to say you could have stopped a crime taking place or had nothing to do with it when you’re busy videoing the event for social media.

We are absolutely not saying don’t hang about with your mates, don’t have fun, what we are saying is as adults we should be identifying with our children and young people those trigger points, those times when innocent behaviour can quickly move into minor criminality and providing them with the support and tools to walk away from it.

Seniors
We all know of a fiercely independent person within our community who is of an age we all aspire to, but how well do you know them? If they are a friend neighbour or relative, would you know if they were ill? If you had to get into their home to help, could you?

If that person is you do you have a plan should something happen? there is a common misconception that in an emergency the Police are able to magic either house keys or next of kin contact details we can’t, we rely on knocking on neighbours doors to elicit information and forcing entry to your property.
We would ask as individuals can you take some time and think what you would do if you were overtaken by some misfortune and plan to mitigate that risk, fit a key safe to your property, and perhaps leave a key with a neighbour or a relative whose details we can easily find.
We would encourage us all as a community to be a little bit nosier and look out for the person down the street, if you haven’t seen them for a couple of days you don’t immediately need to call the Police this is an overreaction that will not endear you to that person when we turn up, perhaps you could just knock on the door to check everything is all right, taking little time out of your day to make someone else feel safe as part of our community

National Campaigns
As highlighted in our last report, 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/


You can Contact our local Police Unit through the following media:
101 – Non emergency;
Email - AiryhallBroomhillGarthdeeCPT@Scotland.pnn.police.uk
Facebook – www.facebook.com/NorthEastPoliceDivision;
Web – www.scotland.police.uk;
999 – Emergency;
0800 555 111 - Crimestoppers.

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.