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 September 2020

Virtual Meeting - 22nd September 2020

The Community Council are going to try and hold it's first meeting since the COVID19 pandemic.  Obviously with social distancing and other considerations, it would be difficult to hold a face-to-face meeting and ensure the safety of all attendees.  So it is intended that this, the first meeting since February will be a virtual meeting using the ZOOM video conferencing application.

If you live within the CC area, and would like to be a part of the meeting, then please drop the secretary an email and he will get back to you with the room ID and password.

The meeting will begin on-line at 7pm on Tuesday 22 September 2020

The Agenda can be downloaded by clicking here

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Police Report - August 2020

This month, our local Community Policing Team have sent this update.

COVID 19 – UPDATE
In relation to the COVID 19 restrictions Police Scotland follow an ENGAGE, EXPLAIN, ENCOURAGE and ENFORCE approach.  What this means practically is that when breaches are reported to us we will follow each step in order to resolve the breach with any enforcement action being the last resort.  We continue to receive calls in relation to this and adopt the above approach.

A Route Map has been published setting out our plans for easing Scotland's coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions in four phases.  Scotland remains in Phase 3 of moving out of lockdown, with changes being introduced in stages.

Locally we moved out of the local restrictions as of Wednesday 26th August and everyone should follow the Government staying safe guidance.

Community Policing Priorities
Antisocial behaviour, Violence and Disorder:  
On the 12th August officers attended Airyhall Primary regarding alleged ongoing vandalism to the school.  Officers found no damage and engaged with a group of youths present who were playing in the grounds.  There were no concerns.

On 28th August officers were called to reports of a suspicious male near Airyhall Primary.  Enquiries established that the male in question has learning difficulties and that the incident is now concluded with No Crime having been committed.  Partner agencies have been updated and are providing the appropriate support. 

Your local officers continue to patrol area’s known to have issues with anti-social behaviour, where duties permit and will deal with any offences detected robustly.

Acquisitive Crime:
No incidents of acquisitive crime have been recorded over the reporting period.


I would encourage all members of the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to Police on 101 or 999 if an emergency, remembering to provide as much detail/descriptions of persons as possible.   

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

Community Engagement & Reassurance
Summer Safety
2020 is certainly going to be a summer to remember. The coronavirus pandemic has markedly changed our society. With many of us working and spending more time at home, outdoor leisure has become an important part of daily life.

As coronavirus restrictions ease and bars, restaurants and holiday accommodation reopen, personal safety becomes even more important.

Here are a few tips to help you have a safe and enjoyable summer, whether you are at home, at the beach or in the pub. 

Anti-social behaviour
We want you to have a great summer and enjoy sunbathing in the park or having a drink in your garden, but please remember to be considerate of others and respectful of your surroundings.

Be responsible and have a safe summer by:
  • Always being considerate of your actions and the actions of your family and friends on others who may live nearby or who are enjoying time in the same area.

  • Being mindful of your surroundings. Shouting, swearing, rowdy behaviour and loud music may be fun for you however may cause fear, alarm and distress to others.
  • Binning your litter when you leave, be kind to our environment and keep Scotland beautiful.
  • Keeping your dog on the lead and under control.
  • Never carrying a weapon. If caught, you will be arrested and prosecuted. Criminal records for violence make it harder to get into college or university as well as going on holiday.
  • Remembering that violent crime can affect anyone and innocent bystanders can get caught in the middle of other people’s disputes and suffer trauma, serious injuries or worse.
Alcohol
With beer gardens and bars now open, many of us are looking forward to a night out with friends. However, it is important to drink responsibly and put your safety and the safety of others first.
Overindulgence in alcohol can impact on your behaviour, your mind and your self-control. Drinking too much can make you vulnerable to becoming a victim of crime as well as getting involved in altercations which can ruin two lives.

Be responsible and have a safe summer by:
  • Knowing your alcohol limits.
  • Drinking plenty water, eating food and staying with friends. Never leave a drink unattended.
  • Making sure you and your friends have return journeys planned.
  • Not accepting a lift from anyone purporting to be a taxi driver if they do not have the correct license in place. Consider pre-booking your journey in advance.
  • Keeping your personal belongings safe at all times.
  • Being aware of local drinking laws in your council which can make it an offence to drink alcohol or have an open container of alcohol in a public area.
Secure your home
With holiday accommodation now open in Scotland and many of us booking local getaways, it is even more important to secure your home.
Although we are spending more time at home, it is still important to remember to secure your home when you are outside enjoying the sunshine.
Many thieves are actually opportunists who do not have to break in at all because a door or window has been left open or unlocked.

For more information visit the Home and Personal Property section of Police Scotland website.

Be responsible and have a safe summer by:
  • Locking the front door and windows when sunbathing in the back garden.
  • Locking all doors and windows when going out.
  • Remember to lock all sheds and outbuildings after gardening.
  • Never leaving keys on the inside of door locks, under mats or anywhere else an intruder may easily find them. Don’t keep house keys and car keys on the same key ring.
  • Not leaving valuables in sight of windows.
  • Avoiding keeping large amounts of cash in the house. If you must then disperse it in various locations.
  • Security marking your property with a UV marker pen, which you can use to place an invisible imprint of your postcode and house number on your possessions.
  • Recording details of your valuables, such as mobile phone, cameras, laptops and tablets on the national mobile property register at Immobilise.com.
  • If you have a wall calendar, avoid mounting it near a window from where appointments can potentially be seen. This may give an indication of when a property will be empty.
Staying safe outdoors
Spending time outdoors has become more important than ever before. Everyone wants to see our countryside and enjoy our waterways and coastline.


Remember, any area of water, including reservoirs and canals, can hold hidden dangers. Scotland has more than 37,000 separate stretches of inland water and over 11,500 miles of coastline when including both mainland and island coast.

With many stretches located in remote areas, help will often be some considerable time away, so take responsibility for your own actions and make sensible decisions to stay safe around waterways.

Be responsible and enjoy a safe summer by:
  • Being aware of the dangers when out hillwalking, cycling or near areas of water.
  • Think about the risks and plan to minimise them.
  • Never underestimating the current, temperature or depth when in water.
  • Never get into the water alone and don’t go swimming after drinking alcohol.
  • If you get in trouble in water, float to live.
  • You can find out more about inland water safety from our partners Scottish Water.
  • To get more information about how to enjoy sea sports and Scotland’s coastline safely, get advice from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and HM Coastguard, and general advice about water safety is also available from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).
  • If you see someone in difficulty or at risk at sea or along the coast always dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
Follow us on Twitter @NorthEPolice #WestEndCPT 

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

Contact Us
Please also remember you can communicate with us using any of the following:
  101 – Non emergency
  Web – www.scotland.police.uk
  999 – Emergency
  0800 555 111 - Crimestoppers



Thursday, 13 August 2020

Unsolicited Seeds

There are reports of people receiving packages of seeds that they have never ordered. This is an urgent update from the National Farmers Union (Scotland) for anyone receiving such a a package

"Significant numbers of Scottish households have been receiving unsolicited packets of seeds in the post from China/Singapore as part of a likely scam.  Following contact with Scottish Government, it urges those receiving seeds to take the following actions.

If the packet of seeds has not been opened, please leave it sealed.

• DO NOT PLANT OR COMPOST THESE SEEDS.
It is possible that these seeds could be a harmful invasive species or harbour a disease both of which if released could pose a threat to agriculture and the environment.

• DO NOT HANDLE THE SEEDS
These seeds may have been treated with a chemical pesticide. Please wash your hands if you have handled them without gloves.

Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) is collecting these unsolicited packets of seeds for analysis. It is asking for your co-operation to send these seeds to SASA.  Should you receive a packet of seed then Email your details and a postal address to info@sasa.gov.scot

You will be sent a pre-paid self-addressed envelope and zip-lock bag. When you receive the envelope and zip-lock bag please insert the packet of seeds into the zip-lock bag and seal. Then place the zip-lock bag and contents into the envelope and post it back to SASA.

If you receive further unsolicited packages, please report them again using info@sasa.gov.scot


Monday, 10 August 2020

Aberdeen Lockdown Restrictions - Fuller Information

The Scottish Government has issued the information below for the guidance of those of us living and working in Aberdeen.

"Following an increase in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Aberdeen, local advice on travel and indoor gatherings between households has changed.

Measures have also been taken to close indoor and outdoor hospitality in the Aberdeen City local authority area, from 5pm on 5 August.


The restrictions will be reviewed in 7 days.

Restrictions on businesses
Businesses offering food or drink for consumption on the premises - such as pubs, restaurants, bars and cafes - must cease to offer this service.

Any outdoor seating such as tables or picnic areas next to a business counts as part of the premises, whether provided by the business or not.

Businesses are permitted to sell food or drink to take away, provided it is consumed off the premises.

Hotels and acc
ommodation providers can offer room service, but must close hotel bars. Hotel restaurants may only open to provide food to staff and guests of the hotel.

Other sectors should continue to follow Phase 3 guidance, and be extra vigilant about hygiene and physical distancing.

Travel
People in Aberdeen City are asked not to travel more than 5 miles for leisure or recreational purposes. This includes to take holidays in other parts of Scotland or the UK.

Non-essential overseas travel continues to be advised against.

People are advised not to travel to Aberdeen for leisure purposes or to visit friends and family, unless part of an extended household, while the restrictions are in place

Travel for essential purposes, such as work that cannot be done from home, education or for medical treatment, may continue.

Gatherings
People in Aberdeen City are asked not to meet other households indoors for leisure or recreational purposes, unless part of an extended household. You can still meet people outdoors.

If people are already in Aberdeen visiting family or on holiday then they do not need to leave but are asked to follow the recommendations in this guidance and take extra care when returning home.

Care homes and hospitals
Indoor visits to hospitals and care homes should be limited to essential visits only.

Outdoor visits to care homes are permitted by one designated person, in line with current guidance.

Hospital visiting will be restricted to the lockdown visiting rules and will be limited to:

· a birth partner during childbirth
· for a person receiving end-of-life care
· to support someone with a mental health issue such as dementia, a learning disability or autism where not being present would cause the patient to be distressed
· to accompany a child in hospital

Shielding
Shielding was paused on 1 August and is not being re-instated at this time. People who had been shielding should consider the number of people they are in contact with, and strictly follow physical distancing and hygiene measures. You may also want to think about the levels of risk associated with work and daily activities.

We know this might be a particularly anxious time for you if you were previously asked to shield. The clinical advice is that you do not need to shield. However, we are keeping the situation under constant review and will not hesitate to change our advice if we think we need to.

For those going back to work, our assessment of the evidence is that we do not yet need to change our advice to those coming out of shielding or going back to work. However, we continue to urge all employers to support staff to work from home wherever possible, and we urge employers to take particular account of those who were shielding, especially now when we are urging vigilance.

Bars linked to the Aberdeen outbreak
If you have recently been to any of the bars named, you should only book a test if you have symptoms. Our test and protect system continues to trace people who were in close contact with identified cases. If you are contacted you should self-isolate for 14 days. Getting a test which comes back as ‘not detected’ when you do not have symptoms will not remove the need to self-isolate.

List of bars linked to the Aberdeen outbreak

· The Bieldside Inn            · Bobbin                    · Brewdog, Castlegate            · Buckie Farm Carvery
· Cafe Andaluz                  · Cafe Dag                 · Cafe Drummond                  · The Cock & Bull
· College Bar                     · The Daft Project     · Dutch Mill                           · Dyce Farm
· East End Social Club      · Ferryhill House      · Hawthorn/Adam Lounge     · The Howff
· The Justice Mill              · The Marine Hotel    · McGinty's                            · McNastys
· Malmaison                      · Moonfish Cafe         · No. 10 Bar                          · O'Donoghues
· Old Bank Bar                  · Prohibition              · Soul                                     · Spiders Wed


The following leisure settings have also been named:

· Banks O'Dee Football Club    · Aboyne Golf Club    · Deeside Golf Club    · Hazelhead Golf Club

Schools and early learning and childcare settings
These measure will not affect the re-opening of schools from 11 August. One of the purposes of these measures is to ensure that schools are able to re-open.

The risks of opening schools are small, while the benefits to children and wider society of returning to school are large.

As we have not changed our advice to shield, children who are shielding should still be able to return when schools reopen – though, as with all our shielding advice, we will keep this under review. 

Economy and employment
Restrictions are largely limited to the hospitality sector within the city of Aberdeen. Other sectors should follow current phase 3 guidelines. 

All business
es in the Aberdeen City area should however close workplace canteens unless there is no practical alternative for staff to obtain food, and if physical distancing and other hygiene requirements can be maintained.

We understand the impact these measures will have on individuals and businesses. We would emphasise that where a business has brought staff off furlough, those staff can be re-furloughed, as part of the Jobs Retention Scheme.

We continue to urge all employers to support staff to work from home wherever possible.

Hospitality workers
We understand the impact these measures will have on individuals and businesses. We would emphasise that where a business has brought staff off furlough, those staff can be re-furloughed, as part of the Jobs Retention Scheme.

Workers who have previously been furloughed can be re-furloughed at any point until October 31 - it's a decision for employer (and employee) and they don't need to explain the rationale to HMRC, they just claim the hours each employee has been furloughed for.

Off-shore workers
Restrictions are largely limited to the hospitality sector. There are no special provisions regarding off-shore workers but we recognise that many travel from afar to work, staying in hotels before going off-shore. This is a factor in keeping city hotels and hotel restaurants open.

Sport
The Scottish Premier League (SPL) home fixture on Wednesday 12 August will go ahead. SPL football clubs, and ancillary staff, are currently operating within a sporting bubble, supported by regular COVID-19 testing and robust guidance to ensure the virus is not brought in, or transmitted, through that environment.

Places of worship
At this stage no changes have been made to the operation of places of worship, however this will remain under review as work is undertaken to control the outbreak.

Further information
Businesses required to close are set out in the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Aberdeen City) Regulations 2020.

If you have coronavirus symptoms get a test and stay at home.

If you are concerned, remember to follow the FACTS advice.


Covid-19 – Aberdeen City – FAQ - 5th August 2020

Why is Aberdeen going into lockdown?
We are placing some restrictions on the area of Aberdeen City due to an increase in numbers of people testing positive with covid-19 in the Aberdeen area. The increase in cases has mainly been in Aberdeen City, however the nature of travel in the North East has identified a potential risk across a wider area. We are therefore providing guidance to those who could be highest at risk.

When do the restriction begin and how long will these restrictions last?
These restrictions apply from 5 pm on Wednesday August 5. The regulations which stipulate the restrictions on hospitality – and the associated guidance and advice – will be reviewed in seven days.

Where do the restrictions apply?
These restrictions apply to the Aberdeen City Local Authority, if you are unsure if this applies, you can use this postcode lookup facility to determine your local authority:
https://www.gov.uk/find-local-council

What bars are linked to the outbreak?
See the list above.

I went to one of the bars named, do I need to get tested?
You should only book a test if you have symptoms. Our test and protect system continues to trace people who were in close contact with identified cases. Should you be contacted please self-isolate for 14 days, please note that Getting a test which comes back as ‘not detected’ when you do not have symptoms will not remove the need to self-isolate

I’m concerned about these cases; what should I do?
Remember the FACTS advice and most importantly follow it stringently.

Always wear a face covering in shops and public transport etc. Avoid crowded places. Clean your hands regularly. Keep a 2 meter distance from people outside your household. If you do have symptoms self-isolate and arrange to get tested immediately so that anyone you have been in contact with can be looked after as well.

Where and when can I travel?
Travel for essential purposes, such as work that cannot be done from home, education or for medical treatment, may continue. People in Aberdeen City are asked not to travel more than five miles for leisure or recreational purposes. People are advised not to travel to Aberdeen while the restrictions in place.

Anyone already in Aberdeen visiting family or on holiday may stay, but they should follow all the guidance and take extra care when they return home.

Can I still go on my planned holiday abroad?
People in Aberdeen should not be travelling to other parts of Scotland or the UK on holiday at this time, just as people from other parts of Scotland should not be travelling to Aberdeen for leisure.

In terms of international holidays, although it is possible for people to travel - we continue to advise everyone in Scotland against non-essential overseas travel right now and that remains the case.

Can I visit my family and friends?
People in Aberdeen City are asked not to meet other households indoors or travel more than five miles for leisure or recreational purposes including children. Extended household arrangements can continue but those are situations which should only involve one other adult who is living on their own. You can meet people outdoors.

Can people living alone meet other households?
A person who lives alone, or lives only with children under 18, can, if all adults in the household agree, form an ‘extended household group’ with that household. This would mean the people in the extended household can spend time together inside each other’s’ homes and not need to stay 2 metres apart.

I share parenting. Does this stop me from being able to form an extended household with another household?
The fact that someone shares parenting does not in itself prevent a person forming an extended household group with another household, as long as they meet all of the criteria set out in the guidance for extended households.

Can I still visit a relative in hospital or care home?
One designated person can continue outside visiting a care home setting in line with the current guidance.

Hospital visiting will be restricted to the lockdown visiting rules and will be limited as outlined above.

Can I still attend places of worship including weddings and funerals?
At this stage no changes have been made to the operation of places of worship, however this will remain under review as work is undertaken to control the outbreak.

Will the Aberdeen FC games go ahead?
Yes, the Scottish Premier League (SPL) home fixture on Wednesday 12 August will go ahead. SPL football clubs, and ancillary staff, are currently operating within a sporting bubble, supported by regular COVID testing and robust guidance to ensure the virus is not brought in, or transmitted, through that environment.

Should I go back into shielding?
We are not advising people to start shielding again. It is however important to consider the number of people you are in contact with, and be particularly vigilant about following public health guidance on physical distancing and hygiene measures. If you have been in contact with anyone who tests positive, you will have already been contacted through the test and protect service and should therefore be isolating.

Why am I not being advised to shield?
We know this might be a particularly anxious time for you if you were previously asked to shield. The clinical advice is that you do not need to shield. However, we are keeping the situation under constant review and will not hesitate to change our advice if we think we need to.

Should I still send my child to school next week?
Yes, schools in Aberdeen continue to plan for reopening next week. The risks of opening schools are small, while the benefits to children and wider society of returning to school are large. A major reason we are introducing more restrictions is so that we can still reopen schools. We want to strongly emphasise zero tolerance of anyone with symptoms attending schools and ELC settings; and that it’s essential for anyone who’s returning from an overseas country not on the ‘safe’ list, to quarantine for 14 days.

As we have not changed our advice to shield, children who are shielding should still be able to return when schools reopen – though, as with all our shielding advice, we will keep this under review.

Will this affect the re-opening of schools?

No. One of the purposes of these measures is to ensure that schools are able to reopen.

What does this mean for my business?
We understand the impact these measures will have on individuals and businesses. We would emphasise that where a business has brought staff off furlough, those staff can be re-furloughed, as part of the Jobs Retention Scheme.

We continue to urge all employers to support staff to work from home wherever possible.

Do I need to close my business?
Businesses offering food or drink for consumption on the premises – such as pubs, restaurants, bars and cafes- must cease to offer this service. Hotels and accommodation providers can offer room service and Hotel restaurants can remain open to provide food for hotel guests.

Takeaway services can continue to sell food or drink, provided it is consumed off the premises., but must close bars or restaurants.

Any outdoor seating area next to a business counts as part of the premises, whether provided by the business or not.

Anyone running other types of business in this area should be extra vigilant about hygiene and physical distancing, in line with existing guidance.

What does this mean for other sectors?
Restrictions are limited to hospitality sector. All other sectors should follow current phase 3 guidelines.

Is it still safe for me to go back to work?
Our assessment of the evidence is that we do not yet need to change our advice to those coming out of shielding or going back to work. However, we continue to urge all employers to support staff to work from home wherever possible, and we urge employers to take particular account of those who were shielding, especially now when we are urging vigilance.

I work in the hospitality sector, will I still be paid?
We understand the impact these measures will have on individuals and businesses. We would emphasise that where a business has brought staff off furlough, those staff can be re-furloughed, as part of the Jobs Retention Scheme.

Workers who have previously been furloughed can be re-furloughed at any point until October 31 - it's a decision for employer (and employee) and they don't need to explain the rationale to HMRC, they just claim the hours each employee has been furloughed for.

What does this mean for off-shore workers?
There are no special provisions regarding workers in this sector but we recognise that many travel from afar to work off-shore, staying in hotels before going offshore. The frequent presence of such sectoral workers in hotels is a factor in keeping hotels and hotel restaurants open.

Do the travel restrictions on recreation/leisure include visiting shops or collection points?
No, but we are continuing to monitor the situation and will review the restrictions in 7 days.

Do you expect the restrictions to include in-home deliveries and installation services or, as with the additional measures in Greater Manchester etc., will these services be permitted?
No, but we are continuing to monitor the situation and will review the restrictions in 7 days.

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

COVID19 - Aberdeen Lockdown Restrictions

The Scottish government, in line with the local health team and Aberdeen City Council, has agreed the following new advice:

  • People should not travel more than five miles for leisure purposes
  • Travelling for work or education is permitted, but other travel is not advised
  • Do not travel to Aberdeen
  • Do not go into each others’ houses (with the exception of extended household groups)
  • All indoor and outdoor hospitality in the city to close tonight, which will be enforced if necessary


This is the official notification from Aberdeen City Council.  Please keep yourselves (and others) safe and follow the guidelines.  


The Scottish Government lockdown will be reviewed next week and we will publish any updates on this website.


If you have concerns there are various places to get advice.  If you use the following link it takes you to the City Council page on COVID-19. https://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/services/coronavirus-covid-19

Temporary Traffic Order - Deeside Park

From 7.30am on 11 August 2020 until 5pm on 18 August Deeside Park will be closed to traffic. 

The closure is being put in place whilst resurfacing work is being carried out by Aberdeen City Council

Police Report - July 2020

This report covers progress made by our Community Policing Team in dealing with the policing priorities for our Community Council area during June 2020.

COVID 19 – UPDATE
In relation to the COVID 19 restrictions Police Scotland follow an ENGAGE, EXPLAIN, ENCOURAGE and ENFORCE approach. What this means practically is that when breaches are reported to us we will follow each step in order to resolve the breach with any enforcement action being the last resort. We continue to receive calls in relation to this and adopt the above approach.

A Route Map has been published setting out our plans for easing Scotland's coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions in four phases.

Scotland moved to Phase 3 of moving out of lockdown on 10 July, with changes being introduced in stages.

Community Policing Priorities
Antisocial behaviour, Violence and Disorder: 
Police continue to actively patrol area’s know for anti-social behaviour and will deal with any offences detected. On the 11th July Police were called the Morningside area regarding a large group of youths causing issues, however on Police attendance there was no trace of the group.

Officers are making enquiries into a minor assault that occurred in the Airyhall area on the 18th July when one man punched another. This appears an isolated incident where alcohol has been involved.

Officers are investigating a smashed window at Braeside primary School during the hours on darkness on the 24th July.  On the same night, the vandalism to a vehicle that was scratched in several places was made and is being investigated.

Officers attended reports of a noisy party in the small hours of 26th July in the Countesswells Road area and dispersed same, providing suitable advice to all - particularly the occupants.

Acquisitive Crime:
Only one incident of acquisitive crime has been reported this month. On the 24th July, a man in his 60’s entered a garden/yard area of a business near the Marcliffe of Pitfodels Hotel and carried off a bucket containing planks of wood. Enquiries are ongoing.

We would encourage all members of the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to Police on 101 or 999 if an emergency, remembering to provide as much detail/descriptions of persons as possible.

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

Community Engagement & Reassurance
We mentioned Scam prevention in previous reports. 

Following our roll out of free call blocking devices, we received an unprecedented volume of applications and all units have now been allocated. We're sorry if you missed your chance to apply - any updates will be posted on Trading Standards website and social media accounts.

It's more important than ever to make sure that you stay Scam Aware and that you share information about scams with vulnerable relatives or friends.   Stay safe while online at home and report all scams to Advice Direct Scotland on 0808 164 6000. Report scam emails to the National Cyber Security Centre.

Travel Compensation Scams
Fraud prevention service Cifas are warning travellers to be wary of fraudsters posing as staff from travel companies, tour operators or insurers and offering to refund or rebook cancelled holidays. Scammers are also setting up fake websites offering refunds and compensation to holidaymakers. This follows warnings of fake caravan listings, refund offers and travel deals from banking industry body UK Finance earlier this month.

As Scottish consumers continue to report issues related to holiday/travel refunds and cancellations,  fraudsters are taking advantage of their uncertainty. There may be an increase in companies offering to obtain refunds or compensation for cancelled trips during the Covid-19 pandemic.

One claims management firm is now facing prosecution after offering a "no win no fee" service and eligibility checks to passengers seeking compensation - after filling in their details, passengers would often be pursued for fees despite not choosing to engage the firm or receiving any refund. 

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is currently reviewing how airlines have handled cancellations and refunds during the pandemic, due to the volume of consumer complaints received.

Be wary of:
     Cold calls, unsolicited emails or fake posts on social media advertising holiday refunds. You may be asked to pay an upfront fee as payment for handling a refund claim;
     Fake websites advertising cheap holiday deals. These can look similar to genuine websites, with similar URLs and ask for deposits for holidays which often don't exist.

What to Do
     Never give any personal or financial details to a cold caller and don't click on links in unexpected emails;
 If in doubt about an unexpected message which appears to be from your holiday provider, contact the provider via their official phone number or website.
 Remember that your consumer rights have not changed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. If you have been affected by any travel/accommodation cancellations and are unsure about your consumer rights, contact Advice Direct Scotland on 0808 164 6000 or check their regularly updated COVID-19 consumer website for advice and guidance.

Doorstep Scams
This week, rogue traders have been targeting elderly and vulnerable people in the Central Belt of Scotand. In one case, a scammer offered to replace the stones in an elderly consumer's driveway at a cost of £200. The scammer simply moved stones from the back garden to the front of the house.

Another woman in the same area was charged £100 to trim a tree in her garden. Rogue traders have also been knocking on doors and charging £300 to pressure wash and seal driveways. They are willing to drop the price as long as consumers will pay in cash on the spot.

What to Do
     Sign up to the Neighbourhood Watch Scotland Alert system to receive timely alerts about local crime prevention and safety issues from partners such as Police Scotland. If there are known rogue traders in your area, you will be alerted. 
     Report doorstep scammers or anyone acting suspiciously in your local area to Police Scotland on 101 or call 999 in an emergency. 
     If you have concerns about goods or services you have purchased, contact Advice Direct Scotland on 0808 164 6000 for advice on your consumer rights.

Find more information about avoiding doorstep scams on the Trading Standards website, where you can download their No Cold Calling leaflet and Doorstep Signposts factsheet.

Netflix Email Scam
We have seen a new scam email saying that you can win a year's premium subscription to Netflix. Clicking on the link leads to a genuine-looking login page which is designed to steal your account and  payment details.

Action Fraud reported that, last month alone, they received over 1,400 reports about fake Netflix emails. In previous bulletins we have covered these scams, some of which ask the recipient to click on a link to update their billing details following a failed payment. Others say that your account has been temporarily suspended and ask you to confirm your details and payment method in order to have it reactivated.

Netflix state on their website that they will NEVER email or text customers to ask for personal details, including passwords or bank details.


What to do
     If you receive a similar email or text, do not click on any links or open any attachments. If you do, your details could be harvested by scammers 
     Report scams to Advice Direct Scotland on 0808 164 6000 or through their website
     You can also report scam emails to the National Cyber Security Centre’s Suspicious Email Reporting Service.
     If you have been the victim of fraud, report this to Police Scotland on 101.

Pop-up Energy Adverts
Since warning about misleading energy marketing scams linked to the UK Government's "Green Homes" grant scheme, we have seen several examples of pop-up adverts on social media which imply that funding or grants for energy saving products are available to Scottish consumers.

One example says that all Scottish homeowners are eligible for over £2,000 of funding and asks you to enter your personal details in order to apply.  

These adverts are designed to collect data and generate leads for companies who engage in misleading marketing. Clicking on these adverts leads to a form where you are asked to fill in personal details in order to determine whether you qualify for a grant. We are aware of Scottish consumers who have responded to these adverts and have then been called and visited by companies who pressured them into signing expensive contracts for energy saving products that they did not want or need.

Police Scotland have also warned this week that if you receive an email or text regarding "Green Home" grants, it is very likely to be a scam. They advise that you should delete the message and do not click on any links or reply with any personal details.

Top 10 Scottish Phone Scams
Scottish consumers continue to be hassled by a variety of nuisance calls. The most commonly reported phone scams in Scotland between April-June 2020 were: 

1. Misleading sales of insurance for white goods, appliances or SKY equipment
2. Misleading sales of boiler, plumbing or drainage cover
3. Offers to reduce nuisance calls for a fee by signing you up to the Telephone Preference Service
4. Bank fraud - e.g. recorded messages saying that there has been a potential fraudulent transaction on your account and asking you to press 1 to discuss with an advisor
5. Attempts to gain remote access to your computer 
6. HMRC frauds - e.g. saying that HMRC are filing a lawsuit against you and asking you to press 1
7. Amazon Prime scams
8. Claims management calls - e.g. offering services in relation to claiming backdated Marriage Tax Allowance or claiming tax owed on recent PPI payments 
9. Misleading calls related to Green Deal funding (see above for more information about energy marketing scams)
10. Offers of "free" lottery tickets or calls advising that you have won a competition and asking for personal and bank details
 
General Advice for Avoiding Phone Scams
 Do not press 1 or follow any other instructions given in an automated message
 If you are speaking to a person, don’t give them any personal information,don’t agree to make any payments and never allow them to access yourcomputer remotely
 Contact your bank immediately if you think you may have made a payment to a scammer or if you are worried that a fraudulent transaction has been made from your account. Use the phone number on your bank statement or a publicly listed number (don’t use a number given to you by a cold caller).
To ensure that you are disconnected from the cold caller, phone another number such as 123 before phoning your bank or call them from another phone.
 Never agree to make a payment for goods or services on the spot – get at least two other quotes from trusted companies.
 Report scam calls to Advice Direct Scotland on 0808 164 6000 or through their website. If you have been the victim of fraud, report it to Police Scotland on 101

Bank Email Scam
A recipient of Neighbourhood Watch Scotland Alerts has this week reported a scam email purportedly from the "National Crime Investigation Centre" in the USA. The email addresses them as a "scam  victim" and says that there has been an investigation into their bank, who may have delayed a payment in order to divert funds to another account. The recipient is advised to contact an officer using a Gmail account in order to receive a compensation payment.

Report scams to Advice Direct Scotland and if you have been the victim of fraud, report this to Police Scotland on 101.

Arrest - Tax Refund Scams
A man has been arrested this week for sending over 1,000 fake texts offering Government tax
refunds during the Covid-19 lockdown. He obtained personal details from 191 victims and defrauded 49 of them out of £10,000 in total.

One of the texts appeared to have been sent by UKGOV and read: "You are eligible for a Tax Refund as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please fill out the following form so that we can process your refund" The link in the message led to a legitimate-looking HMRC website which asked for personal and banking details.

Local Scams
Aberdeen City Council this week received a report of a scam targeting local businesses. Businesses
were cold called and then received a follow up email with a seemingly simple request for them to
confirm their address for local listings. However, the terms and conditions actually stated that the
business would be liable for monthly payments if they responded to the email and signed the form.  

Businesses should be wary of similar scams and should ensure that anything they agree to sign not only comes from a trusted source, but that the details/terms are fully understood before they commit.

A Scottish car dealer was also recently targeted by a scammer who applied for a UK Government Bounce Back Loan in their name and then tried to pay for a car using the funds. 

What to Do 
     Question unexpected emails which request private business information or payments, even if they appear to come from someone within your company 
     Think about what you are being asked to do – if in doubt about financial transactions or changes to Direct Debits get a second opinion from a colleague or manager
     Confirm requests for payment or sensitive information with the person or company who has supposedly sent them, using contact information that you know to be correct 
     Remember that scam emails and texts can look genuine and can appear to come from Government agencies, people within your organisation and trusted companies
     Report scam business emails to the National Cyber Security Centre

The Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) have a variety of resources to
support and protect Scottish businesses. Business Gateway also have online
tutorials about keeping your business safe online and cyber resilience.

Find more information about business scams and links to official guidance on our
website.

Scottish Illegal Money Lending Unit
Loans from Personal Lenders
Be wary if you get a message offering a loan from a personal lender similar to the one shown. If you
request a loan, you may be asked to pay an up-front fee and may not receive any money in return. Find out whether a lender is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority on their register.

Loans from illegal money lenders end up costing on average three times as much as a legal loan, with some charging interest rates of as much as 120,000%. Loan sharks continue to target the most vulnerable people, particularly those who have been financially affected by the Covid-19 outbreak. If you feel that you have nowhere to turn, please remember that you are not alone. 

The Scottish Illegal Money Lending Unit's free and confidential 24-hour hotline is open 7 days a week - call 0800 074 0878 or fill out an online reporting form.

Official Contacts

 If you feel threatened or unsafe, contact Police Scotland on 101 or 999 in an emergency.
 Report scams to Advice Direct Scotland on 0808 164 6000.
 Sign up to the Neighbourhood Watch Alert system to receive localised information and updates.

Get genuine information and updates about the COVID-19 pandemic from official
websites:

  NHS Scotland - Coronavirus information and advice
 UK Government - Response to Coronavirus
 World Health Organisation (WHO) - Technical Guidance

Follow us on Twitter @NorthEPolice #WestEndCPT 

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

Contact Us
Please also remember you can communicate with us using any of the following:
  101 – Non emergency
  999 – Emergency
  0800 555 111 - Crimestoppers

City Waste Collection

The City Council have reverted to previous bin collection timetables.  The Waste bins - both the brown and the grey bins will be collected one week and the general waste bin the other.

To find out the time when yours is to be collected visit the following web address
and enter your post code and house number.

Thursday, 23 July 2020

Countesswells Road - Road Closure

Starting on the 3rd August Countesswells Road will be closed to all traffic between Ben Reid Garden Centre and Red Gables to allow resurfacing work to be carried out. 

The Prohibition will start at 7.30am on the 3rd and continue until the work is complete at 5.30pm on the 14th of August.

In addition there will be no parking between 07:30 and 17:00 Monday to Friday during this period.

An alternative route is available via Springfield Road, North Deeside Road and Kirk Brae, Cults

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Summer Time

Some of you may have noticed that our plant pots at the Airyhall Library have blossomed into a feast of colour.  The Community Council purchased the plant pots four years ago and have topped them up with an annual supply of bedding plants.

This year, we decided that the pots themselves were looking a little bit the worse for wear and had planned to refurbish them and give them a lick of paint back in April.  Then along came COVID and the lockdown restrictions.

However, over the past couple of weeks, with the easing of restrictions, all the plant pots have had a couple of coats of paint applied to them and today, we have planted out some bedding plants that have been very kindly provided by the City Council.

The Community Council members all hope that the refurbishment and planting, bring a little brightness to you as you pass by the library.

Can we just say thank you to Aberdeen City Council for providing the plants and to those who helped paint and plant...you know who you are

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Police Report - June 2020

The latest report from our Community Policing Team aims to highlight emerging issues in our area, and to provide crime prevention advice and guidance to the Community.

COVID 19 – UPDATE
In relation to the COVID 19 restrictions Police Scotland follow an ENGAGE, EXPLAIN, ENCOURAGE and ENFORCE approach. What this means is that when breaches are reported to us we will follow each step in order to resolve the breach with any enforcement action being the last resort. We continue to receive calls in relation to this and adopt the above approach.

More details can be found on the following Scottish Government Website which lays out what is permitted with this new phase (Phase 2) introduced as of 18th June 2020.
https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others/

COMMUNITY POLICING PRIORITIES

Antisocial behaviour, Violence and Disorder:
On the 6th of June, Police warned a male for causing a disturbance in the street on Great Western Road having been alerted by neighbours.

On the 11th June, Police were called to Noisy party on Craiglea Avenue, it was dispersed with advice given to all occupants, particularly in the current pandemic.

On the 16th June a parked vehicle had its window smashed on Braeside Place during the hours of darkness, this appears an isolated incident with no further reports of damage to any other vehicles. Anyone who hears or see’s suspicious activity is encouraged to contact Police.

On 20th June, Police were called to a male acting suspiciously on the Old Deeside Railway Line near Pitfodels Station Road. This male was found by officers to be exercising and on people going past he jumped into the bushes to maintain his 2 metre distance. Suitable advice was passed.

Police are seeing an increase in both Anti-social behaviour and youth related calls as a result of the improving weather/lockdown easing. All officers are aware of this, they continue to provide passing attention to the known areas such as Airyhall Reservoir and various Primary schools. Members of the public are encouraged to report any anti-social behaviour or criminality via 101 or 999 if an emergency.

I would continue to encourage parents/carers of youngsters to ensure they and their families continue to follow the NHS/Government guidance.

Acquisitive Crime:
On 29th May Police received a report of a person in the rear garden of a property in the Seafield area, Police attended but no persons found or further reports made, nor any description passed by caller.

Police are investigating reports of a Sneak-in Theft in the Seafield area on the 10th June, where persons have stolen food items/clothing from an insecure garage. Enquiries are ongoing with a positive line of enquiry being pursued.

On 20th June Police received reports of male acting suspiciously in the Hutchison Terrace area during the small hours, a male matching description was stopped but no crimes identified and permitted on his way. I would encourage all members of the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to Police on 101 or 999 if an emergency, remembering to provide as much detail/descriptions of  persons as possible.

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

Community Engagement & Reassurance:
Doorstep crime is a problem that continues to plague our communities’ year on year. These incidents can have a devastating and lasting effect on victims from disruption to their homes, or property and financial loss that impacts heavily on their emotional wellbeing and health.  This is why we feel it is so important to run, a yearly Shut Out Scammers campaign, in our effort to raise awareness and provide guidance on the matter of doorstep crime.

This year’s campaigns titled ‘It is not easy to spot a rogue trader’ aims to highlight the signs to look out for when trying to identify a rogue trader or bogus caller at your door, and the support mechanisms available to help you do this.

Shut Out Scammers campaign page banner

With the main message of the campaign being:
It's not easy to spot a rogue trader. They will often look genuine. They will look professional, have a branded van, a website, and business cards. They may even have their company listed on review sites, and appear to be endorsed by reputable trade associations. They may look authentic, but cowboy traders just want to scam you.

Don’t let scammers in to your home........Just say no.

How Can You Spot a Rogue Trader?

The most common types of work offered are ROOFING, DRIVEWAYS and GARDENING. They mainly operate during the spring and summer months when lots of people are looking to get work done around the house and garden. It is difficult to tell the difference from a real tradesman however they will:

 Offer to do small jobs cheaper than competitors. However, once started they claim that urgent and more expensive repair work is needed on your property when this is not the case.
 Claim they can start immediately and offer special discounted deals if you pay in cash now, trying to rush your decision.
 Complete similar work in your area to give you confidence in them. However, scammers have been known to finish one job in order to get into a local area. They then go on to scam, mislead and  overcharge additional customers in the surrounding area.
 They can have a local telephone number and claim to have a local business premises. Telephone numbers can now be purchased and business units can be let short term. Scammers will often go to great lengths to make you believe they are local.
 They may even drive a branded vehicle and have a website that they can direct you to are able to supply a business card.

Due to the current COVID 19 pandemic, remember that you and the tradespersons should adhere to the social distancing guidelines to keep safe.

Call 101 to report any suspicious activity. If you feel scared or threatened call 999 and ask for the police.

For more information on spotting the signs of a rogue trader visit Trading Standards site, while further advice in relation to COVID19 scams can be found here.

What can you do to shut out the scammers?
 If you don’t want any cold callers, you can request a No Cold Calling sticker from your local Trading Standards office.
 Always ask for identification.
 Ask to see a business card or letterhead for full contact details for the company. Call the business to check it exists and that the contractor does work for them.
 Request to see proof of qualifications in their trade.
 Consult your local Trusted Trader Scheme via www.approvedtrader.scot and obtain three quotes for any maintenance work.
 Check to see if the contractor is a member of a trade association by searching the trade association websites.
 Never feel pressured into making a decision on the spot. Any legitimate trader will be happy to return at a later date, use this time to research their business.
 Never agree to a trader starting work straight away and never hand over any money without seeing proper paperwork.
 Making sure that you understand the terms and conditions, including cancellation rights. Make use of your cooling off period to think about the proposed work.
 Never be afraid to say ‘No thank you’ and close the door.
 You can also sign up to the Neighbourhood Watch Scotland Alert system to receive timely alerts about local crime prevention and safety issues from partners such as Police Scotland.


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


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

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

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🖱 Email - *****CPT@Scotland.pnn.police.uk
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