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 and annual grant from their local 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 a 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 available for young people aged 16 and 17 years. Other co-options are also allowed.
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 below.

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

We have tried to make this web blog easy to use for all, but should you have any problems, please contact the secretary and we will address your issues as soon as we can. For assistance in accessing the information on the blog, click here or on the accessibility icon below.

You can email us at bandmcommcouncil@gmail.com

Monday, 16 May 2022

May Meeting - Agenda

The next meeting of the Community Council will be on Tuesday 24th May 2022. The meeting will be on ZOOM and will start at 7pm prompt.

The Agenda can be viewed or downloaded by clicking here

Anyone wishing to attend should contact the Secretary by email at bandmcommcouncil@gmail.com for details on how to access the zoom meeting.

ALL WELCOME

Wednesday, 11 May 2022

Volunteer Drivers needed

The Community Council has been asked to assist in the appeal for volunteer drivers by the childrens' charity Aberlour.

Shonagh Kane, the Volunteer Coordinator with Aberlour said;  "Would you like to help children with disabilities by assisting with travel to and from our services in Aberdeen?

My name is Shonagh Kane and I am the Volunteer Coordinator with Aberlour, Scotland’s Children’s Charity. I would like to let you know that we are currently recruiting Volunteer Drivers for our Options Aberdeen service to help children and young people to access our facilities.

Aberlour Options Aberdeen is a short breaks service, providing residential, community-based short breaks and care at home for children and young people with disabilities. We offer a safe, homely environment for a child to come and stay for a short break that gives their families a rest from their caring role. Volunteer Drivers play an important role in helping transport children to and from our service on our minibus, helping them to feel comfortable and secure. Our services are in the Bucksburn and Garthdee areas of Aberdeen, with journeys across the Aberdeen City area.

The impact you can make
Volunteer Drivers play an important role in helping children feel safe, secure and relaxed during these journeys. Volunteer Drivers put children at ease, who may otherwise be feeling anxious by interacting with children and being a friendly face to accompany them to and from the service. These interactions help to develop communication skills, building confidence and self-esteem.

The benefits to you
Volunteer Drivers can gain a real sense of satisfaction from helping children with disabilities travel to and from the Options Aberdeen service, knowing they are making a positive impact and helping to make their time at Option Aberdeen enjoyable. Volunteer Drivers can gain experience working with children and young people, and become part of a supportive and encouraging team.

When will I be required?
Volunteers will typically be required to transport children to the service after school, and home from the service in the evening. Volunteers support may also be requested at weekends or for organised activities.

If you would like to find out more about this more, I would be more than happy to arrange to have a chat on the phone, video call or in person. If at this stage you are keen to apply to become a volunteer with Aberlour, our Volunteer Application Form is available on our website here: https://www.aberlour.org.uk/volunteer/how-to-apply/. Alternatively this is something we can also complete in person if you prefer.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions"

Shonagh Kane
Volunteer Coordinator - North
Aberlour Volunteering
Southside House, 135 Fifty Pitches Road, Glasgow, G51 4EB
T: 01382 250 840  M: 07864 625069

Monday, 2 May 2022

Police Report - April 2022

This report covers progress made by our Local Community Policing Team in dealing with policing priorities for the area during April 2022.
Community Policing Priorities
Antisocial behaviour, Violence and Disorder:
On the afternoon of Sunday 10th April, Police were called to the International School, North Deeside Road in relation to young adults playing football within the grounds and refusing to leave with potential damage to the fence. Officers spoke with staff who confirmed the persons had left and there was no damage. Suitable advice was passed at this time.

On the morning of Wednesday 13th April, Police were advised regards a greenhouse on Northcote Park having had the windows smashed. On speaking with caller it was not believed to have been deliberate, so no crime has been recorded and suitable advice passed.

Officers will continue to carry out patrols in area’s known for anti-social behaviour, including the above.

Acquisitive Crime:
Overnight from Monday 11th into Tuesday 12th April a property under renovation on Morningside Gardens was broken into and items stolen. Enquiries are ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Police on 101 quoting incident number 0724 of the 12th April.

Everyone is encouraged to remain vigilant, report suspicious activity and take simple crime reduction steps such as internal lighting on timers, motion sensing lighting externally and, if you can afford it, consider CCTV.

Road Safety & Road Crime:
There have been no specific incidents of note in relation to Road Safety / Road Crime this month.

We continue to work with partners in response to specific complaints in terms of road traffic offences. Residents in the areas affected by antisocial driving are encouraged to contact Police on 101 at the time, to report incidents and provide as much description as possible of the vehicle(s)/person(s) in order for us to take positive action.

Community Engagement & Reassurance
Operation Armour was launched at the start of April and will run throughout the summer months with the aim of preventing, deterring and detecting bike thefts across the City.  Sergeant Tom Spencer who is leading the initiative said “Bike thefts are a priority for the North East Division all year round however we see an increase in this sort of crime over the summer months with more people utilising their bikes. This operation is essential in sending out a clear message that this sort of crime will not be tolerated”.

As part of the operation Officers will be carrying out both plain clothes and high viability patrols to deter and disrupt thefts.

Another important part of the operation is the educate bike owners on simple but effective security measures they can take and to visit local bike shops asking retailers to continue to promote bike security to their customers. Operation Armour Officers along with Crime Reduction Officers today attended at Edinburgh Bicycle, who have partnered with Operation Armour this year, to promote bike security.

The demand for bicycles has never been greater and as such bicycles are being targeted regularly by thieves. Whether you have just purchased your first bike or are a seasoned cyclist it is worth investing in a good quality cycle specific lock to secure your bike.  Thieves will routinely carry bolt croppers or even battery powered angle grinders and light weight, poor quality locks offer little resistance. As a rough guide consider spending around 10% of the value of your bike on a lock. Always buy the best quality lock you can afford and look out for those that have been endorsed as ‘Sold Secure’ or ‘Secured by Design.’
It's not enough to simply lock your bicycle whenever it is left unattended for a longer period. Modern bikes are light and can be carried away quickly. Whether a bicycle stand, lamp post or metal fence: a bike must be locked to something and whatever you choose, it must be at least as secure as the lock itself. Ideally, use two different types of lock - a thief will need more tools to steal it.  The best place for your bike at night is a locked room, e.g. a cellar or garage, and it should always be secured with a bicycle lock; ideally combined with a ground anchor. If bicycles  cannot be locked to something, for example in the hall or garage, simply lock several bikes together.

Photograph your bike and record all of your bike’s details and distinguishing features and keep in a safe place. The serial number can be found on the bottom bracket. Consider using a bike registration scheme to mark your bicycle. Not only is this a deterrent to thieves but should you be unlucky enough to have your bicycle stolen it increases the chances of getting your bicycle back.

How to Keep Your Bike Safe - A Guide To Preventing Bicycle Theft 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ye4p6IGGQWw

How to lock your bike in town - gmbn tech's guide to urban bike security
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQfaFZ5OpOs

How To Install A Ground Anchor - Ultimate Bike Security
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DiLSzzPVyE

Tested - £11,000 of Bike Locks Destroyed
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxIbAFnmsIQ

Further guidance can be found at
https://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/home-and-personal-property/keep-your-bicycle-secure

Or by contacting Police Scotland Crime Reduction Officers on NorthEastCrimeReduction@scotland.pnn.police.uk

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

Contact Us
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Thursday, 28 April 2022

First Aberdeen - Fare increases

First Aberdeen have announced fare revisions across their network to be implemented from Sunday 1st May 2022. The key fare changes are summarised below for information.
This is the first fare change on First Aberdeen services since July 2019 and First Aberdeen has advised that no fares will increase by more than the current CPI inflation rate and the newly designed options are better suited for the emergence of a hybrid working model and the end of the traditional five-day commute.

First will also continue to operate “tap and cap” which allows customers to enter a capping environment on any service across the First Aberdeen network using contactless payments. First’s system will then select the cheapest fare based on their usage so customer’s pay for the most appropriate ticket depending on how they use the bus in a single day.

SINGLE TICKETS

Category                 Current            New         %Change
Adult 1-5 Stages     £1.70               £1.80        5.9%
Adult  6+ Stages     £2.70               £2.85        5.6%
Child                      £1.25               £1.30        4.0%
P&R                                               £1.30        N/A

RETURN TICKETS
A new 2 trip ticket will be introduced, which must be used within 24 hours:

                               On Bus            App 
Adult £4.20 £4.20

FIRST DAY TICKET

Category              On Bus     On Bus     %Change      App        App   %Change
                            Current     New                         Current   New
Adult                   £4.40        £4.70        6.8%           £4.20     £4.45    6.0% 
Child                   £2.60        £2.75        5.8%           £2.50     £2.50    6.0%
Student               £3.80        £4.00        5.3%           £3.70     £3.95    6.8%
Family/Group      £8.00        £8.50        6.3%           £7.50     £8.00    6.7%

FLEXI DAY TICKETS
This is a new range of Flexible Day Tickets, available in the First App only, to better  suit hybrid working and represent better value for customers who currently purchase  weekly or monthly tickets,

The new options provide: 

3-in-7: 3 day tickets to be used over a 7 day period. 

5-in-7: 5 day tickets to be used over a 7 day period 

15-in-28: 15 day tickets to be used over a 28 day period.


Category                 3-in7                5-in-7          15-in28
Adult                       £13.00             £17.50         £52.00
Student                    £11.50             £16.00         £47.00

FIRST WEEK TICKET

Category       On Bus      On Bus     %Change         App            App      %Change
                      Current      New                            Current       New
Adult             £18.00       £19.20        6.7%           £16.99     £18.10        6.5% 
Child             £8.90         £9.50          6.7%           £8.50       £9.00          5.9%
Student         £16.00       £17.00        6.3%           £15.50     £16.50        6.8%

FIRST 4 WEEK TICKETS

Category                 Current             New          % Change
Adult                       £64.99             £69.50         6.9%
Child                       £31.99             £34.20          6.9%
Student                    £54.00             £57.50         6.5%


If you require any further information or wish to discuss the matter further, please do  not hesitate to contact the team at publictransport@aberdeencity.gov.uk.  

James Hutton Institute - Master plan

Following the exhibition event and consultation period that was undertaken for the Craigiebuckler Campus Masterplan, the Institute have been reviewing the responses that have been received from staff,  the general public and other interested parties. 

The Institute have said that, across the comments received, there were similar themes and questions being asked.  Thery have therefore prepared a summary of the key questions with their answers provided. 

The summary is available to view on the James Hutton Institute’s website at 

Minutes of Meeting 26 April 2022

The minutes of the Community Council meeting held on Tuesday 26th April can now be viewed or download by clicking here.

The next meeting of the Community Council, again to be held on Zoom, will be on Tuesday 24th May 2022. Anyone wishing to attend should contact the secretary by email (click here) for access details.

ALL WELCOME

Friday, 8 April 2022

April Meeting - Agenda

The next meeting of the Community Council will be on Tuesday 26th April 2022. The meeting will be on ZOOM and will start at 7pm prompt.

The Community Council's draft annual statement of account will be presented by the Treasurer for approval.  The draft Statement of Account can be viewed by clicking here.

Anyone wishing to attend should contact the Secretary by email at bandmcommcouncil@gmail.com for details on how to access the zoom meeting.

To view the Agenda - click here

ALL WELCOME

Police Report - March 2022

The local Community Policing Team report has been issued - 

"This report covers progress we have made in dealing with your priorities during March 2022. The report aims to highlight emerging issues in your area, and to provide crime prevention advice and guidance. 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:
On the evening of Sunday 6th March officers attended an address in the Craigielea Avenue area after reports of ongoing noise, this resulted in a male being warned and subsequently charged in relation to excessive noise from the property.
Anti-social behaviour and noise issues can cause real issues to those suffering it, this can be reported in numerous ways and predominantly via the Aberdeen City Council Antisocial Behaviour Investigation Team (ASBIT) 0800 0510434 (phone line 9am 4am daily) or online ASBIT@aberdeencity.gov.uk or it can also be reported to your local housing office or to Police Scotland on 101. Finally, if you wish to remain anonymous, via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online via https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/give-information-anonymously

Acquisitive Crime:
Officers are making enquiries into the theft of items from an insecure vehicle parked on Great Western Road, Aberdeen that has occurred between Friday 18th and Monday 21st March.

We continue to encourage us all to remain vigilant, to report suspicious activity timeously via 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress. Can I also urge us all to ensure we are locking our vehicles, please check and check again as above highlights the opportunism of these criminals.

Road Safety & Road Crime:
There have been no specific incidents of note in relation to Road Safety / Road Crime this month.

We continue to work with partners in response to specific complaints in terms of road traffic offences. Residents in the areas affected by antisocial driving are encouraged to contact Police on 101 at the time, to report incidents and provide as much of a description as possible of the vehicle(s)/person(s) in order for us to take positive action.

Community Engagement & Reassurance
We encourage everyone to report incidents of hate that they experience or witness. If you have been targeted because of your disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity, we want you to report it. If you are aware of someone else being targeted, we also want you to report it.

What is hate crime?
Being targeted for your disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity could be considered a hate crime. You can also be targeted for more than one characteristic or perceived characteristic. 

Hate crimes can include but are not limited to:
  • Assault
  • Verbal abuse
  • Damage to property
  • Threatening behaviour
  • Robbery
  • Harassment
  • Online abuse.
Police Scotland and hate crime
Police Scotland takes hate crime very seriously. We will take appropriate action and do everything we can to bring those responsible to justice. 

Everyone in Scotland has rights that protect them from hate crime. Whether you live in Scotland, are here to work, or are visiting Scotland, you are protected by law from hate crime. This includes if you are currently seeking asylum or refugee status. 

If English is not your first language, we will seek the assistance of an interpreter/BSL interpreter for you. This is to help you give us your report in your first language. We want you to feel safe and comfortable when speaking to us. Where possible we will arrange to speak with you at a place you feel comfortable. You can also have a support person present. 

Reporting a hate crime

We will listen to you, provide support and take appropriate action. Here is a summary of what will happen when you report a hate crime:

1. We will listen to you, your report will be investigated and we will offer you victim support
2. You will be contacted by an officer either by phone, in person or by your preferred method of contact
3. Police Scotland will take appropriate action and you will be kept informed 
4. If Police Scotland has enough evidence, the person responsible will be charged with the offence and reported to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service
5. If there is not enough evidence we will still record your report as a hate incident and offer you support*
6. Once your case is with the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal service you will be kept updated on the progress of your case.

*It is important to still report non-criminal hate incidents. This helps us get a clearer picture of what is happening in Scotland and where to focus our attention.
  • You can contact us and report hate crime in the following ways: 
  • By phoning 999 (emergency) 101 (non-emergency)
  • In person at any police station
  • By completing a hate crime reporting form
  • At a Third Party Reporting Centre
  • Text 999 (registered users only)
  • Contact Scotland-BSL
  • Keep Safe Scotland App
Getting support when reporting hate crime
In some cases victims and witnesses of hate crime do not feel comfortable reporting the matter directly to the police. They may feel more comfortable reporting it to someone they are familiar with or they may want support when they report.

To ensure everyone is able to report hate crime, Police Scotland works closely with a wide variety of partners who perform the role of Third Party Reporting Centres. These partners have been trained to assist people in submitting a report to the police and can make reports on your behalf. If you become a victim of crime or wish further advice you can contact Police Scotland by calling 101 or report through our website www.scotland.police.uk/contact-us

As always, if you see or are the victim of crime please do report this.

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

Contact Us
Please also remember you can communicate with us using any of the following:
  • 101 – Non emergency;
  • Twitter - @NorthEPolice;
  • Facebook – www.facebook.com/NorthEastPoliceDivision;
  • Web – www.scotland.police.uk;
  • 999 – Emergency;
  • 0800 555 111 - Crimestoppers."

Wednesday, 30 March 2022

Royal Voluntary Service

The Royal Voluntary Service deliver a number of Community Service to those in need of assistance.

Community Transport: taking a client to a medical or social related appointment; it can be a local or longer journey.

Shopping: a RVS volunteer can do a client’s shopping (shop and drop) or take a client shopping - depending on mobility (assisted shopping).

Supporting You at Home
: this is a 12-week support plan for clients who have recently been discharged home from hospital. The support provided would be tailored to the client’s needs. Clients are not charged for any transport or shopping mileage within the 12 weeks.

If you would like more information, including the small transport charges for the Community Transport and Shopping services you can email grampiansupport@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk.

The Service is also recruiting for more volunteers in the area to help deliver these services. If you are interested in volunteering then contact 

Thursday, 24 March 2022

Meeting Minutes - 22 March 2022

The Community Council minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 22nd March can now be viewed or download by clicking here.

The next meeting of the Community Council, again to be held on Zoom, will be on Tuesday April 26th 2022. Anyone wishing to attend should contact the secretary by email (click here) for access details.

ALL WELCOME

Wednesday, 23 March 2022

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee

2022 marks Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The Community Council has placed aside a small budget to assist any of our residents who wish to organise a community event to celebrate the occasion.

In June, last year, the residents of Braeside Terrace organised a “small big lunch”, street party, with which the Community Council assisted by making a small donation toward some of the costs.

We are keen to hear from anyone in our area who is organising, or considering organising, a Jubilee community celebration and we can perhaps, assist with publicity, finance or organisationally.

If you and your neighbours are thinking about a street celebration and would like to be considered for a small donation please get in touch by emailing the secretary.

Tuesday, 22 March 2022

Mannofield Water Works - Upgrade

The Mannofield Water Treatment Works in North Deeside Road are to have an £8 million upgrade.  The work, which will start, in Mid April will last for approximately 6 months.

The work will involve the construction of a new mixer chamber and the installation of associated pipework.  New mechanical and electrical equipment is to be installed within the existing building on the site. 

The first phase of the project involves excavation work and as such, residents may hear an increase in noise during the period of excavation. There may also be an increase in construction traffic during this time. All drivers have been briefed on the access route and speed limits will be adhered to. 

There will be no weekend working, nor will there be machinery working before 8am; all work will cease at 5.30pm daily.

The upgrade will improve the resilience and function of the treatment works, ensuring the supply fresh clear drinking water into the future.

If you want to follow the progress of this project the visit Scottish Water website by clicking here

If you have questions or comments about any aspect of the Mannofield project you can contact Julianne Robertson - Phone: 07514 316335 or email Julianne.Robertson@scottishwater.co.uk who will do her best to address your enquiry.   

Tuesday, 15 March 2022

Great Western Road Medical Practice Position Statement - Update

Following the position statement placed on the Great Western Road Medical Practice facebook page on 10 March, the Community Council wrote to the practice manager asking for a little more clarification on the statement that it thought was vague, short on detail and lacking in transparency. 

The Community Council pointed out that the statement had raised concerns in the community that the practice was at risk of imminent closure.

The Community Council asked the practice manager if more information could be shared with them and invited a member of their team to address the Community Council meeting on the 22 March.

In a bid "to allay community concerns" the practice was also invited to consider reviewing/updating the practice update to be a little more transparent with the problems being faced, the steps being taken and the ramifications for their patients and the local community.

On Monday, 14 March the following response was received:

"Thank you for your email of 11/03/22.

We have no further information to share beyond our statement on our website and our Facebook page.

As we said in our statement, we will keep our patients up to date with any confirmed changes as soon as we are able.


Yours sincerely,
                         
Partner, Great Western Medical Practice."


The Community Council are disappointed with the brevity of the response from the Great Western Road Medical Practice and that they have declined the opportunity to quash rumours, alleviate resident and patient concerns on its future and indicate what changes are being considered.  

The Community Council regrets, that it cannot, at this time, update residents in the area as to medical provision we can expect from the medical centre going forward, however this article in the Press and Journal may shed some light on the issue.  Aberdeen medical practice considering merger amid collapse fears (pressandjournal.co.uk)

Friday, 11 March 2022

Great Western Medical Practice Position Statement

The Great Western Medical Practice issued the following statement on 10 March

"Due to significant staff changes we have taken the decision to proactively approach other GP practices in the city to gauge possible interest in working with us to ensure the future sustainability of the practice and ongoing patient care.

As soon as we have any further information to share, we will inform you first as a matter of priority.

We have been very grateful for the support we have already received from practices across the city.

We appreciate this news may be unsettling to you and would like to take this opportunity to reassure you that your health, wellbeing and the ongoing continuity of care remain our key focus.

Please refrain from calling the surgery to ask for more information as our staff will not be able to comment further."

A number of residents have made comment that the statement suggests the closure of the practice and are concerned about the lack of transparency and clartiy in its content.

The Community Council has written to the Practice asking for more details and suggesting a more transparent and helpful update could be issued to allay resident and patient fears.

March Meeting - Agenda

The March meeting of the Community Council will be on Tuesday 22nd March 2022. The meeting will be on ZOOM and will start at 7pm prompt.

Anyone wishing to attend should contact the Secretary by email at bandmcommcouncil@gmail.com for details on how to access the zoom meeting.

To view the Agenda - click here

ALL WELCOME

Monday, 7 March 2022

Public Consultation - James Hutton Institute

The James Hutton Institute are holding consultation sessions regarding their plans to develop the site at the former MacCaulay Research grounds in MacCaulay Drive.  The institute has a vision of creating a scientific campus that will attract soil and environmental research from all over the world.

The James Hutton Institute say;
"The aim of this public consultation is to share the Institute’s vision for the future of the campus, and seek feedback from colleagues, neighbours and all interested groups. 

This consultation will take you through the vision, masterplan and first stage in delivery with indicative details of a new access into the site. We would welcome your feedback on the content presented and on the consultation.

A public drop-in event will take place on Wednesday 9 March 2022 at Craigiebuckler, from 2:00 to 8:00 pm. Following this session, public information will remain available on site for members of the public to view until Wednesday 23 March.

We will gather your comments and answer queries where possible. Your feedback will be used to inform the proposal as it progresses."

The consultation document can be viewed by clicking here and interested parties can provide their views by completing a feedback form available by clicking here

Friday, 4 March 2022

Temporary Traffic Lights - Countesswells Road

Aberdeen City Council have advised of the installation of temporary traffic lights in Counteswells Road between McCaulay Drive and Countesswells Sports Fields.

The lights will operate between 7.30am and 5pm from 21 March to 15 April to allow for work on street lighting.

Interested in standing as a City Councillor?

Have you ever considered standing for election as a city councillor?

In advance of the May local council elections this year, Aberdeen City Council have produced a short informative video on the role.

The video covers
  • 21st century councillor
  • How to support constituents
  • Support to councillors
  • Remuneration and Pensions
  • Committees, Convenership and Conduct
  • The Election Process
The video is about 30 minutes long.

The link page also has all the documentation you need to help you with your nomination.

To view the video and download documentation click here

Wednesday, 2 March 2022

Minutes of AGM and February meeting


The Community Council Annual General Meeting was held on 22nd of February.  The minutes of that meeting can be read or downloaded by clicking here.

The February monthly meeting followed the AGM and the minutes can be read by clicking here.

The next meeting of the Community Council, again to be held on Zoom, will be on Tuesday March 22nd 2022. Anyone wishing to attend should contact the secretary by email (click here) for access details.

ALL WELCOME

Police Report - February 2022

Our Local Policing Team have forwarded the following report on February activities in the area.

Community Policing Priorities
Antisocial behaviour, Violence and Disorder:
On the evening of Wednesday 2 nd February officers were called to a report of a male acting suspiciously on Hammerfield Avenue, thanks to the timely phone call, good description with direction of travel officers traced the male a short distance away, where it was found to be a false call with good intent.

The above highlights the importance of neighbours remaining vigilant and reporting suspicious activity in a timely manner with a good description.

Acquisitive Crime:
Officers are making enquiries in to a male seen to be trying car door handles on Wellbrae Terrace during the early hours on Tuesday 8th February. No access was gained nor any vehicles stolen. 

On the afternoon of Friday 25th, a male was disturbed within a property on Great Western Road, it was later discovered property was stolen. 

Enquires are ongoing into both of the above and I remind each of us to ensure our properties are secure at all times.

I continue to encourage us all to remain vigilant, to report suspicious activity timeously via 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress.

Road Safety & Road Crime:
There have been no specific incidents of note in relation to Road Safety / Road Crime this month.

We continue to work with partners in response to specific complaints in terms of road traffic offences. Residents in the areas affected by antisocial driving are encouraged to contact Police on 101 at the time, to report incidents and provide as much description as possible of the vehicle(s)/person(s) in order for us to take positive action.

Community Engagement & Reassurance

Unfortunately bike theft continues to be all too commonplace across the UK with many bikes being stolen to order by organised crime gangs. The following is provided by our Crime Reduction Unit and provides valuable advice and guidance on how to secure your pedal cycle both at home and whilst out and about.

REGISTER IT
Register your bike on a secure, Secured by Design (SBD) recognised national database. The police will check these databases if they find bikes in the possession of a criminal or in the street to identify the rightful owner. A bike carrying a database stamp is a highly effective, visible deterrent to bike thieves as they know that if they are caught with a registered bike they will be arrested, as the rightful owner can be traced by the police within seconds.

RECORD IT
Remember to record as many details of your bike as you can, such as the make/model, size, colour, frame number (normally found underneath the bike between the pedals or where the back wheel slots in), plus any other distinguishing features, and take a photo.

SECURITY MARK IT
Security marking your bike using a SBD recognised forensic asset marking or etching kit is another highly effective, visible deterrent to thieves and an established method of reducing theft.


DOUBLE-LOCK IT, SECURE IT AND LOCK THE LOT
It can take thieves as little as a few seconds to cut through some locks that haven’t achieved the Police Preferred Specification, so use two good quality locks, at least one of which is a D-lock (sometimes referred to as a U-lock). 

• Secure your bike as close to the stand as possible to give any thieves little or no room to manoeuvre.
• Lock the frame and both wheels to the cycle parking stand. Locks are considered more vulnerable when they come in to contact with the ground, so keep them off the floor.

REMOVE THE REMOVABLE BITS
Take parts that are easy to remove with you, such as the saddle or wheels. Or use locking skewers or nuts which can increase security by securing the bike’s components to the frame permanently, making it difficult for thieves to steal detachable parts.

PARK SECURE
Lock your bike at recognised secure cycle parking. It should be well lit and covered by CCTV. Secured cycle hubs and racks are provided by local councils and business, however, while some of these products are security tested some are not, so be wary. Avoid leaving your bike in isolated or dimly lit places, always leave your bike where a potential thief will have to perform in public! 

• Don’t lock your bike to an open-ended structure such as a sign post – thieves justlift the bike over the top of it.
• Avoid locking your bike against a gate or wall, thieves will often use leverage against the wall or gate to break the bike lock.
• Electric Bikes are very expensive, so try not to leave in the same place on a regular basis – it may be noticed and stolen to order by a determined thief.

REMEMBER SAFETY BEGINS AT HOME
This is very important to remember, as many bikes are stolen at home. Statistics show that bike thefts are most likely to occur in a semi-private location near the victim’s home; this includes outside areas on the premises and garages around, but not connected to, the home.

• Take the same care to lock your bike securely at home as you would on the street.
• Ground anchors can be used together with shed or garage alarms, which can be connected to your house alarm system. 
• Doorbell and external security cameras can also be used as a deterrent to thieves.

You may wish to consider bringing your bike indoors if you don’t have appropriately secure external storage.

Lock your bike as described above in a securely locked garage or shed ensuring either is well maintained and the bike is hidden from view. 

Bike Security - videos
How to Keep Your Bike Safe | A Guide to Preventing Bicycle Theft
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ye4p6IGGQWw
How to lock your bike in town / GMBN tech's guide to urban bike security
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQfaFZ5OpOs
How to Install A Ground Anchor | Ultimate Bike Security
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DiLSzzPVyE

Please contact the North East Division Crime Reduction team for further advice and the opportunity to have a crime reduction survey at your home by emailing – NorthEastCrimeReduction@scotland.police.uk

Keep Updated
There is a service provided by Neighbourhood Watch Scotland that helps share “alerts” where crimes are known to affect a specific area. You might find it useful to sign up to receive these alerts which are free of charge and can be sent to you by email or by text (you can select your preference). If you are interested in joining this then please use this link
https://member-registration.neighbourhoodalert.co.uk/91/Join.

Please also visit our Police Scotland website for more links and security advice
https://www.scotland.police.uk/advice-and-information/your-home/

If you become a victim of crime or wish further advice you can contact Police Scotland by calling 101 or report through our website www.scotland.police.uk/contact-us

As always, if you see or are the victim of crime please do report this as below.
Follow us on Twitter @NorthEPolice #WestEndCPT

Also available are the three following contact email addresses for the West End:
AiryhallBroomhillGarthdeeCPT@Scotland.pnn.police.uk
HazleheadAshleyQueensCrossCPT@Scotland.pnn.police.uk
TorryFerryhillCPT@scotland.pnn.police.uk

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

Contact Us

Please also remember you can communicate with us using any of the following:
101 – Non emergency;
Twitter - @NorthEPolice;
Facebook – www.facebook.com/NorthEastPoliceDivision;
Web – www.scotland.police.uk;
999 – Emergency;
0800 555 111 - Crimestoppers.

Tuesday, 22 February 2022

Palm Court - Application to Extend Opening Hours

The Palm Court Hotel in Seafield Road has applied for an extension to their licence to allow them to keep the bar and function rooms open until 2am on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The Community Council has been invited to comment on the proposal.

In order to represent the views of members of our community, you are invited to indicate, in the attached poll, whether you support or object to the extension application of their terminal hour. 

All comments have to be submitted to Aberdeen City Council by 7 March.  The poll will remain open until midnight on Wednesday 2nd March.

THE POLL IS NOW CLOSED

Monday, 14 February 2022

Police Report - January 2022

The following information has been forwarded from our local Policing Team:

"This report covers progress we have made in dealing with your priorities for the Braeside & Mannofield Community Council area during the last week in December 2021 up until the end of January 2022.

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:
Officers this month are investigating the vandalism to a motor vehicle parked unattended on Airyhall Road, whereby the tyres were damaged deliberately. This appears an isolated incident with no other vehicles damaged or reports of similar incidents. This occurred sometime between Thursday the 24th and Saturday 26th December.

On the afternoon of Saturday 29th January Police received reports of an egg having been thrown at a window at a property on Deeside Gardens, no damage was caused and no persons have been seen and, officers will carry out patrols in the area.

Acquisitive Crime:
Officers are investigating the theft of two pedal cycles that have occurred this month. One was stolen from an insecure Garden shed in the Duthie Terrace area sometime between Friday the 19th November and Friday 26th November, however was not reported to Police until the 5th of January. The owner has
been provided with suitable crime prevention advice.

Sometime between Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th January a secured pedal cycle was stolen from outside a property at Craigton Court, with the lock also having been stolen. Enquiries are ongoing.

I continue to encourage us all to remain vigilant, to report suspicious activity timeously via 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress. More information on bicycle security can be found on the Police Scotland Internet site or by the following link.
https://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/home-and-personal-property/keep-your-bicycle-secure

Road Safety & Road Crime:
There have been no specific incidents of note in relation to Road Safety / Road Crime this month.

We continue to work with partners in response to specific complaints in terms of road traffic offences. Residents in the areas affected by antisocial driving are encouraged to contact Police on 101 at the time, to report incidents and provide as much description as possible of the vehicle(s)/person(s) in order for us to take positive action.

Community Engagement & Reassurance
This month I have continued my drive to put out information on how to avoid scams. I make no apologies for sharing the the advice from Age Scotland which gives clear and concise advice on

  • What is a Scam?
  • Different types of scams (Doorstep / Telephone / Mail / Online).
  • What to look out for.
  • What you can do.
  • How to report a scam and further advice.


As always, if you see or are the victim of crime please do report this as below.

Follow us on Twitter @NorthEPolice #WestEndCPT

Also available are the three following contact email addresses for the West End:
AiryhallBroomhillGarthdeeCPT@Scotland.pnn.police.uk
HazleheadAshleyQueensCrossCPT@Scotland.pnn.police.uk
TorryFerryhillCPT@scotland.pnn.police.uk

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

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

Contact Us

Please also remember you can communicate with us using any of the following:

🕾 101 – Non emergency;
🖱 Twitter - @NorthEPolice;
🖱 Facebook – www.facebook.com/NorthEastPoliceDivision;
🖱 Web – www.scotland.police.uk;
🕾 999 – Emergency;
🕾 0800 555 111 - Crimestoppers."

Annual General Meeting - 2022

The Braeside and Mannofield Community Council Annual General Meeting will be held at 7pm on Tuesday 22 February 2022. It will be a virtual meeting using the Zoom video conferencing tool.

The minutes of last year's Annual General Meeting can be downloaded clicking here - 2021 Minutes

For the access code for the meeting and any issues for discussion at the AGM, email the Secretary at bandmcommcouncil@gmail.com by 20 February 2022

As in previous years, the February monthly meeting of the Community Council will follow immediately after the AGM.

Employability Activities

As part of an Employability project, Aberdeen City Council are organising a number of activities/courses.  They are  predominantly aimed at people who are unemployed or looking to upskill to improve their employment prospects. 

There are still some spaces available for the the following activities. 

Adult Learn to Bike - at Adventure Aberdeen, Kingswells. Bikes are provided, transport can be arranged.

14th February – Improvers : 9.30-12.30 or 13.00- 15.30
2nd March – On Road Training: 9.30-12.30 or 13.00- 15.30

Tel: Gerry 07557190766

Outdoor Employability Sessions – 3 sessions at the Grove, Hazlehead. Transport and childcare can be provided.

Confidence-building, communication skills, problem-solving, team work, negotiation and organisation.

Thursday 17th March 10.30- 12.30
Thursday 24th March 10.30- 12.30
Thursday 31st March 10.30 – 12.30

Tel: Caroline 07557188168

Employability Residential – at Cromdale. All transport, accommodation and food provided.

Team challenges, canoeing, low level walking wilderness skills
Opportunity to gain a core skills SQA level 2 Working With Others

Tuesday 22nd – Thursday 24th February 2022
OR
Tuesday 15th – Thursday 17th March 2022

Any one interested in booking a place can contact adultlearning@aberdeencity.gov.uk for more information/booking, or call the numbers shown below the activity.