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

Friday, 12 October 2018

Temporary Traffic Lights - Craigton Road

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

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

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Aberdeen Cross City Transport Connections - Consultation

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

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

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

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

Police Report - September 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Road Safety & Road Crime:
In response to your requests Officers will be taking a robust approach balancing education with enforcement to ensure the relatively small minority who are responsible for committing offences and antisocial behaviour with vehicles are held accountable for their actions. We will be working with partners and making use of antisocial behaviour legislation. Residents in the areas affected by antisocial driving are encouraged to contact Police on 101 at the time to report incidents in order for us to take positive action.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, 8 October 2018

Minutes of Meeting - 25 September 2018


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

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

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

All Welcome

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

FREE Salt Bags

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Next Meeting - 25 September 2018

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

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

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

ALL WELCOME

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Police Report - August 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In response to your requests Officers will be taking a robust approach balancing education with enforcement to ensure the relatively small minority who are responsible for committing offences and antisocial behaviour with vehicles are held accountable for their actions. We will be working with partners and making use of antisocial behaviour legislation. Residents in the areas affected by antisocial driving are encouraged to contact Police on 101 at the time to report incidents in order for us to take positive action.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can Contact ourlocal police Unit through the following media:

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

Community Council Elections

As intimated earlier, the elections for Community Councils will be held on 25 October 2018. The process had now begun and the notice of election has been published.

You have until 4pm on 27 September to complete and submit your nomination form is you want to stand as a Community Councillor.

You don't need any special skills or experience to get involved - anyone who lives in the Community Council area and is on the electoral roll can get involved.

The key dates for this years election are:

4pm on 27 September Closing date for nominations
4pm on 3 October Closing date for withdrawals
8 October Notice of Poll (or uncontested)
25 October Polling Day

You can download a nomination form to stand as a Community Councillor by clicking here

For further information contact Karen Finch, Community Council Liaision Officer on 01224 522723 or by email at communitycouncils@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Minutes of Meeting - 28 August 2018

The Minutes of the Community Council meeting held on Tuesday 28 August 2018 can be viewed by clicking here or by accessing through the Document Archive on the right. 

The next meeting of the Community Council is scheduled for Tuesday 26 September in the Gordon Room at Mannofield Church at 7pm.

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

All Welcome

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

Monday, 20 August 2018

Next Meeting - 28 August 2018


The next meeting of the Community Council, will be held 7pm on Tuesday 28 August 2018.

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

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

ALL WELCOME

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Police Report - July 2018

The latest police report for the area from 1st July to 31st July 2018:

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

There have been a small number of reported vandalisms at the beginning of the month predominantly in the Morningside area which consisted of glass being broken, if anyone is aware of anyone going about with a catapult in suspicious circumstances please let us know. There has been 1 report of an assault in which the young person responsible will be reported to the Youth Justice unit.

Acquisitive Crime:
There have been no reports of acquisitive crime during this period, however in the good weather we would always recommend locking your cycles to each other or something substantial within your shed, don’t make it easy for them. Drawing on other areas recent experience if your vehicle has keyless entry please check where ever you keep the keys within the house does not cause the vehicle to unlock.

Road Safety & Road Crime:
In response to your requests Officers will be taking a robust approach balancing education with enforcement to ensure the relatively small minority who are responsible for committing offences and antisocial behaviour with vehicles are held accountable for their actions.  We will be working with partners and making use of antisocial behaviour legislation.  Residents in the areas affected by antisocial driving are encouraged to contact Police on 101 at the time to report incidents in order for us to take positive action.

We would also remind some of our Adults that whilst for them riding a cycle on the pavement is not allowed for children doing their paper rounds it is ok.

Community Engagement & Reassurance
I hope we have all been able to take advantage of the terrific weather recently by spending more time outdoors, as always we would ask you to lock garden tools & cycles away after use and if you're in the back garden is your front door unlocked?

As more of us enjoy the open recreational spaces Aberdeen has to offer be it the Deeside way, the Hazlehead parks and trails or anyone of the garden parks we have dotted across the city, we would ask you to take a little time and consider those others using them and how they got there, perhaps by car by cycle or even by horse. Each requires a different consideration from other road users you can find out more here.

http://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/road-safety/
http://www.scotland.police.uk/whats-happening/news/2017/october/drivers-urged-to-give-horses-plenty-of-room

In the summer months the majority of our antisocial behaviour calls are about young people who "might be up to something" or "look like they're up to no" good or even are making a racket in a play park. As adults I would hope you would cast your mind back to when you were that age and remember the vast majority of our young people whilst a bit loud and occasionally boisterous are doing anything than being perfectly acceptable children.

Conversely if when you look at someone or a group and instinctively know they are up to no good let us know as these are the people we need to know about.

Over the last couple of months we have spoken about the frauds, if there are any local groups who would like us to attend and have a chat please let us know if they are not in our area they can find their local policing team to contact here.

http://www.scotland.police.uk/your-community/north-east/

Just please remember no matter how plausible the "security alert on your account" may seem or convincing "the police officer/bank manager/security expert" may be.

YOUR BANK OR THE POLICE WILL NEVER CONTACT YOU OVER THE PHONE AND ASK YOU TO TRANSFER MONEY BETWEEN ACCOUNTS.

Please look here and ensure your seniors or perhaps less tech savvy community members are aware.

http://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/keep-secure-online/phishing-internet-shopping

National Campaigns
Door step crime increases with the lighter nights this time of year, often in the guise of Bogus Workmen they pray on the elderly and other vulnerable groups in our community. If someone you know is suddenly getting work done in their property that they have never mentioned, ask them about it, if it seems suspicious contact either ourselves or our partners within Aberdeen City Council Trading Standards
https://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/services/business-and-licensing/trading-standards/trading-standards

This time of year a number of our young people look to move away from home and into further education, the advice below will be invaluable in keeping those loved ones safe.
http://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/personal-safety/student-safety

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

http://www.scotland.police.uk/about-us/our-performance/

Follow us on Twitter @NorthEPolice   #WestEndCPT

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

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

The Great Aberdeen Run

The Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run is back in the city on Sunday 26 August 2018.  The event will again feature a half marathon, 10k and family run.

All races on the day will start and finish on Union Street with the event village based alongside. 

The day starts with the 10km at 09.00am, followed by the half marathon at 10.30am before the family run which starts at 1.10pm.

A number of roads within the city will be affected by the event, and road closures and traffic diversions will be in operation on the day.

Community Council Elections

Community Councils are established by the Local Authority as set out in the Scheme for Establishment of Community Councils.

Community Councillors are volunteers who have an interest in their local area and who have been elected by their local communities.

Becoming a Community Councillor in Aberdeen gives you an opportunity to play a vital role in decision making.

The elections for Community Councils will be held on 25 October 2018 which means there has never been a better time to get involved.

You don't need any special skills or experience, anyone who lives in the Community Council area and is on the electoral roll can get involved.

The key dates for this years election are:

7pm on 22 August              Information session at the Town House
7pm on 27 August              Information session at the Town House
29 August                             Publication of notice of election
4pm on 27 September       Closing date for nominations
4pm on 3 October              Closing date for withdrawals
8 October                             Notice of Poll (or uncontested)
25 October                           Polling Day

For further information contact   Karen Finch, Community Council Liaision Officer on 01224 522723 or by email at communitycouncils@aberdeencity.gov.uk

First Aberdeen - Fare Changes

First Aberdeen has announced that some of its fares will be changing from Sunday 5th August 2018.

Tickets bought via the First Bus mobile ticket app will be frozen or reduced to their 2017 price with the changes impacting most on tickets purchased on-bus and through PayPoint. First Aberdeen is urging customers to switch to mobile ticketing, for the best value fares available.

Purchasing a FirstWeek ticket, in advance, using the mTickets app will cost £15.50 but jumps to  £18 if purchased from the driver.

First Aberdeen is also reducing the price of some of its most popular multi-journey products such as the day, monthly or five single tickets package when purchased via the mTickets app.

The new First Bus Unlimited ticket also allows customers to pay a monthly direct debit for unlimited bus travel across their chosen network via the mTickets app to make regular bus travel more convenient than ever before.

First Aberdeen reports that sales of tickets via cashless methods, including mTickets and contactless, have more than doubled over the last year, and is now encouraging more customers to switch from cash to cashless payment methods, to help speed up boarding times.

The majority of student ticket prices have been frozen on the mTickets app to allow students to plan and budget for their travel during term time.

Graeme Macfarlan, Commercial Director at First Aberdeen, said: “We generally need to review our fares each year to ensure we meet the rising costs that we face as a business, but we have worked hard to keep any increases to a minimum with ticket prices last reviewed in April ‘17.

“Travel by First Aberdeen offers great value for money and we continue to offer a lower price for most tickets purchased via the First mTickets app, in comparison to tickets bought from the driver, so that we can encourage people to switch and speed up their boarding time. This allows us to improve access to purchase tickets on the go for the increasingly mobile savvy consumer.

“Our Aberdeen operation has seen a significant rise in ‘smart’ payments in recent months, with over 70 per cent of our customers now using a ‘cashless’ method. We are working hard to encourage more customers to convert to using mTickets or contactless, as this will have a further impact on reducing boarding times and will help us in the battle to speed up people’s journeys.”

For full details on the changes to First Aberdeen fares, please visit www.firstaberdeen.com

Sunday, 1 July 2018

New Members Required - Fact Sheet

The Community Council is always looking for new members.  Braeside and Mannofield Community Council can have up to 12 members on the Council.  We currently have 9.

Anyone who lives within the Community Council area and whose name is on the electoral roll can be nominated or can apply to become a Community Councillor.

There are also places for young people aged 16 and 17 years and other co-options are allowed.

Community Council Elections are held in October on a 3 year basis on dates, determined by a Returning Officer nominated by Aberdeen City Council.  The next election will be in October this year, 2018.

In addition to election, members can be co-opted to the council as the term of office progresses.

If you would like more information on what the Community Council is all about, what it does, being a Community Councillor in Braeside and Mannofield entails or how to become a member, we have compiled a fact sheet which is available at a number of community locations including Airyhall Library and Airyhall Community Centre.

You can also view or download the Fact Sheet by clicking here

Full details on the nomination and voting process can be found within Section 5 of the “Aberdeen City Council Scheme of Establishment for Community Councils”

Click here to view the Community Council Scheme for Establishment


Beware of Scammers

At the last meeting of the Community Council, Sergent Lewis Dalby of Police Scotland reported on a disturbing "scam" that is currently being used by fraudsters through which criminals have netted about £1.2 million from residents in the North-east of Scotland.

These cases involved the scammers pretending to be from the victim’s bank. They said they were investigating fraudulent activity by staff within the organisation and asked the account holder to move money into foreign accounts for safe-keeping.

They asked the victims not to report the call for fear of ruining an internal investigation. The fraudsters also induced the victims to attend their own bank or building society personally to transfer the money abroad, providing the cover story that it is for some form of international investment.

Sergeant Lewis Dalby said: “Banks will never make phone calls like this asking you to move money, in particular into a foreign account.  Anyone receiving such a call should hang up and call police immediately. Banks will also never ask you to personally attend your local branch and make a transaction to a safe account.”

Anyone with concerns about scams should contact the police on 101.

Minutes of Meeting - 26 June 2018

The Minutes of the Community Council meeting held on Tuesday 26 June 2018 can be viewed by clicking here or by accessing through the Document Archive on the right. 

There will be no meeting of the Community Council in July, the next meeting being scheduled for Tuesday 28 August in the Gordon Room at Mannofield Church at 7pm.

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

All Welcome

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

General Data Protection Regulation

To comply with the terms of the General Data Protection Regulation, Braeside and Mannofield Community Council have compiled and issued a Data Privacy Notice.

The privacy notice sets out what data we collect, how we collect it, why we collect it and what we do with it.

The privacy notice also gives information about your rights of access and how to let us know if the data we hold is inaccurate or if you want it deleted from our records.

To view or download the Data Privacy Notice please click here

More Information on The Right to be Informed and privacy notices is available on the ICO’s pages at: ICO Guidance: The Right to be Informed

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Busy Times!

Members recently reviewed our achievements over the past three years. The Community Council was re-established in October 2015 after a period of inactivity. Since then, the Community Council has been active on a number of fronts:

Roads Issues – 
  • The Community Council has raised issues with the City Council and Police Scotland regarding speeding in Craigton Road, exploring speed limits, speed gateways and more rigorous speeding enforcement
  • Placement of Speed Indication Device in Craigton Road
  • Persuading Aberdeen City Council Roads Dept to review the need for a crossing at Great Western Road at TESCO
  • Seeking a review of bus turning capability at Craigton Road/Springfield Road
  • Requesting an extension of speed limit in North Deeside Road at Northcote Road.

Environmental Issues – 
  • Pursued the renewal and replacement of roadside trees in the area
  • Raised issues about dog fouling with Environmental Health
  • Provided flower boxes at the Airyhall Library
  • Made representations regarding the retention of phone kiosks
  • Commented on a number of planning issues in the area
  • Established a web presence with local information and updates
  • Represent the community on the West Locality Leadership Group
  • Work with local councillors and Police Scotland to improve our locality

Bus Services – 
  • Active in pursuing provision of bus services in Airyhall 
  • Instrumental in the provision of evening bus service in Airyhall
  • Raising issues with First Aberdeen regarding 15 and 19 bus service

Funding Initiatives - 
  • Provision of a public bench in Springfield Road
  • Assisted a local initiative of flower planting 
  • Sponsored a Chair at the Mannofield Church
  • Assisting local care homes with Christmas celebrations
  • Making a donation to the work of the friends of Johnston Gardens
  • Provide Shoe ice grippers to vulnerable members of the community
  • Assisted the local scout group in purchase of essential scouting equipment
  • Assisted in the formation of a Community Choir

Next Meeting - 26 June 2018

The next meeting of the Community Council, will be held on Tuesday 26 June 2018.

The meeting, which will begin at 7pm prompt, will be held in the Gordon Room at Mannofield Parish Church, Great Western Road. 

Access to the Church is by the Countesswells Road entrance.

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

ALL WELCOME

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Police Report - May 2018

This months report from the local Community Policing Team:

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

Other calls of an antisocial nature relate primarily to the use off-road motor cycles, Operation Armour our divisional response relies heavily on community intelligence if you see something let us know.

There has been 1 minor assault which was detected. There were 2 instances of vandalism reported, both where the sides of vehicles were scratched in the Morningside Road area these are currently undetected but enquiries are continuing.

Acquisitive Crime:
There have been 3 housebreakings with intent to steal where shed locks were overcome but nothing taken enquiries are ongoing and one housebreaking to a garage as part of a series in the Cults area this are likely to be detected shortly.

Road Safety & Road Crime:
In response to your requests Officers will be taking a robust approach balancing education with enforcement to ensure the relatively small minority who are responsible for committing offences and antisocial behaviour with vehicles are held accountable for their actions. We will be working with partners and making use of antisocial behaviour legislation. Residents in the areas affected by antisocial driving are encouraged to contact Police on 101 at the time to report incidents in order for us to take positive action. 

We will continue to address local speeding issues and support our local schools in ensuring the safety of YOUR children with operations around our local Primary's to educate irresponsible and selfish parents, in addition to deterring inappropriate driving on Craigton Road officers conducting the checks in this area came across a vehicle without insurance.

We would also remind some of our Adults that whilst for them riding a cycle on the pavement is not allowed for children doing their paper rounds it is OK.

Community Engagement & Reassurance
Following on from uur LOCK YOUR DOORS message last month you may have seen an article in the local paper in which we attended addresses in YOUR area and checked House and Car doors, we found over 25% of them to be insecure this is a significant number (if you have locked your doors one of your neighbours has not). We hope we can count on your assistance in getting the message out for people in your street to LOCK YOUR DOORS.

We want to address ALL the local issues, but rightly need to place a significant emphasis and resources on acquisitive crime. The majority of those stealing from us don’t live in our area, so if in the middle of the night you think something just isn't right, trust your judgement and give us a call right away, either as an emergency on 999 or to the Service Centre on 101.

Over the last month there have been instances of both attempted and successful VISHING frauds within the CPT area. Remember no matter how plausible the "security alert on your account" it may seem or convincing "the police officer/bank manager/security expert" may be, YOUR BANK WILL NEVER CONTACT YOU OVER THE PHONE AND ASK YOU TO TRANSFER MONEY BETWEEN ACCOUNTS.

Please look here and ensure your senior or perhaps less tech savvy community members are aware:

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

National Campaigns
Door step crime increases with the lighter nights this time of year, often in the guise of Bogus workmen. They pray on the elderly and other vulnerable groups in our community. Please take a moment to have a look and pass the message on to anyone you think could be at risk:
http://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/home-and-personal-property/secure-your-home 

If someone you know is suddenly getting work done in their property that they have never mentioned, ask them about it, if it seems suspicious contact either ourselves or our partners within Aberdeen City Council Trading Standards:

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

Follow us on Twitter @NorthEPolice #WestEndCPT

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

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Minutes of Meeting - 22 May 2018

The Community Council minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 22 May 2018 can be viewed by clicking here or by accessing through the Document Archive on the right. 

The next meeting of the Community Council will be held in the Gordon Room at Mannofield Church at 7pm on Tuesday 26 June 2018.

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

All Welcome

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

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

City Home Helpers

Bon Accord Care is a local authority trading company, set up in August 2013, to provide personalised services to meet individual needs. These services are delivered on behalf of Aberdeen City Council.

They provide care, reablement, occupational therapy and learning and development services to support the residents of Aberdeen City.

Bon Accord Care focus on Older People Health & Social Care services, providing support and encouragement to enable older people to live as independently as possible, today and in the future.


They work with key partners Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeen Health & Social Care partnership to deliver a range of services, in support of the individual, their family and carers.

One of their services, for example, called City Home Helpers, provides a range of services for older adults and people with disability so they can continue living in their own home and remain connected to their community for longer. These services range from domestic chores (cleaning, hoovering), to shopping, companionship and social support. They endeavour to deliver a service to suit the individual.

All the services can be seen by visiting Bon Accord Care website on http://www.bonaccordcare.org/

Callers at your Door

 Police Scotland have issued the following information on rogue traders that travel from door to door.  There is a lot of good advice to stop you becoming a victim.
Anyone can be a victim of a bogus caller or rogue trader – so don’t let your doorstep be their marketplace. That’s the message to every single homeowner and tenant in Scotland as Police Scotland launches a campaign to raise awareness under Operation Monarda.

Between April and September 2017, 336 victims of doorstep crime were defrauded out of around £420,000. While most victims were considered vulnerable in some way (54%), or were of pensionable age (79%), a significant proportion were outwith these groups which are traditionally targeted by such offenders.
Bogus callers will visit a property claiming to be from perhaps a utility company or a charity in order to gain access and steal from within.

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

During the campaign Police Officers across Scotland will be running events and stalls to speak to the public at key locations such as banks, garden centres and supermarkets, as well as events giving advice to partner organisations and their clients such as care providers, groups that support those with dementia, and Citizens Advice Scotland.

In the north-east stalls can be found at:

Tuesday 22 May, 10am-1pm at Tesco, Harlaw Road, Inverurie

Tuesday 22 May, 10am-1pm at The Spotty Bag Shop, Old Market Place, Banff

Thursday 24 May, 10am-1pm at Tesco, Rousay Drive, Aberdeen

Thursday 24 May, 10am-1pm at Asda, Muirend Road, Portlethen

Friday 25 May, 10am-1pm at Sainsbury's, Berryden Road, Aberdeen.

For more information on Doorstep Crime please CLICK HERE to be taken to the Police Scotland website.

Battle of the Badges - 30 June 2018

Every year the Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital cares for more than 100,000 sick children. The ARCHIE Foundation is the hospital's official charity and makes a difference for these sick children and their families. 

Providing amazing environments, cutting edge equipment, advanced staff training, extensive family support and, of course, lots of toys - the charity transforms the healthcare of every local child when they are in hospital.

Fundraising events not only help gather vital funds for the charity's work but also raise awareness of the support the charity provides to the local community.

This year, the ARCHIE Foundation are organising a charity football match between Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Police Scotland, called ’'Battle of the Badges”.  The event will be held at Balmoral Stadium on Saturday 30 June 2018 with tickets costing £10.  The tickets are available through battleofthebadges.co.uk or by calling 01224 559559

Why not go along, enjoy the football and support a worthwhile charity?

Monday, 14 May 2018

Police Report - April 2018

The local Community Policing Team of Police Scotland have responded to our request to provide information that is more pertinent to our locality.  They have responded and the style of reporting has changed.  We will no longer be provided with crime statistics rather we will be given contextualised information that will allow us to assist our policing team in preventing and reducing crime or to solve crime after it happens.
This months report follows:

BRAESIDE & MANNOFIELD Community Council Report

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

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

Community Policing Priorities
Antisocial behaviour, Violence and Disorder:There continues to be a decrease in the amount of Antisocial Behaviour calls within area, those reported mostly relate to late night revellers returning home and the antisocial use of motorcycles predominantly along A93 and Craigton road leading out of the City. 

There have been no Assaults this reporting period. 

There were 2 instances of Vandalism reported, both where windows of vehicles were broken 2 but not in circumstances which would suggest a Theft.

Acquisitive Crime:
There have been 2 Thefts in the area, enquiries are ongoing and we would ask you to check your sheds and garages are locked and the valuable items within are secured, enquiries are still ongoing into these crimes. There have been no reported Housebreakings in the area.

Road Safety & Road Crime:
In response to your requests Officers will be taking a robust approach balancing education with enforcement to ensure the relatively small minority who are responsible for committing offences and antisocial behaviour with vehicles are held accountable for their actions. We will be working with partners and making use of antisocial behaviour legislation. Residents in the areas affected by antisocial driving are encouraged to contact Police on 101 at the time to report incidents in order for us to take positive action.

We will continue to address local speeding issues and support our local schools in
ensuring the safety of YOUR children with operations around our local Primary's to
educate irresponsible and selfish parents, I'm sure you know who they are!

Community Engagement & Reassurance
I am certain you are tired of me saying LOCK YOUR DOORS month in month out and at every meeting, however if there is one thing YOU can do to reduce crime in YOUR community its circulating the message to LOCK THEIR DOORS. Don’t get me wrong the others are important but when you get up to find that your car is missing because someone left the front door open and the keys hanging up beside it you will rightly expect ALL our local resources to be deployed to help you.

We want to address ALL the local issues, but need to place a significant emphasis on acquisitive crime. The majority of those stealing from us don’t live in our area, so if in the middle of the night you think something just isn't right, trust your judgement and give us a call right away, either as an emergency on 999 or to the Service Centre on 101.

Over the last month there has been an increase in people reporting door to door salesmen, invariably offenders wanting to sell you something from the doorstep these people need to have a peddlers licence even then we would like to know about them via 101 as on occasion this has been a method of  "distraction" theft.

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

You can help us in being able to take local action on behalf of local people. We would like to take this opportunity to express our thanks for the overwhelming support our feedback plans have received. We will continue to feed back to the individual Community Councils the specific points they have raised.

National Campaigns
We all think we are too savvy to be taken in by fraudsters, that’s why they choose to pray on the elderly and other vulnerable groups. Please take a moment to have a look and pass the message on to anyone you think could be at risk. We cannot over emphasize the importance of ensuring our seniors are aware of the advice contained below, every month we hear of instances when this knowledge would have saved someone becoming a victim of this type of fraud and often loosing
substantial sums of money. Please share this advice with everyone
https://takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/


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

Follow us on Twitter @NorthEPolice #WestEndCPT


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