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The next Community Council meeting is on Thursday 22 February 2018 at 7.00pm at the Cafe, Deeside Christian Fellowship Church, Binghill Drive, Milltimber

The next edition of MBC News (Edition 178) is ready and is coming out for delivery at the beginning of February.  Previous editions may be viewed here.  Copy Deadline for the following edition of MBC News (Edition 179) is 1st April for distribution in May 2018.   Editorial content for this issue should be relevant for reading in May thru to end of July 2018 and beyond.

Donate to MBCBM

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Are you interested in food growing and live or work in Aberdeen City?

If yes, then Aberdeen City Council is keen to hear from you. Aberdeen City Council is working with multiple organisations to develop a Food Growing Strategy and we would like your input to tell us why, where and how you are growing, or would like to grow, your own food.

Your views will help to shape the future of community growing across the area and will be used to inform future policy and initiatives. This survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. Please note Aberdeen City Council will process your information fairly and lawfully and in accordance with the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998.
The survey is about food growing in Aberdeen and is open to anyone who works and lives within the city to complete. The information from the survey will help inform development of food ideas and growing spaces within Aberdeen in the form of a Food Growing Strategy, being led by the Council. Click the link to take you to the survey which is open until 28 February.

https://consultation.aberdeencity.gov.uk/…/aberdeen-city-fo…

Thank you kindly for your support.
Miss Amy Gray MSc, EnvDipNEBOSH, MIEMA
Senior Sustainable Development Officer

The Public Consultation on the Review of Community Council Governance

Consultations – The Public Consultation on the Review of Community Council Governance including boundary change proposals is under way until 16 February 2018. The details can be found at the Consultation section on the Aberdeen City web site https://consultation.aberdeencity.gov.uk/
You are encouraged to read and respond to the Aberdeen City Council’s survey.
There are a few changes to the operations of Community Councils with the main item being the introduction of a complaints procedure, a process for removal of Community Councillors, the minimum age reduced to 16 and numbers of councillors on a Community Council. Our Community Council would be reduced from 18 to 16 members from Oct 2018, at the time of the next elections. It also addresses proposed boundary changes and people will be pleased to hear that the possible change to our western boundary, allocating the area west of the AWPR to Peterculter CC, has been dropped following the feedback we received after the last MBC News edition. We are still discussing a small addition to our area around the section at the western corner of Pitfodels Station Rd. and Inchgarth Rd., comprising 9 homes there; the section is currently under Garthdee CC and the CBM CC has discussed the change with them, which they now support.

Improve Your Computer Skills

Interested in growing your digital/computer skills? Why not come along to one of the free drop in sessions for help with
– Basic computing skills
– Email
– CV’s
– Using a tablet or eReader
 
Starting next week for 4 weeks, from 24 January to 15 February, there will be drop ins at 2 different town centre venues – on Wednesday and Thursday. They are free to people living or working in the city of Aberdeen. The venues are:
– Aberdeen Central Library (Media Centre) Wednesday 14:00 – 16:00
– Engage Gaming 26 North Silver St., Aberdeen Thursday 10:00 – 12:00
 
You do not need to book. If anyone has a specific thing they would like to know how to do or learn they can come along. If it takes longer than the event to learn or they have other digital things they would also like to learn I can set them up with a 1:1 volunteer who will help them. If they are not sure – they can come along anyway to one of the sessions and have a chat about what they are looking for.
 
Sarina Griffiths
sgriffiths@aberdeencity.gov.uk
[Digital Transformation Project]
IT & Transformation, Corporate Governance
Aberdeen City Council, Business Hub 17, 3rd Floor North
Marischal College, Broad Street, Aberdeen AB10 1AB
 
Tel: 01224 523922 (full direct dial phone number) or phone Central Library Media Centre 01224 652552

Aberdeen City Health & Social Care – Learning Disability Strategy

Aberdeen Health & Social Care Partnership Learning Disability Strategy – Consultation Now Open!

Our draft Learning Disability Strategy is now available to view and comment on as we enter into our formal consultation phase. A number of engagement events and discussions have already taken place in order to develop the draft strategy and now is your chance to view this draft document as well as make any comments.

The draft strategy is available here on the Aberdeen City Health & Social Care Partnership website, along with a link to our short consultation survey (hosted on survey monkey).
The Draft Strategy: http://www.aberdeencityhscp.scot/…/learning-disability-str…/

The Strategy Consultation: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LDConsultation

We want to ensure that as many people as possible have access to the draft strategy & to contribute their views via the consultation survey, please feel free to disseminate this information & links to your teams, colleagues, people you work with or support and relevant networks.

Our formal consultation runs until 13th February, and as well as the survey you can also contribute your thoughts and views by attending one of our drop in sessions:

Monday 12th February – 12.30 pm until 4.30 pm in Room Ground North 01, Marischal College, Broad Street

Tuesday 13th February – 2 pm until 4.30 pm in Room Ground North 01, Marischal College, Broad Street

If you are a visitor to Marsichal College please report to reception and advise you are attending the drop in session facilitated by Jenny Rae.

We will also be attending some local groups and events to discuss our strategy further and collate people’s views.

Jenny Rae
Principal Planning Officer
Aberdeen City Health & Social Care Partnership
Business Hub 8, 1st Floor North| Marischal College, Broad Street| Aberdeen | AB10 1AB
T 01224 523994 | M 07917559399
Email: JenRae@aberdeencity.gov.uk

 

Police Scotland Advice On Preventing Financial Fraud 

At Police Scotland we’re committed to tackling financial fraud and scams. That’s why we’re a proud supporter of Take Five to Stop Fraud – a national campaign that gives you simple advice on how you can stay safe from fraudsters. You can help by taking five to tell five. This week, we’d like everyone to spend five minutes to tell five people – your friends, family, neighbours – about how they can protect themselves from fraud and scams. That way we can spread the message far and wide

Why are we asking people to Take Five?

Criminals operate sophisticated scams that can catch out even savvy consumers. But, there is a simple way to protect yourself from fraud. This starts with taking five and remembering a simple memorable phrase: ‘My money? My info? I don’t think so’. If you’re at all unsure, don’t give out your details, click on a link or give anyone your money, or access to it.

Spotting common scams
– Requests to move money
A genuine bank or organisation will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, full password or to move money to another account. Only give out your personal or financial details to use a service that you have given your consent to, that you trust and that you are expecting to be contacted by.
– Clicking on dodgy links in emails or texts
Don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.
– Personal information
Always question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam. Instead of responding, contact the company directly using a known email or phone number.

Do you think you wouldn’t get caught out by a scammer? How about testing yourself? The ‘Too smart to be scammed?’ campaign quiz is a great way to test your financial fraud and see if you know how to spot scams. Send it to a friend to see who knows most!
However you get involved in Take Five this week, always remember – ‘My money? My info? I don’t think so!’

Bob McKinney,
Constable A8930
Crime Reduction Unit,
Police Scotland,
North East Division,
Nigg Police Office
230 Abbotswell Crescent, Nigg,
Aberdeen,
AB12 3JT,
Tel: 101

Road Traffic Closures

Click here to see pending road closures in our area.

 

NEW COMMUNITY BUS SERVICE

Aberdeen City Council Public Transport Unit will be launching an amended Community Transport Dial-a-Bus service on Monday 3rd July 2017 in the Lower Deeside area.

The amendment is providing a service in Lower Deeside Monday to Friday; at the present time the service only operates on a Monday and Thursday. This is following the decision to remove the council supported bus service 95 as of 31st March 2017.

The new service on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday will be to provide a local service only for passengers to access local amenities or to connect to the bus services on North Deeside Road:

The Service:
Operating Days: Monday to Friday
Operating Times: 10:15am – 14:15pm
This is a door to door service within the Lower Deeside area for those who are unable to use conventional bus services, the elderly and disabled. The vehicle will travel door to door and passengers will be assisted onto and off the buses where necessary. Our vehicles are fully wheelchair accessible.

Monday and Thursday (Lower Deeside to City Service):
There is no restriction on journey origin or destination within Lower Deeside, Garthdee and the City Centre. Requests for travel outwith this area will be subject to availability.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday (Lower Deeside Local Service):
The service will operate in the Lower Deeside local area only. There is no restriction on journey origin or destination within the Lower Deeside area, between Peterculter and Mannofield. Requests for travel outwith this area will be subject to availability.

Details for the new service are:
Bookings will be taken from 7 days in advance and journeys must be booked at least 24 hours before you travel.
The booking line is open 9:00am to 16:00pm Monday – Friday.
Booking Tel: 01224 523765
New users are required to complete a membership form when they first travel on our buses. No photo is required and there is no charge to join. If we need to alter your pick up time we will telephone you at least 24 hours before you travel. If for any unforeseen circumstances we are unable to operate the service we will endeavour to notify you of this as soon as possible.
We are asking that people travel within flexible times to allow as many people as possible to use the service. This service may not operate on certain public holidays, please contact the
booking line for further information.
Fares:
£3.50 single (£4.00 for single + carer);
£5.00 return (£5.50 for return + carer);
£20 Multi Journey Ticket – 10 pre-paid journeys.

Apologies for the delayed notification, but we have decided to launch the service quite quickly given we have increased staff resources following a period of vacancies and in order to avoid any further delay.

Kind regards,

Community Transport Team
Public Transport Unit
Communities, Housing and Infrastructure
Aberdeen City Council
Business Hub 4, Ground Floor North
Marischal College
Broad Street
Aberdeen, AB10 1AB

Direct Telephone: 01224 523765| Fax: 01224 523180 |Tel: 03000 200 292

Recently Submitted Planning Applications

Click here to see the recently submitted planning applications for the Cults, Bieldside and Milltimber area. If you want to bring any comments on an application, either objections or words of support, to the Community Councils’s attention please contact us at cbmcc@cbmcommunity.org.uk

 

CBM Community Christmas Lights Project – December 2017

We know that people like the sparkle of Christmas lights to give our community an instant festive makeover and thanks to our growing number of sponsors we now have many more lights in place throughout Cults, Bieldside and Milltimber.

The Community Council own a number of Christmas lights which light up the trees and shrubbery opposite the Cults Hotel. This makes for a wonderful festive backdrop for our annual community carol singing event.

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This year we had some more sponsors come forward allowing us to put festive lights in Cults, Bieldside and Milltimber. We say thanks to the generous donations of; Aberdeen Clinic, Bancon Homes, CALA, CDK Galbraith, the Davidson family, Esker Spirits, Kippie Lodge, Clr. Malik, Ross Thomson MP, Scott Gilmour Optometrists and several donors who wished to remain anonymous.  The Community Council is hoping to expand the coverage of lights even further and would welcome some additional donations to make this happen. If you can help please get in touch with the Community Council.

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Users of footpaths at Ladyhill Through to Foggieton Woods.
There have been instances of vandalism where barriers have been knocked down by people driving quad bikes and motorcycles along the paths. If you see anyone driving motorised vehicles along the paths or damaging barriers please, IF IT IS SAFE TO DO SO, take a picture with your phone and report the incident to the Police call 101 and the Forestry Commission at 0300 067 6200