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The next Community Council meeting is on Thursday 24 August at 7.00pm at the Community Room, Cults Community Centre, Quarry Road, Cults, AB15 9TP

The latest edition of MBC News (Edition 176) is ready for delivery and will be uploaded soon.  This and immediate previous editions may be viewed here.  Copy Deadline for the next edition of MBC News is 1st October for distribution in November 2017.   Editorial content for this issue should be relevant for reading in November thru to end of January 2018 and beyond.

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Review Of City Centre Car Parking

The opinions of people from across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire are being sought as part of a review of car parking in Aberdeen by the City Council - please see the details below. It is important your views are heard.

Resilience Plan - Your Input Is Requested.

The Community Council is developing a Resilience Plan for the communities in Cults, Bieldside and Milltimber. We have engaged the support of 4 Robert Gordons University Masters students to help develop the plan. They set up a short survey to gather information from the residents of the area and we are grateful for those who took a couple of minutes to submit their views.  The survey is now closed.

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 

AWPR – Meeting with the Scottish Transport Minister 30 January 2017

The long-promised meeting for local residents with the Transport Minister Humza Yousaf took place on 30th January 17.30-19.30 in the Sanctuary of Cults Kirk. The meeting was well attended. The Minister noted many of the issues raised and promised to investigate some of them.

 

CBM Community Christmas Lights Project

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There's nothing like the sparkle of Christmas lights to give our community an instant festive makeover.

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.

This winter season we had some new festive lights in Cults thanks to the generous donations of a few Cults businesses (see Project for details). The Community Council is hoping to expand the coverage of lights and would welcome some additional donations to make this happen. If you can help please get in touch with the Community Council.

Christmas Lights Project.

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Review Of City Centre Car Parking

The opinions of people from across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire are being sought as part of a review of car parking in Aberdeen by the City Council. It is important your views are heard.

The Strategic Car Parking Review is being held to examine how the existing car parking in the public and private sectors fits in with the region’s aims for the economy, people’s social and working lives, and our environment.

The Review will also look at how well the current provision of on and off-street parking fits with the City Council’s strategic transport and land use plans.

An Aberdeen City Council spokeswoman said: “We’d love to know what people like – and hate – about parking in the city whether you’re a resident or a visitor.

“The information gleaned from the survey will be used alongside other work for the Review which has already been carried out with community groups and stakeholders including the Disability Equity Partnership to find out their views on parking.”

The survey should not take more than 10 minutes to complete and the closing date is 28 July. There will be feedback on the survey results at a later date.

Anyone wanting to take part in the review can find it at the website address https://consultation.aberdeencity.gov.uk/…/strategic-car-pa….

Copies of the survey will also be available at libraries, community centres and the reception of Marischal College.

The Review is being funded by the City Centre Masterplan, which is a 25-year multi-million pound project designed to kick-start a public and private sector regeneration of the area.

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

Reminder from Aberdeen City Council Waste Management 

You should by now have received your new general waste bin.   You will also have received a leaflet explaining the changes made to your waste and recycling service. You should use your new bin straight away, and only this bin should be used for general waste. Your current bin will be stickered as your mixed recycling bin.
It may take up to 11 weeks to complete deliveries and you can find out more about this on the Council’s website.
Please start using your new collection calendar from 6th March even if you haven’t yet received your new bin.
www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/mixedrecycling
wasteandrecycling@aberdeencity.gov.uk
Tel. 03000 200 292
www.facebook.com/recycleforaberdeen

 

Petition to install permanent footbridge for Old Deeside Line across the AWPR.

This petition went to the Aberdeen City Council Petitions Committee on 9 June 2016, having received over 1600 signatures. The decisions arising from the Committee review can be found here.

Further to the petition raised by residents of Station Rd., supported by the Community Council and your local City Councillors, for the reconsideration of a dedicated pedestrian/cycle/horse bridge over the AWPR maintaining a direct path along the Deeside Way, the Scottish Government Economy Secretary, Keith Brown has said any meeting to discuss a footbridge “would not be beneficial”. The Project team have stated that regardless of any discussions, a pedestrian bridge would not be constructed before the road opens.

Consultations - City Centre Use

Savills have been instructed by Aberdeen City Council, as part of the implementation of the city centre master plan, to identify steps which the City Council can take to make the city centre a more attractive place to live and spend time.

Your opinions are very important and therefore the City Council were hoping that you could complete and share the survey, link below.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/acc_resi_strat

 

Consultation - Travelling around Aberdeen after the AWPR opens.

Aberdeen City Council is looking at how traffic and how people will move around Aberdeen after the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) opens, and how people also use the city at the moment.

The AWPR will make a big difference to journey times going across and around Aberdeen as vehicles will be subject to dual carriageway national speed limits, as compared to the 40/30/20mph limits in the city.

Aberdeen City Council is considering splitting the city into zones and traffic will be directed into those zones. This means there will be less cross-city centre journeys and less congestion in the city centre, and it also fits into what the public told us they wanted and what was agreed as part of the City Centre Masterplan,which was to have a 20% reduction of traffic in the city centre. A further benefit of less traffic in the city will be an improvement to air quality.

The AWPR will also lead to opportunities to build more cycle lanes and walking-friendly pavements around the city, as there will be less traffic which will make walking and cycling much more attractive. A key transport objective of the City Centre Masterplan is to make the city centre streets safer and more attractive, by re-routing car and lorry movements to make it easier to walk, to cycle, and to travel on buses. This also links into the Aberdeen City Council Cross City Connections Transport Study which is examining transport connections between new and existing areas of development on the periphery of Aberdeen and in areas of Aberdeenshire close to the city.

In summary, Aberdeen City Council would like to know how you move around the city just now, and how you anticipate moving around the city after the AWPR opens. Your thoughts on how travel methods should be improved would be appreciated.

Online survey which closes on 31 March can be found at;

https://consultation.aberdeencity.gov.uk/…/consultat…/intro/

Consultations - Future of the Scottish planning system

Scottish Government has launched a digital consultation on the plans for the future of the Scottish planning system. The consultation seeks the views of the people of Scotland.

In 2015 Ministers commissioned an independent panel to undertake a review of the planning system. This consultation builds on the work of the Independent Panel, the Scottish Government and stakeholders. It presents proposals for change and provides an opportunity for people to help shape the future of the planning system in Scotland.

Following completion of the consultation period analysis of the responses will be undertaken and published within 12 weeks of the consultation closing. The analysis will help inform the drafting and production of a draft Planning Bill which is to be introduced to Parliament in Year 2 of the Parliamentary Programme.

More information, including how to get involved in the consultation, can be found at https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/…/a-consultation-on-the-fu…/

Your views are important. The consultation will close on 4 April 2017.