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The next Community Council meeting is on Thursday 25 January 2018 at 7.00pm at the Community Room, Cults Community Centre

The next edition of MBC News (Edition 177) is ready and is out for delivery.  Previous editions may be viewed here.  Copy Deadline for the following edition of MBC News (Edition 178) is 7th January for distribution in February 2018.   Editorial content for this issue should be relevant for reading in February thru to end of April 2018 and beyond.

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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
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
[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 – West Locality Plan

Draft plans for each of Aberdeen’s four health and social care localities are now out for public consultation and your views are sought. The plans seek to use views of the community to shape the work done and improve health and wellbeing locally. These plans are an initial step and ACC/NHS will continue to develop and evolve in terms of the groups and the plans for future years ahead. The consultation is an opportunity to share and involve wider networks in this process and would ask you all to share widely and engage feedback from this. See below link:…/locality-plan-consultat…/

The four documents are now out for public consultation until Tuesday 14th November 2017. All replies will be collated and the Locality Plans will then be amended in light of comments received, where appropriate. The final plans will be approved by the Integration Joint Board. Comments and questions can be emailed to marked ‘Draft Locality Plan Consultation’ or sent by post to Susie Downie, Aberdeen City Health and Social Care Partnership, Health and Care Village, Frederick Street, Aberdeen AB24 5HY.

Many thanks,

Susie Downie
Transformation Programme Manager
T. 01224 655737
M. 07876 137803

Police Scotland ‘Your View Counts’ Annual Survey

The Police Scotland ‘Your View Counts’ survey is up & running again and the Police would like to hear what your priorities are for policing locally and nationally.

Police Scotland ask that you take every opportunity to assist by highlighting the opportunity to those you come into contact with, encouraging them and their relatives, friends, etc. to take part.

Survey Monkey is the ideal portal for folk to have their view, and this can be accessed at

 by those with internet access.

Please complete our #YourViewCounts survey now & help shape policing in your community –

Thanks again for assisting with this.
Colin Taylor
Inspector, Partnerships & Events
Safer Communities North-East Division
Police Scotland
Keith Police Office

Road Traffic Closures

Click here to see pending road closures in our area.


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.
£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

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 – 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.


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.

Christmas Lights Project.      IMG_3964

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Aberdeen In Colour Survey

The opinions of people from across Aberdeen are being sought by Aberdeen City Council in their survey for “Aberdeen in Colour”, a City Centre Masterplan project that would use creative lighting to permanently showcase landmarks, civic spaces and the streetscape. They would very much like to hear from all residents.…/aberdeen-in-col…/

 It’s quite short – six main questions – and the closing date is Sunday, October 15

The Review is part of the work being done on 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.
Tel. 03000 200 292

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 – Aberdeen City Customer Contact

Aberdeen City Council is looking at the way they deliver services through their Customer Contact Centre. Currently you can contact them by telephone, in person or by using some online services. They want to know how you get in touch with other organisations, which ways of receiving services you prefer, and what your experiences have been. This will help them to shape their strategy for customer contact in future and make sure that their services are accessible, simple and delivered in a way that’s right for you.

This consultation should only take five minutes to complete. They really value your views, so please take the time to let them know what you think and ensure the council maintains your preferred access route! Remember to pass this on to friends, family, mailing lists and others who live or work in Aberdeen City and access council services. Consultation open until 31 December.

Click here to access the consultation:…/transforming-ou…/