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A few things of current importance.                                                         Go straight to website

The Cults, Bieldside and Milltimber Community Council welcome you to our community website.

Items in Stop Press which are now out of date may still be viewed here.

The next Community Council meeting  on Thursday 26 March 2020 at 7.00pm, has been CANCELLED  due to Coronavirus restrictions. It is expected that the April and May meetings will also not be able to proceed. Residents are invited to submit questions and concerns about local issues to the Community Council at

MBC News (Edition 186) was delivered early February.  Edition 186 together with the two  previous editions,  may be viewed here.  Copy Deadline for the following edition of MBC News (Edition 187) is 1st April 2020 for distribution in May 2020.   Editorial content for this issue should be relevant for reading in mid May thru to end of July 2020 and beyond. We still plan to go ahead with this edition assuming the printing company is working.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Community Help Scheme

Helping people at increased risk

We know that many people are providing ad hoc support to friends and neighbours.  Please continue to do this; it is so important.  As a community council, we want to provide a support mechanism both to identify people who may fall in to the gaps and to ensure that everyone at increased risk is known and monitored.

Registering as a person at increased risk

Please use the form you find here: [].

You can also access the form on This is the site of our neighbouring CC but all information related to the CBM area will be handled by the CBMCC Coronavirus Help Group.

Make sure there is a little padlock to the left of the address.  This ensures secure access.

If you do not have a computer or smartphone or have difficulty finding the form you can either:

- Phone 01224 869028.

There may be an answering machine but can also try the mobile phone back up 07736232119

- Ask someone you trust to do it for you.  This person will also have to record their own details.

When we first make contact we will confirm all these details.

If you know someone who may be at increased risk, please contact them to explain this scheme and ask if they would like to register.  You can then record the details on their behalf.

Next steps

The immediate need is to compile these registers, with appropriate safeguards in place.  The initial monitoring will take the form of a daily phone call from one of our volunteers.  The security word (password) used to register will be very important, as the volunteers will use this to confirm that the call is genuine.  If you receive a call from a stranger claiming to be from the Coronavirus Help Group and they do not use the password, please hang up.

On the first call by a volunteer to the resident, they will introduce themselves and quote the agreed password. They will then verify the details on the form. On every subsequent call they must quote the password to validate they are genuine.


Thanks for the great response to the request for volunteers to help those isolating due to the Coronavirus infection (see item above). Many people have registered as volunteers in the past days. Thank you for doing this. If there are any more who want to offer their help please contact the following depending on your location:

Residents in Cults - Guus Glass at

Residents in Bieldside - Peter Roberts at

Residents in Milltimber - Colin Morsley at

Coronavirus COVID-19 - Aberdeen City Council Operations

The UK and Scottish Governments have announced restrictions on the movement of people. The information on the Aberdeen City Council page is being updated accordingly and you can find guidance on how council services are impacted by using this link.
General information
For the latest Scottish Government update, see Coronavirus in Scotland
For general information about COVID-19, visit NHS Inform using the link. If you think that you or someone you know might have COVID-19, visit the NHS self help guide

Emergency helpline
Aberdeen City Council has launched a free emergency telephone helpline to prioritise support to its most vulnerable and at-risk customers during the coronavirus outbreak.

The number, 0800 0304 713, will be staffed from 8am-6pm Monday to Friday from Tuesday 24 March until further notice. It is for those hit hardest and unable to obtain help from their existing support networks.

The team are ready to provide welfare and financial advice and support, including what to do if you are struggling to get food or pay bills.

Council services
In response to the latest government advice on the coronavirus, Aberdeen City Council has taken a number of steps to prevent further spread of the virus; protect employee and public health; and to ensure we can continue to deliver public services, especially to those who need us most. Find out more at the Aberdeen City Council website using this link

Information is being shared regularly and here are some recent information releases which you read by clicking the link:

Changes to waste and recycling schemes - the collection of recycling and garden waste is suspended temporarily.

Emergency telephone line contact information

Housing/sheltered housing/homelessness welfare financial information

The Grampian Local Resilience Partnership (GLRP) has agreed to the establishment of a Humanitarian Assistance Centre (HAC) to deliver Care for People and Community Resilience under one banner.

Cults Medical Group Geared up for Coronavirus

The Cults Medical Practice set up has been changed substantially to cope with Covid-19 infections. Patients suspected to be affected by the virus will be attended to in a completely segregated section of the surgery. This has also resulted in a change in the appointment system. CMG will now be operating a full triage system for all appointments. People should NOT attend the practice unless they have been specifically instructed to do so by a clinician. This will make it possible for the Health professionals to deal with both Covid patients and people with other health issues in a safe and efficient way. Please be understanding

You can see a video from Dr. McKeown here, where he offers his appreciation for the understanding of the new system by patients

Community Council Meetings CANCELLED

Following the advice of the UK and Scottish Governments to reduce non-essential social contact and avoid public gatherings while the Coronavirus illness spreads, the Cults, Bieldside and Milltimber Community Council have decided to cancel the meeting scheduled for 26 March. We will advise residents as to whether the April meeting will also be cancelled as we get nearer the date and more is known about the impact the Coronavirus infection is having in the area.

The Community Council will continue to function and deal with matters as they are brought to our attention, working through email and telephone communications. Any residents with questions or concerns on community matters can get in touch with us as usual by email at and through the other contact details published in the MBC News. You can also keep up to date through information published on our Facebook page ( and website (

We hope you understand the reasons for this action and thank you for your support.

Climate Change Week Walk CANCELLED

The organised walk with talks scheduled for 29 March will now not go ahead. The walk is possible to do, unsupervised or accompanied, by individuals, covid-19 restrictions allowing,  and the route may be viewed here.

Energy Efficient Scotland Consultation 2020

This is an important Scottish Government Consultation which you should be aware of and hopefully respond to. If you own your own home, it is likely the proposed legislation will impact on you.

Scottish ministers announced in June 2015 that they would take longer term action to reduce building energy demand and decarbonise the heat supply, designating energy efficiency as a National Infrastructure Priority.. The vision is that by 2040, our homes and buildings are warmer, greener and more efficient. Currently there are around 2.5 million homes in Scotland, of which around 60% are owner occupied - the remainder are rented properties. It is estimated that less than 40% of owner occupied homes (i.e. 40% of the 60%) are at Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) level C or better.

In a 2018 Energy Efficiency consultation, the Scottish Government were proposing that all homes must reach an EPC Energy Efficiency rating of at least Band C by 2040, where technically feasible and cost effective. A voluntary adoption of the standard would apply up to 2030 and thereafter it would be a mandatory requirement with financial penalties for non-compliance.

In the current 2020 consultation, which runs until 26 March 2020, see link:…/energy-efficient-scotland-owner…/
the proposed approach has been modified with an accelerated set of target dates. More details are given about how an EPC assessment would be managed and how some of the other elements of the scheme would operate. For private rented sector properties, landlords are to ensure their properties meet EPC Level E by March 2022 and after that all new tenancies must meet EPC Level D, with all tenancies to be at that level by March 2025.
For owner occupied housing, the Scottish Government are proposing a legally binding standard to be applicable from 2024 onward vs. 2030 in the earlier consultation. The standard is to be EPC Energy Efficiency Rating of Level C, where it is technically feasible and cost effective to do so. From 2024 the standard of EPC Level C would need to be met when a trigger point was reached - the trigger point is either the sale of the property or the initiation of a major renovation (where the cost of the renovation is higher that 25% of the value of the building excluding the cost of the land or more than 25% of the surface of the building envelope undergoes renovation).
At this point, they are not proposing a backstop date to cover properties which have not been caught by the trigger points by a certain date but that may be considered in the future. The consultation also puts forward the proposal of civil fines as a penalty for failing to bring the house up to the required EPC level.
Please give the consultation some thought and let your views be known.

Friarsfield Cults Phase 3 Development

A new planning application for the Friarsfield development in Cults has been submitted by CALA. This one is for the third and final phase of the development as established in the Aberdeen City Local Development Plan. The Community Council will be reviewing the application 200171/DPP | Residential development of 82 dwellings with associated access, parking, landscaping and associated works, off Kirk Brae (Land To North Of) Cults, Aberdeen and we would be interested in hearing any comments residents of our area may have on the proposed development. You can email comments to

See Recent Planning Applications for more info, link at bottom of page

Milltimber South Development

Here is some news which may please many of our residents in Cults, Bieldside and Milltimber - especially Milltimber. The Aberdeen City Council approved the proposed Local Development Plan for the City which, once it has gone through the normal consultation and review processes, should come into effect in 2022. The proposed plan includes the decision to remove Development Opportunity Site OP114 from the plan; this site is the land proposed for the Milltimber South development south of the North Deeside Road.
Before you crack open the champagne, there are likely to be some challenges to the decision and it is only the proposed plan. There is a current Local Development Plan, issued in 2017, which includes the development site following the intervention of the Scottish Reporter. However it is a positive step towards retaining the green fields.
The public will be given the opportunity to comment on the proposed plan in the near future.

City Council Decision:
(i) approves the Aberdeen Local Development Plan and Delivery Programme subject to the following changes as per the attached maps:

a) Remove Berryhill from OP2 Cloverhill and Berryhill and reduce the allocation to 550 houses;

b) Rezone Berryhill from Residential to Business and Industry and identify as OP45 Berryhill (for Business and Industrial uses);

c) Remove OP114 Milltimber South (60 houses) and re-zone from Mixed Use to Green Belt and Green Space Network;

From Aberdeen City Health and Social Care Partnership: Citizens invited to shape future of city's health and social care services
The city’s Health & Social Care Partnership is setting up three new Locality Empowerment Groups across the city, which will play a key role in reshaping services and support networks within communities.

Locality Empowerment Groups will be made up of people in the locality who access services themselves or for someone they support.

Each group will, over time, work closely with the local area’s operational delivery team, which is made up of the health and social care practitioners who deliver services and supports.

Aberdeen North, South and Central will each have its own group – led by local people to help ensure health and social care services meet the needs of local populations. The Cults, Bieldside and Milltimber residents are part of the South Locality.

If you live in Aberdeen and are interested in joining your local group then visit this website:


Or email:

By 21 February 2020.

Also a request for people who have experienced transplant surgery - from National Services Scotland (NSS): Transplant Strategy
National Services Scotland has asked if we could share a questionnaire that they and the Scottish Government have developed. This relates to the 2020-25 Transplantation Strategy.
They are asking people who have received a transplant to complete the questionnaire, or to complete it on behalf of a child. It asks about aspects of care, before and after treatment. The feedback will be used to help to improve transplant services in Scotland. The closing date is the 28 February.


Living with Type 2 Diabetes

Do you have or know someone living with Type 2 Diabetes? Cults and Peterculter diabetes peer support group launches on Wednesday, 15th January (4-6pm).

This will be an informal environment where information, advice and support on managing diabetes will be available. The location will be - Coronation Court, Peterculter, AB14 0SH  See the poster HERE

To secure a place please contact:


Telephone: 01224 551661

You can also sign up through the eventbrite link here, anyone interested can contact

The Aberdeen City Health & Social Care Partnership issued its "West Locality Plan (2017 - 2019)" some time ago but it is still valid.  It may be viewed here. Following a decision to move to three Localities, our area will now be part of the South Locality and the West Locality will no longer exist.


Proposal of Application Notice  Land South of North Deeside Road, Milltimber
Major Residential and Retail Development with Associated Infrastructure, Access, Landscaping, Drainage, SUDS and Open Space   Application Ref: 191605/PAN

I'm sure you are aware, Bancon Homes and Dr William Guilds Managers intend to apply for Planning Permission in Principle for Residential and Retail Development with Associated
Infrastructure, Access, Landscaping, Drainage, SUDS and Open Space on land South of North Deeside Road, Milltimber, Aberdeen. (Proposal of Application Notice: 191605/PAN).

As part of the pre-application consultation process for the proposed planning application the applicants intend to hold a follow-up public consultation event at the Deeside Christian
Fellowship Church, Binghill Drive, Milltimber, Aberdeen, AB13 0JE between 2pm and 7pm on Wednesday 4th December 2019.
Further details of the site and the proposal will be
displayed at the event, along with responses to feedback received at the first event.
Representatives of the applicants will be present in order to answer any questions that may arise.
Comments leaflets will be available at the event and comments on the proposal can be made at the event and/or in writing to Emac Planning, 109 Camphill Road, Broughty Ferry, Dundee DD5 2NE (tel: 07860 968006) or by e-mail to no later than Wednesday 18th December 2019.
Further information concerning the proposed development may also be obtained from Ewan Maclean, Emac Planning LLP, contact details as above.
Please note that all written representations on the pre-application consultation must be sent to the above address and NOT to Aberdeen City Council. Comments made to the prospective applicants agent are not representations to the Planning Authority. When the prospective applicants submit an application there will be an opportunity to make representations on that application to the Planning Authority.

Local Policing Plans and Policing Priorities – Aberdeen City

In April 2020, North East Division will be publishing our Local Policing Plans for each local authority area, Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray. These plans will be in effect from April 2020 through to March 2023 and will include details of the Policing priorities for each area and how they intend to deliver them in conjunction with partners.

In order to fully inform these plans, Police Scotland would welcome your opinion through completion of a very brief survey, the link to which is included below. Your opinion matters greatly to them and the short time it takes to complete the survey will contribute greatly to ensuring that Policing in your local area reflects the needs of our communities.

The survey will remain open until 31 December 2019.

Road Traffic Closures

Click here to see pending road closures in our area.

Safety and Security At Home and Out and About

Click here to see the latest safety and security advice from Police Scotland and The Neighbourhood Watch network.

Safety on the Old Deeside Line

Please click here to view the report of the events regarding Safety Events on the Old Deeside Line (ODL)


Donate to MBCBM - More Blooms In Cults, Bieldside and Milltimber

The Community Council is seeking funds to sustain its annual flower tubs and baskets programme. If you are considering a donation to MBCBM, the Community Council funded activity to bring plants and colour to our surroundings, please click here.

Community Resilience Plan

This has now been uploaded to the web,  click here.

Brown Bin Garden Waste Recycling Autumn 2019

The new garden waste collection service began on 1 September!
If you want a permit but haven’t bought one yet you can still do it on the Aberdeen City Council website.

In March 2019 Aberdeen City Councillors agreed a £30 charge for the collection of brown bins containing garden waste.
The City Council will write to every household with more details before the service starts in September.
Anyone who wants a garden waste collection should pay an annual subscription which will run from 1 September – 31 August each year.

If you choose to pay the £30 subscription fee you will be sent a tamper proof sticker (permit) to fix to your brown bin as proof of subscription. There will be instructions on the permit showing you how and where to attach it to your bin. The permit will be durable, tamper proof and will have your address on it. You can apply for two permits if you have two brown bins for the same £30 fee.

You will only need to pay the charge if you choose to use the garden waste service.

You will not have to pay the charge if you only use your brown bin for food waste. The City Council is required to provide a free food waste collection and that will continue.
More details and answers to questions can be found at the City Council webpage, click HERE:

Food Caddy Liners For Recycling May 2019

Online ordering of food caddy liners will cease on the 31st May 2019. From the 1st June free liners will only be available from distribution points throughout the city. There are currently 37 distribution points across the city. A map of sites is available using this link to the Aberdeen City website.…/request-bins-and-collect-…

Additional distribution points have been identified and will shortly be added to the map. The recycling team is working on increasing the number of distribution points further to improve accessibility and availability to the householder. The team would welcome any suggestions you may have for new outlets.

It is recognised that some residents may have difficulty accessing a distribution point and we have collaborated with the Home Library Service to continue deliver to these residents. For more information please visit:…/libr…/home-library-service

Residents can contact the Waste and Recycling Team by logging an enquiry at…/b…/waste-general-enquiries for advice and assistance.

The change will be communicated to the public via a press release, social media and the Council website.

Additional distribution points
• Home Library Service Airyhall Library Springfield Road Aberdeen AB15 7RF
• Inchgarth Community Centre Aboyne Pl, Aberdeen AB10 7DR
• Ferryhill Community Centre Albury Road, Aberdeen, AB11 6TN
• Books and Beans Café 22 Belmont Street, AB10 1JH
• CFINE 2-4 Poynernook Road, AB11 5RW
• Multi-Cultural Centre 472 George Street AB25 1ER

Community Council Submissions to  Aberdeen City Local Development Plan Main Issues Report

The Main Issues Report (MIR) has been published as part of the process in preparation for the 2022 Aberdeen Local Development Plan. It is designed to gather views on specific proposals and sets out options for dealing with the key planning matters facing Aberdeen over the next 20 years.

The MIR and associated documents were available for a 10-week public consultation which  ended on 13 May 2019.  The Cults, Bieldside and Milltimber Community Council has prepared a response to the issues and questions posed and you can read those by clicking the following link here.

We encourage residents to read our proposed response and contact the Community Council if you have any questions or additional comments, as well as submitting their own comments to ACC.
UPDATE: you can see the proposed Community Council position on each of the developer proposals in the document accessed through this link;
or this link to the excel spreadsheet

There will be a further opportunity to comment on the Proposed Plan when it is published in early 2020 but the MIR response is the key opportunity to shape the outcome of the plan.

New sections on Walks and Footpath Group have been uploaded.

Various walks that have been previously published in the MBCNews.  The walks may now be seen on line and may also be downloaded in printable form so that they may easily be reproduced for taking on a walk.   Details of the Footpath Group which inspired these walks may be seen here.

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The members of the Community Council and their primary responsibilities are;

Guus Glass - Chair, Health and Social Care, Resilience Planning
Peter Roberts - Vice Chair and Meetings Secretary, Facebook
Graham Payne - Treasurer, More Blooms in CBM, website, Twitter
Colin Morsley - Planning Liaison, Roads and Traffic
David Anstee - Public Transport
Eleanor Brennan - Diversity and Equality, MBC Festival
Colin Caldow - Heritage
Lindsay Davidson - Christmas Lights
Matthew Dickie - Newton Dee
Del Ellbec
Tane Moorhouse - Youth and Education
Tania Qadir
Jim Smith
Peter Smith - Footpath group, Community Plan
Christine Taylor - Planning support

Associate Member -Alistair Mckinnon

You can contact the Community Council at

Community Council Submissions to Aberdeen City and Shire Strategic Plan Main Issues and Aberdeen City Local Development Plan Main Issues

The Community Council has submitted comments on the Main Issues Report issued for the update of the Aberdeen City and Shire Strategic Plan and you can read those here.
The Community Council has also submitted comments for matters to be addressed within the Main Issues Report which is being prepared for the next update of the Aberdeen City Local Development Plan and you can read those here. The Main Issues Report is scheduled to be issued for public comment in January 2019.


Consultation on Safety on the Old Deeside Railway Line.

Your views, comments and ideas welcome.

The Cults Bieldside and Milltimber Community Council have  drafted a paper on safety issues pertaining to users of the Deeside Way,  the Old Deeside Railway Line and is keen to receive the comments of  residents, local organisations and businesses.  To view the paper click here.

 All comments  will be collated anonymously and acted upon as appropriate.  Your identity will not be disclosed.

Consultation on draft Community Plan,

Your views, comments and ideas welcome.

The Cults Bieldside and Milltimber Community Council have  drafted a local Community Plan  and is keen to receive the comments of  residents, local organisations and businesses.  To view the Plan click here.    The Community Plan may be downloaded here as a pdf file as can the Appendices.   A hard copy is available for consultation at Cults library.

You can respond  on-line under each section or by entering  your comments on a response sheet, which can also be downloaded here and returned by email to or by post to CBMCC at: 188 North Deeside Road, Milltimber, AB13 0HL. Copies of the response sheet are also available at Cults Library.

 All comments,  however received,  will be collated anonymously and acted upon as appropriate.  Your identity will not be disclosed.

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