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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Items in Stop Press which are now out of date may still be viewed here.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 is on Thursday 27 February 2020 at 7.00pm, at the Deeside Christian Fellowship church cafe, Binghill Drive, Milltimber AB13 0JE

MBC News (Edition 186) will be delivered early February.  Edition 185 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.

A944 Active Travel Study

Nestrans, working with Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and Sustrans have commissioned a study to explore options for upgrading the active travel route on the A944 between Westhill and Kingswells. The study is being progressed in line with national, regional and local policy objectives to increase levels of active travel and reduce private car journeys.

AECOM has been commissioned to undertake this study.

Gathering views from the public is an essential element of the study and we are keen for you to provide comments via this Placecheck tool. The tool gives you the opportunity to detail what you like about the route, what you don’t like and what you would like to see improved to enhance active travel opportunities between Westhill and Kingswells.
The tool can be found at:

You will see a good number of comments have been "placed" along the A944 road

Comments offered on the Placecheck tool may be used in the final reporting for this project. While all comments and contributors are publicly visible on the Placecheck tool, names of contributors will not be used in final reports. This tool will be available until Friday 14 February 2020.

The comments that you provide will only be used by Nestrans, Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, Sustrans and AECOM to inform the development of this project. The personal data you provide when you register with this project-specific Placecheck tool (name and e-mail address) will only be used for the purposes of this Placecheck exercise.

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

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.

Preparation For Winter - Pavements and Roads.

Don't forget - if you think you could make use of a salt and grit bag in your local area for de-icing nearby streets, put in an order to the City Council before 1 November 2019. See the details on the Aberdeen City Council Facebook page and website. Apply for a community one-tonne salt bag at before 1 November!
Terms and conditions apply including you must have a secure location on your property such as a driveway or garden to store the bag (with 1.5m of space needed), and access for our delivery lorry (a minimum of 3m wide with a suitable surface that will take the weight of the lorry).
Before we deliver the bag, we need to check that the drop-off location and the storage space available are suitable. We cannot drop off the salt bags on footpaths, roads, or grassy areas.

Community Resilience Plan

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

Binghill House, Milltimber Development  - We Would Like Your Views.

The owners of Binghill House and farm in Milltimber are proposing to develop the site into a high quality retirement community. The development would include a care home and a mix of housing including flats, cottages and bungalows as well as some mainstream housing on Binghill Farm, just over 100 properties altogether. There would also be some community facilities like a café, shop and gym/spa. A public exhibition was held on 20 June and the information from that presentation can be found by clicking on this link. The Community Council would be interested to hear your views about the proposed development and these can be sent to us at

Update 4 Sept 2019: The developers have advised us that having reviewed the feedback from the public and the Community Council they now propose to limit their development to Binghill House and grounds and to remove the adjacent farmland from the scheme. We look forward to an early meeting with them to discuss their revised ideas

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