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Aberdeen Cross City Transport Connections: Public Feedback on STAG Part 2 Study – Online Public Consultation 08th October to 30th November 18

Aberdeen City Council are holding a Public Consultation to be held to gather feedback on the potential public transport and active travel for Aberdeen Cross-City Connections. Nine public transport options, and a range of active travel connections are being considered as part of this study to examine transport connectivity to from the new/existing development sites and identify appropriate transport infrastructure and connectivity improvements.

As part of the Consultation, an online questionnaire will be open until 30th November 2018 (original date was 31 October, this has now been extended) where the public can record their views through a short online survey. Link to the online survey below:…/aberdeen-cross-c…

On the website you will find an engagement pack providing details of the consultation. This document will provide you the details of the identified options.

T. 01224 655737
M. 07876 137803

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

Request For Views On A Planning Application

The Community Council would like to hear the community's views on a current planning application which could impact the wider community. It is application 181224 Planning Permission In Principle for a residential led development for the retired/elderly with 95 apartments (including affordable housing for the over 50's), a 50 bedroom care home and approximately 500sqm of ancillary retail/community use, together with public open space and associated infrastructure including a link road capable of handling bus traffic joining the North Deeside Road to Inchgarth Road. Comprises: 53 apartments in 12 blocks, 16 x 2 bed semidetached units, 12 x 2 bed apartments, 14 amenity (affordable) apartments, 50 bed care home, 5 retail units. The development would be in the green space which sits between the North Deeside Road and Inchgarth Road just to the west of Pitfodels Station Road. (See attached photo.)

We would like to hear your views on the proposed development, in particular whether you would be against it or support it. There are many aspects to consider, positive and negative e.g. loss of green space, more development in our area, more choice of retirement homes for those downsizing, improved linkage between the North Deeside Road and Inchgarth Road. Full details of the application can be found on the Aberdeen City Council website under Planning Applications should you wish to review them. You can share your views by email to the Community Council at

The Community Council will be briefly discussing the application at the August monthly meeting which will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday 23 August in the Cults Community Centre, Quarry Road (swimming pool entrance). To avoid a lengthy discussion at that meeting, a separate opportunity for people to share their views directly with the Community Council will be arranged, either at the Cults Kirk Hub or Cults library - date and time to be arranged, details to follow.

Land at NDR Inchgarth Rd

Event In Aberdeen - Scams And How To Avoid Them                                                      
Police Scotland's Sergeant Steven Gillies will be speaking at an event aimed at the over-65s about scams and how to avoid them.
It takes place at Aberdeen Town House on Wednesday 12 September. If you would like to attend please email or telephone 01224 576791.

The Police Scotland website also has advice on how to keep safe from Identity Theft, Fraud and Scams. It can be accessed by clicking;

Camphill School Open Day, Milltimber

Camphill School on the Camphill estate, Milltimber are having an open day on Saturday 22 September from 2 - 5 p.m. There will be open classrooms, craft activities, therapy experience, children's activities, donkey rides, Culter Pipe Band and more - see photo.Camphill open day

Forestry Commission Survey on Woods In Our Area 

Forest Enterprise Scotland is Iooking at how they manage their woods round Aberdeen. They are doing some research to find out what people would like and they are hoping you would be able to complete a brief survey on use of the local woods. There is a brief description and a link below.

"Do you regularly visit any Forestry Commission Scotland Woods in the Aberdeen area? We have some great forest walks at Countesswells, Foggieton, Kirkhill and Tyrebagger. We are currently conducting some research as to how we could manage these forests better for our visitors. Please take some time to compete our survey:

Neil Taylor - Communities and Recreation Ranger
Forest Enterprise Scotland
Moray and Aberdeenshire Forest District
Portsoy Road
AB54 4SJ
07833 436676

Japan Day Aberdeen Organisers Looking For Volunteers

Japan Day Aberdeen 2018 is an exciting high profile event and you can get involved! It will take place on Sunday 9th September at Cults Academy, from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. The organisers are looking for volunteers to help make the day run smoothly.

A requirement we would expect from our volunteers will be to be available for the weekend of the 7th - 9th September, with the 9th being Japan Day. For the 7th , we are hoping to get access to the school late afternoon, from around 3.30pm onwards to start early prep of the venue if possible.
If not, then we have access to the school on the 8th and we require all volunteers to meet at 10.30am, the earlier we start, the earlier we finish.

On the 9th, we need volunteers to arrive at 8am latest for final prep before doors open at 10am, and we expect volunteers to stay behind after event closes at 5.30pm to return the place back to its original state. The quicker we take down, the faster we finish.

Between now and then, we have a few social planning meets which we hope you can attend to get a chance to know the team, make friends and get the latest updates on the planning around Japan Day. We can use some of these dates to join in the fun of doing some preparatory work for the event.

We are interested in hearing from anyone who has any relevant skills or knowledge in the areas of designing (photoshop/MS Publisher), social media marketing, events planning, administration, project management, public speaking, branding, secretarial, accounting, audio visual etc.

To find out more on who we are and the success we had in 2017, visit our official Facebook page: Japan Day Aberdeen Organisation @japandayaberdeenorganisation and our Twitter page: @JDayAberdeen.

If you are interested and would like to apply, please send us an email to: as soon as you can so we can pull the team together.


Aberdeen City Home Helpers

The Bon Accord Care based in the Inspire Building run a service called City Home Helpers which provides a range of services for older adults and people with disability so they can continue living in their own home and remain connected to their community for longer. These services range from domestic chores (cleaning, hoovering), to shopping, companionship and social support. They basically deliver a service to suit the individual.

 If you would like to know more about their services, how they operate and what they offer, have a look at the poster link below and they can be reached at:

Direct Dial: 01224 570441 |  Reception: 01224 570400

Email:  |

1st Floor, Inspire Building, Beach Boulevard, Aberdeen AB24 5HP

CHH PosterMay18

Community Paths Project 

Thanks to all who came along to work with Duncan from the Countryside Ranger Service on Saturday 16 June, 2018 to help improve drainage and cut back vegetation on the Cults Den path between Cults Hotel and Friarsfield Road. We achieved a great deal, trimming foliage and installing the new drainage gullies which hopefully will help improve the condition of the path during wet conditions. Also thanks to Christine and Sarah for the coffee, tea and fine cakes.

Our community benefited from the volunteer work we carried out last autumn on access paths onto the Deeside Way. Please help us to continue community path maintenance – consider donating to our path maintenance fund, used for purchasing materials. There is a collecting box for donations in Cults Library, where you can obtain a copy of our leaflet “Walks round Cults”.

For more information please get in touch with community councillors Christine Anderson, or Sarah Gordon,

Consultation on Local Policing May/June 2018

Police Scotland would very much like to hear from you. What is important to you in the matter of community policing?
Can I please ask that you share the below link with friends, family, constituents etc.…/local-policing-consultation/

This is your opportunity to tell the police service what is important in your community; they need your opinion to inform their policing policy.

Greatly appreciated.
Davie Cowie
T / Inspector
West End and Hazlehead Community Policing Teams

Police Scotland, North East Division, 20 Whinhill Road, Aberdeen, AB11 7XH

'Direct Dial 01224 305780 | Internal 65780 | ;


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 





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.


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Reminder from Aberdeen City Council Waste Management 

Aberdeen City Council have said that they will now start applying their agreed policy on brown bin collection, which is a maximum of 2 brown bins per household, from May 2018. If a household had more than two brown bins then they can keep the additional bins and use them for other purposes or the ACC can take them away.
Other issues raised:
 Greenwaste - Flytipping. ACC will prosecute people who fly-tip, such as over the garden wall onto the Deeside Way, so please dispose of your garden waste appropriately
 Obstruction for wheelchairs, prams etc. due to bins on pavement. Householders should place bins on the pavement as bin collectors were not allowed to collect them from private land but place them so as to minimise obstruction and also remove them as soon as possible after collection.
 Bins not collected. The advice was to leave them on the pavement and telephone the Council. They are normally collected the following day. If the bin was supposed to be collected and it was missed then please go to the Aberdeen City Council's website and report it. Hopefully the council will arrange to empty it. Go to ://
 Food waste bags bursting. These will deteriorate if wet – keep dry and change as frequently as required. There had also been some in circulation which were old stock from the supplier but these should have been used now.

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

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

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.