Welcome to the web presence of the Braeside and Mannofield Community Council.
Community Councils are statutory bodies, set up by an Act of Parliament. Their term of office is 3 years and they receive an annual grant from the City Council.
They have no executive powers although being close to and part of the local community they play a vital role in representing the views of the community to local authorities and other public bodies.
Anyone who lives within the Community Council area and whose name is on the electoral roll can be nominated or apply to become a Community Councillor.
There are also places for young people aged 16 and 17 years and other co-options are allowed.
The Braeside and Mannofield Community Council has an upper limit of 12 members.
For full information about Community Councils download the Aberdeen City Council Handbook from the document archive.

You can email us at bandmcommcouncil@gmail.com

Friday, 2 December 2016

Police Report - November 2016

 
QUALITY OF LIFE ISSUES Nov-16 Oct-16 Sep-16 Aug-16 Jul-16 Jun-16 May-16 Apr-16 Mar-16 Feb-16 Jan-16 Total
Motorcycle annoyance 0 6 4 4 2 5 4 2 1 0 1 29
Drinking in Public 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Drug/Substance Misuse 1 3 0 3 2 5 0 1 2 1 2 20
Public Nuisance 4 6 9 5 5 5 3 1 10 3 4 55
                         
Total 5 15 13 12 9 15 8 4 13 4 7 105

   









REPORTED CRIMES Nov-16 Oct-16 Sep-16 Aug-16 Jul-16 Jun-16 May-16 Apr-16 Mar-16 Feb-16 Jan-16 Total
Attempted Housebreaking 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Theft by Housebreaking (House) 1 2 3 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 10
Theft by Housebreaking (Shed/Garage) 0 0 2 1 1 5 1 1 3 1 0 15
Theft from motor vehicle 2 5 1 2 0 4 1 1 4 2 2 24
Theft from a locked motor vehicle 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Theft of motor vehicle and contents 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4
Possession of drugs 0 0 2 5 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 11
Vandalism 6 3 3 2 1 2 5 2 4 1 0 29
                         
Total 12 10 11 10 2 15 9 5 11 4 5 94


In his November update, Inspector Ian McKinnon says, "A positive month, a general reduction in crime across the areas.  We will continue to offer crime prevention advice where we think it is necessary, particularly in areas that may be at risk, whilst promoting messages about home security and the importance of lights at this time of year.
Over the next three weeks we will have dedicated patrols on some evenings patrolling streets and issuing crime prevention leaflets to try and reinforce the message.  We are also supporting this with additional dedicated crime patrols at other times our analysis suggests are 'risk' periods.
Together with the fantastic support we already receive from our communities in relation to identifying possible thieves, we can hopefully ensure that everyone has a Merry Christmas (except maybe the thieves). As the last report for 2016, can I just say that I genuinely appreciate the support my team receives from the Community Councils, Partners, Councillors and members of the public and I look forward to continuing this throughout 2017.

Seasons Greetings from the West End and Hazlehead Policing Teams.".

The local policing team are based at Whinhill and request that if any suspicious activity is seen they are contacted, either as an emergency on 999 or on the Police Scotland Service Centre at 101. 

Follow the Local Policing Team on Twitter @NorthEPolice   #WestEndCPT 

Also available are the three following contact email addresses for the West End:
AiryhallBroomhillGarthdeeCPT@Scotland.pnn.police.uk
HazleheadAshleyQueensCrossCPT@Scotland.pnn.police.uk
TorryFerryhillCPT@scotland.pnn.police.uk

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Sue Ryder Self Management Service

The Sue Ryder charity have just stared a new self management service for people with neurological conditions who live in their own homes and for their carers if they need it.

It's a free service to try and get people back into their communities, to build their confidence or simply to just have a chat and a cup of tea with them.

The charity offer emotional support helping people reconnect with friends and  re-kindling old or learning new hobbies.

If you would like any further information contact :

Stacey Watt 
Senior Support Worker 
Sue Ryder-self-management service
Caiesdykes Road 
Kincorth, 
Aberdeen
AB12 5JY

telephone  01224 896339
mobile 07989850424

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Police Scotland - North East Survey Results

Police Scotland have issued the results of a study of communities across Scotland and their policing priorities.  The Survey includes specific results for North Division which includes the Council areas of Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray.  The survey was carried out between April and September 2016.

The results are based on an analysis of 15,962 responses across Scotland with 1,297 surveys informing the findings for the North East. 37 people completed the survey in our Community Council area.

Following analysis, the top five policing priorities for North Division of Police Scotland have been identified as :

1.   Anti-Social Behaviour/Public Disorder
2.   Homes being broken into
3.   Drug dealing/misuse
4.   Road Safety/Road Crime
5.   Violent Crime

The full report on the survey can be viewed by clicking here

Friday, 18 November 2016

Temporary Traffic Signals - Countesswells Road

Temporary traffic signals will be installed on Countesswells Road west of it's junction with Craigton Road. 

The traffic lights will be in operation between 9.30am and 3.30pm on Tuesday 29 November and there to allow British Telecom access.

Community Council Meeting

The next meeting of the Community Council will be held at Airyhall Primary School, Countesswells Road on Tuesday 22th November beginning at 7pm prompt.

The Agenda for the meeting can be downloaded and read by clicking here.

EVERYONE WELCOME

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Bogus Callers - Advice from Police Scotland

As a result of an increase in the recent numbers of Bogus Caller incidents Police Scotland have released the following information and advice.

"The impact of Doorstep Crime on its victims should not be underestimated and can leave people feeling vulnerable, embarrassed and isolated for months and years to come. One of these types of crime relates to Bogus Callers.

Bogus Callers are individuals, both male and female, who try to gain entry to peoples' homes usually on the pretexts that they work for organisations such as Aberdeen City Council, Scottish Water, Scottish Power, British Gas, Scottish and Southern Electricity (SSE) or even a bank and they urgently need access to the victim's house. They may use scare stories, intended to alarm the victim to gain entry. They may also claim to be able to save the victim money on their gas or electricity supply. Both of these claims are false as these criminals' ultimate aim is to get into the victim's home and steal from them, whether this is cash, cheque books, bank cards, the information held on them or other valuables.

Police Scotland would like to advise householders, especially the elderly, infirm or otherwise vulnerable, that if you have any doubts about any cold caller at your door 

DON'T LET THEM INTO YOUR HOME AND DO NOT DISCUSS FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS WITH THEM

Genuine representatives are trained and experienced enough to expect caution from householders. Instead, confirm the caller's name, company and the nature of their business and ask to borrow any ID card being worn by them. They should not ask you for money or offer to take you to the bank or Post Office.

Be polite and LOCK the front door, leaving the caller outside; inspect the ID card for quality of manufacture, use the Yellow Pages to get a company phone number to confirm that the company has workmen in your area. Do not rely on the information contained on the ID card as this may be fake. If still not satisfied, the next phone call should be to a friend or neighbour or to the Police for help. If satisfied, the caller can be allowed to enter, but the door should still be locked after they've been let in, and on the way out again!

It is often helpful, if a company's agent need access to the house to read the meter or something similar, to call the company beforehand and ask them to write to you beforehand with times and dates and to agree a password, so when the workmen calls you can have greater confidence that they are bona fide.

It can also be helpful to use the Nominated Neighbour scheme which Police Scotland supports. Further details of this scheme can be obtained by phoning the Police Scotland non-emergency number of 101 and asking for your local Crime Reduction office. This scheme allows a suitable friend or neighbour to act on a householder's behalf when dealing with cold callers.

If you would like security advice on how to keep your home more secure, please give me or Jim Watson a call at the Crime Reduction Unit on the Police Scotland non-emergency number of 101 and we'd be only too pleased to help or look on the Police Scotland website on the 'Keep Safe' tab.

Bob McKinney
Crime Reduction Unit
Police Scotland,
North East Division,
Nigg Police Office
230 Abbotswell Crescent, Nigg,
Aberdeen,
AB12 3JT,
Tel: 101 "

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Mannofield Church Cafe Connect Project

Mannofield Church are aiming at establishing a Community Cafe as part of the Mannofield Church Cafe Connect Project, and are in the process of securing funding.  The church has made a bid for funds from Aviva  Community Fund award scheme.

In order to get an award of money, the project needs to get votes from supporters.  The Aviva Fund will finance over 800 projects across four different fund levels and in six different categories across the UK.  The Church have been accepted into the £1,000- £5,000 bracket in the "Supporting the older generation" category.  They are competing with around 4,000 other projects so they NEED YOUR VOTE.

If you want to support this project please log into the web site at 


and give the project team your ten votes.  They all help.

You have to register to vote and you get 10 votes to use. It only takes 2 minutes to register and vote

Voting closes - 18 November

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Funding Bids

The Community Council has a small pot of money that is available to assist community initiatives and we are inviting bids from individuals or organisations in our area who meet our funding criteria and would benefit from a small amount of funding..

In order that we can be accountable for the funds, we have developed a funding policy and application process that is transparent, fair and auditable.

If you are a resident in the Braeside and Airyhall Community Council catchment area or if you represent an organisation that gives benefit to the residents and/or our community and you need a little financial support, drop us an email or complete a Funding Application Form.

To view the Funding Policy to see if you meet the criteria click here

To download an Application Form click here.

Both documents can also be found in the Document Archive panel on the right of the screen.

First year Achievements

The Community Council has now been in existence for a full year and were recently viewing our work and the achievements so far.  


In the past 12 months we have:

1.   ensured the replacement of missing roadside trees in the Craigton Road and Northcote area by Aberdeen City Council.
2.   been actively involved in pursuing provision of bus services in Airyhall engaging with the local council and first bus.
3.   developed a transparent and accountable process for the application of Community Council funding.
4.   fully funded a flower planting community initiative in Northcote Park.
5.   made a donation to a local church chair appeal.
6.   raised an issue about overhanging branches in Craigton Road and were successful in having them removed by Aberdeen City Council.
7.   submitted objections to the removal of the telephone kiosk in Great Western Road at Hammerfield Avenue.
8.   established a web site to act as a point of information and contact for the residents in the Braeside and Mannofield Community Council area.

Currently we are pursuing the following matters on behalf of the Community:

1.       Communication with Aberdeen City Council Roads Dept to review the need for a crossing at Great Western Road at TESCO.
2.       Communication with Aberdeen City Council Roads Dept to review speed limit indication in Craigton Road.
3.       Communication with Aberdeen City Council Roads Dept to review the bus turning capability at Craigton Road/Springfield Road.
4.       Communication with Aberdeen City Council Roads Dept to review the extension of 30 mph speed limit in North Deeside Road at Northcote Road.

In listing these achievements the Community Council are indebted to the work undertaken by Councillors Ian Yuill, Angela Taylor, Ross Thomson and Gordon Townson for their invaluable advice and assistance 

If there are any Community issues that you wish us to address, please email the details to bandmcommcouncil@gmail.com

Telephone Box Removal

BT are proposing to remove 31 public payphones from Aberdeen.  Two of these payphones are within the Community Council area.

Earmarked for removal are the telephone boxes in Countesswells Road at the junction with Springfield Road where only 1 call has been made in the past 12 months.  The other is the payphone near Boots the Chemist at the Mannofield shops in Great Western Road where 241 calls have been recorded in the past year.

The Community Council have written to the Council objecting to the removal of the Great Western Road pay phone on the following counts:

(a)   Given the older demographic of the area, not all residents have access to a mobile phone while out and about.  The telephone box at this location serves an important community service.

(b)   This particular phone box is located at a shopping area and not a residential road.  The increased footfall in the area raises the risk of the need to use the facility in the case of an emergency.

(c)    This phone box is on a main arterial route and is a point of access for motorists travelling through the area.

There is an information sticker in the phone box but, should you have any comments on the removal of specific phone boxes, they should be sent to:

Andrew Brownrigg
Local Development Plan
Aberdeen City Council
Business Hub 4  Ground Floor North
Marischal College
Broad Street
Aberdeen
AB10 1AB

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Police Report - October 2016

QUALITY OF LIFE ISSUES Oct-16 Sep-16 Aug-16 Jul-16 Jun-16 May-16 Apr-16 Mar-16 Feb-16 Jan-16 Total
Motorcycle annoyance 6 4 4 2 5 4 2 1 0 1 29
Drinking in Public 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Drug/Substance Misuse 3 0 3 2 5 0 1 2 1 2 19
Public Nuisance 6 9 5 5 5 3 1 10 3 4 51
                       
Total 15 13 12 9 15 8 4 13 4 7 100

 









REPORTED CRIMES Oct-16 Sep-16 Aug-16 Jul-16 Jun-16 May-16 Apr-16 Mar-16 Feb-16 Jan-16 Total
Attempted Housebreaking 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Theft by Housebreaking (House) 2 3 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 9
Theft by Housebreaking (Shed/Garage) 0 2 1 1 5 1 1 3 1 0 15
Theft from motor vehicle 5 1 2 0 4 1 1 4 2 2 22
Theft from a locked motor vehicle 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Theft of motor vehicle and contents 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2
Possession of drugs 0 2 5 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 11
Vandalism 3 3 2 1 2 5 2 4 1 0 23
                       
Total 10 11 10 2 15 9 5 11 4 5 82


In his report on October Policing activity, Inspector Ian McKinnon says, "October saw a rise in thefts from unlocked cars.  No one street in particular was targeted, but it has been fairly regular in occurrence. The importance of securing your vehicle cannot be overstated as a means of preventing this crime.  It is an easy option for criminals, who are less likely to leave evidence at the scene where entry is not forced. With the clocks going back and darker nights we would remind you of our 'Lights out - You're Out' advice.  It's good practice to leave a light on when you're out so as not to advertise the fact".

The local policing team are based at Whinhill and request that if any suspicious activity is seen they are contacted, either as an emergency on 999 or on the Police Scotland Service Centre at 101. 

Follow the Local Policing Team on Twitter @NorthEPolice   #WestEndCPT 

Also available are the three following contact email addresses for the West End: 
AiryhallBroomhillGarthdeeCPT@Scotland.pnn.police.uk
HazleheadAshleyQueensCrossCPT@Scotland.pnn.police.uk
TorryFerryhillCPT@scotland.pnn.police.uk