New Temporary Traffic Order Imposed – East Main Avenue

Start Date and Time : 26 November 2021 04:00 
End Date and Time : 12 January 2022 17:00

Location : East Main Avenue

Description : The effect of the order, which will operate from 04:00 on 29 November, 2021 until 17:00 on 12 January, 2022, is to impose a temporary prohibition of waiting on both sides of East Main Avenue, Aberdeen, between its junctions with Arnage Drive and Mastrick Drive.

The no-waiting restrictions will be demarcated by the use of no-waiting cones.

Illegally parked vehicles will be removed at the owner’s expense.

The measure is necessary to protect public safety during ACC footway resurfacing works. 

New Temporary Traffic Order Imposed – Sheddocksley Road

Start Date and Time : 29 November 2021 04:00
End Date and Time : 12 January 2022 17:00

Location : Sheddocksley Road

Description : The effect of the order, which will operate from 04:00 on 29 November, 2021 until 17:00 on 12 January, 2022, is to impose a temporary prohibition of waiting on both sides of Sheddocksley Road, Aberdeen, between its junction with Sheddocksley Drive to Maidencraig Place.

The no-waiting restrictions will be demarcated by the use of no-waiting cones.

Illegally parked vehicles will be removed at the owner’s expense.

The measure is necessary to protect public safety during ACC footway resurfacing works.

Changes in Temporary Traffic Order – Burnbrae Crescent / Burnbrae Place / Burnbrae Avenue

Start Date and Time : 01 November 2021 04:00
End Date and Time : 14 November 2021 17:00

Location : Burnbrae Crescent / Burnbrae Place / Burnbrae Avenue

Description : The effect of the order, which will operate from 04:00 01 November, 2021 until 17:00 14 November, 2021, is to impose a prohibition of driving on Burnbrae Crescent, Burnbrae Place and Burnbrae Avenue, Aberdeen for their entire lengths.

There will also be a prohibition of waiting on either side of the same stretches of carriageways for any purpose for the duration of the works.

Restricted access will be permitted if safe to do so via Fernhill Place and Hallfield Road.

The restrictions are in the interests of public safety during ACC carriageway resurfacing works.

Alternate Route : Fernill Drive, Fernhill Road, Fernhill Place or Fernhill Drive, Langstracht (A944), Springhill Road, Hallfield Road

New Temporary Traffic Order Imposed – City Fibre 45, Mastrick Defects

Start Date and Time : 13 November 2021 08:00
End Date and Time : 05 December 2021 17:00

Location : City Fibre 45, Mastrick Defects

Description : The effect of the order is to impose a temporary prohibition of driving on the following streets; Lossie Place, Aberdeen, from its junction with Greenfern Road to a point 5 metres in a northerly direction and also on Ness Place, Aberdeen, from its junction with Greenfern Road to a point 5 metres in a northerly direction from 08:00 on 13th November, 2021, until 07:00 on 14th November, 2021 and also from 08:00 on 20th November, 2021, until 07:00 on 21st November, 2021.

An alternative route is available via Greenfern Road, Findhorn Place and Dulnain Road; Brebner Crescent, Aberdeen, from its junction with Hutton Place to the boundary between number 14 and 16 Brebner Crescent from 08:00 until 17:00 on 15th November, 2021.

An alternative route is available via Hutton Place and Cruden Crescent. There will also be a prohibition of waiting on the same stretch of road; Springhill Crescent, Aberdeen, from the boundary between number 29 and 31 Springhill Crescent to the boundary between number 31 and 33 Springhill Crescent from 08:00 on 16th November, 2021, until 17:00 on 17th November, 2021.

An alternative route is available via Springhill Terrace and Byron Terrace.

There will also be a prohibition of waiting on the same stretch of road; Arnage Drive, Aberdeen, from its junction with Arnage Gardens to the boundary between number 59 and 61 Arnage Drive from 08:00 on 18th November, 2021, until 17:00 on 19th November, 2021.

An alternative route is available via New Park Road, Mastrick Drive and East Main Avenue.

There will also be a prohibition of waiting on the same stretch of road; Cairnwell Drive, Aberdeen, from its junction with Gairnshiel Place to the boundary between number 3 and 5 Cairnwell Drive from 08:00 on 19th November, 2021, until 17:00 on 20th November, 2021.

An alternative route is available via Gairnshiel Place, Invercauld Road and Long Walk Road.

There will also be a prohibition of waiting on the same stretch of road; Access to properties will be maintained, but no through traffic will be possible.

There will also be a prohibition of waiting on either side on the following streets; Greenfern Road, Aberdeen between its junctions with Lossie Place and Ness Place from 08:00 on 13th November, 2021, until 07:00 on 14th November, 2021 and also from 08:00 on 20th November, 2021, until 07:00 on 21st November, 2021; Brebner Terrace, Aberdeen, from its junction with Springhill Road to the boundary between number 74 and 76 Brebner Terrace and also on either side of Springhill Road, Aberdeen, from its junction with Lintmill Terrace to the boundary between number 267 and 269 Springhill Road and also on the north side of Davidson Gardens, Aberdeen, from its junction with Springhill Road to the boundary between number 4 and 6 Davidson Gardens from 08:00 on 27th November, 2021, until 07:00 on 28th November, 2021 and also from 08:00 on 4th December, 2021, until 07:00 on 5th December, 2021 Illegally parked vehicles will be removed at the owner’s expense.

The no-waiting restrictions will be demarcated by the use of no-waiting cones The measures are necessary to protect public safety during duct laying works being carried out by City Fibre.

Changes in Temporary Traffic Order – City Fibre Pn224 Sheddocksley

Start Date and Time : 23 September 2021 08:00
End Date and Time : 03 November 2021 18:00

Location : City Fibre Pn224 Sheddocksley

Description : The effect of the order is to impose a temporary prohibition of driving on Sumburgh Crescent, Aberdeen, between its junctions with Lewis Road and Kirkwall Avenue from 08:00 on 5th October, 2021, until 13:00 on 7th October, 2021.

An alternative route is available via Lewis Road. Access to properties will be maintained, but no through traffic will be possible.

There will also be a prohibition of waiting on either side on the following streets between 08:00 and 17:00 Mon-Sat; Arran Avenue, Benbecula Road, Kirkwall Avenue, Lewis Court, Lewis Drive, Lewis Road, Stornoway Crescent, Sumburgh Crescent, Aberdeen from 08:00 on 23rd September, 2021, until 17:00 on 3rd November, 2021.

Illegally parked vehicles will be removed at the owner’s expense.

The no-waiting restrictions will not be implemented for the full duration of the order and will only be implemented as and when required.

The no-waiting restrictions will be demarcated by the use of no-waiting cones for no more than 100 metres at a time.

For an update as to when the no-waiting restrictions will be implemented please contact GCU (UK) Ltd on 08001114669

The measures are necessary to protect public safety during duct laying works being carried out by City Fibre

Changes in Temporary Traffic Order – Burnbrae Crescent / Burnbrae Place / Burnbrae Avenue

Start Date and Time : 24 October 2021 04:00 
End Date and Time : 07 November 2021 17:00

Location : Burnbrae Crescent / Burnbrae Place / Burnbrae Avenue

Description : The effect of the order, which will operate from 04:00 24 October, 2021 until 17:00 07 November, 2021, is to impose a prohibition of driving on Burnbrae Crescent, Burnbrae Place and Burnbrae Avenue, Aberdeen for their entire lengths.

There will also be a prohibition of waiting on either side of the same stretches of carriageways for any purpose for the duration of the works.

Restricted access will be permitted if safe to do so via Fernhill Place and Hallfield Road.

The restrictions are in the interests of public safety during ACC carriageway resurfacing works.

Alternate Route : Fernill Drive, Fernhill Road, Fernhill Place or Fernhill Drive, Langstracht (A944), Springhill Road, Hallfield Road 

New Temporary Traffic Order Imposed – Mastrick Drive

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Start Date and Time : 03 October 2021 04:00
End Date and Time : 10 October 2021 17:00

Location : Mastrick Drive

Description : The effect of the order, which will operate from 04:00 03 October, 2021 until 17:00 10 October, 2021, is to impose a prohibition of driving on Mastrick Drive, Aberdeen, between Lang Stracht and Whitemyers Avenue.

There will also be a prohibition of waiting on either side of the same stretch of carriageway for any purpose for the duration of the works.

The restrictions are in the interests of public safety during ACC carriageway resurfacing works.
Alternate Route : Lang Stracht (A944), Whitemyers Place, Whitemyres Avenue and vice versa

CON, SNP AND LAB COUNCILLORS DECIDE SPACES FOR PEOPLE TO STAY

Sadly, a Council committee meeting on Wednesday 26th August rejected a Liberal Democrat proposal to remove both the “Spaces for People” changes in the city centre and the hospitality marquees in bus lanes. 

Instead Conservative, SNP and Labour councillors decided to leave things as they are discuss the issue again in November.

People were told the Spaces for People changes were only temporary – and the Liberal Democrats believe the Council should stick to this and now remove the changes to roads layouts in the city centre.

The Spaces for People changes have caused disruption to bus services and inconvenience for many bus users. Whist this was an unfortunate consequence of changes made for public health reasons, there can be no excuse for keeping these changes in place any longer than is necessary. My colleagues and I believe it is important buses and their passengers have access to the entire length of Union Street in the run up to Christmas. We also believe it is important buses and cyclists are able to use bus the lanes – and that means removing the hospitality marquees from the bus lanes.

Temporary Traffic Order – Burnbrae Avenue

Start Date and Time : 27 September 2021 08:00
End Date and Time : 10 October 2021 17:00

Location : Burnbrae Avenue

Description : The effect of the order, which will operate from 08:00 on 27 September, 2021 until 17:00 on 10 October, 2021, is to impose a temporary prohibition of waiting on either side of Burnbrae Avenue, Aberdeen, between its junctions with Burnbrae Crescent and Fernhill Drive.

The no-waiting restrictions will be demarcated by the use of no-waiting cones. Illegally parked vehicles will be removed at the owner’s expense.

The measure is necessary to protect public safety during ACC footway resurfacing works.

New Temporary Traffic Order Imposed – City Fibre Pn224 Sheddocksley

Start Date and Time : 23 September 2021 08:00 
End Date and Time : 03 November 2021 18:00

Location : City Fibre Pn224 Sheddocksley

Description : The effect of the order is to impose a temporary prohibition of driving on Sumburgh Crescent, Aberdeen between its junctions for the car park entrance between number 8 and 20 Sumburgh Crescent and the entrance to the Sheddocksley Community Centre from 08:00 on 23rd September, 2021, until 17:00 on 24th September, 2021.

An alternative route is available via Lewis Road and also on Sumburgh Crescent, Aberdeen, between its junctions with Lewis Road and Kirkwall Avenue from 08:00 on 5th October, 2021, until 07:00 on 7th October, 2021. An alternative route is available via Lewis Road.

Access to properties will be maintained, but no through traffic will be possible. There will also be a prohibition of waiting on either side on the following streets between 08:00 and 17:00 Mon-Sat; Arran Avenue, Benbecula Road, Kirkwall Avenue, Lewis Court, Lewis Drive, Lewis Road, Stornoway Crescent, Sumburgh Crescent, Aberdeen from 08:00 on 23rd September, 2021, until 17:00 on 3rd November, 2021.

Illegally parked vehicles will be removed at the owner’s expense. The no-waiting restrictions will not be implemented for the full duration of the order and will only be implemented as and when required.

The no-waiting restrictions will be demarcated by the use of no-waiting cones for no more than 100 metres at a time. For an update as to when the no-waiting restrictions will be implemented please contact GCU (UK) Ltd on 08001114669.

The measures are necessary to protect public safety during duct laying works being carried out by City Fibre 

A Guide To The Paralympics

Scottish Disability Sport has produced an excellent guide the Paralympics which runs from 24th August to 5th September in Tokyo. This guide aims to raise awareness of the Paralympic Games and the Scottish para-athletes competing as part of ParalympicsGB in Tokyo.

Within this resource there are many links that you can follow to access more information on many different aspects of the Paralympic Games.

SDS has tried to anticipate questions you may wish to know the answer to such as:
• What are the Paralympic Games?
• What is the Paralympic Symbol?
• Who are the Scottish para-athletes and what sports are they competing in?
• How are Paralympians classified to make competition fair?
• Factfiles and videos about each of the sports that Scottish para-athletes are competing in (except target shooting).
• Where to go for further information.

The guide can be displayed on screen from the link below or downloaded to your computer using the Download button.

In addition to the content listed above they have included the SDS Schools Boccia Resource and an Interactive Fact Sheet which learners can use to do their own research about the Scottish para-athletes.

If you require further information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. If you or anyone you know would like to engage in disability sport at any level please contact Scottish Disability Sport, by emailing admin@scottishdisabilitysport.com or phoning 0131 317 1130 and they will support you/them to get involved.

Sheltered Common Rooms Re-Open

In accordance with the lifting of most covid-19 restrictions across Scotland on 9th August 2021, all sheltered housing common rooms are now permitted to open. A letter sent to tenants jointly by Aberdeen City Council and Bon Accord Care sets out guidance to be followed to ensure residents are able to once again enjoy the facilities but also keep themselves and their neighbours safe. The letter reads as follows:-

To stay safe, you should:

• Get the vaccine when you are offered it

• Wear a face covering when moving around

• Wash your hands regularly, and cover your nose and mouth if coughing or sneezing

• Self isolate and take a PCR test if you have symptoms

• Take regular tests if you don’t have symptoms to reduce the risk of spreading the virus

• Meet outside if you can, and open windows when indoors

• Keep your distance from people not in your group

Staff will continue to clean the common room and anti-bacterial spray will be provided so residents can wipe down areas after use.

Liberal Democrat Housing Spokesman, Steve Delaney said, “I am pleased to see common rooms re-opened at last. It’s been a very difficult time for everyone, but especially people who live alone. The loss of regular activities and social gatherings has hit many people particularly hard”.

“If it’s considered appropriate for society to begin to open up again then it’s only right that common rooms are once again brought into use. This is an issue I’ve discussed with senior officers at various stages during the past 15 months and in particular over the past few weeks in anticipation of the expected opening up on 9th August”.

“I know sheltered residents will take particular care when visiting their common rooms to ensure they keep themselves and their neighbours safe. Just being able to offer activities or even have a cup of tea or coffee together will mean so much to so many people”.

“I appreciate not everyone will be ready to go back to their common rooms just yet as we are all at a different stage of our journey back towards normality. Everyone needs to decide what’s right for them and for some, they will not yet be comfortable mixing with other people, others will be delighted with this news. This announcement gives people choices”.

Spaces For People Update

The Spaces For People measures which were introduced in George Street, Rosemount and Torry to reduce vehicle numbers and provide more space for people to socially distance during the pandemic, are to be removed following the Scottish Government’s decision to move to level 0 restrictions on 19th July.

These works will start in Rosemount on 9th of August and will take about three weeks to remove. George Street works start on 23rd August and will also take 3 weeks. Works start in Torry on 13th September and will take about a week. The removal of City Centre works is subject to a decision being taken at the City Growth & Resources Committee on 10th August. 

Dementia Friendly Sessions At Art Gallery

Aberdeen Art Gallery has put together a series of dementia friendly events and workshops to help combat social isolation and cognitive decline. 

With the first two events having run successfully in July, a further two events are planned for next month. These events will take place in the ground floor Learning Space in Aberdeen Art Gallery. They are called Tunes & Chat and it’s about looking at some artworks and enjoying listening to music together.

These are dementia friendly but not dementia exclusive – they are great sessions for anyone needing a gentle-paced workshop where they can socialise in a comfortable environment. Anyone 16+ is welcome to attend.

The sessions will be led by a community musician called Sarah Eggleton who delivered similar sessions online earlier this year and they were excellent.

In each session, Sarah will introduce the attendees to a couple of artworks and play recordings of music inspired by those artworks. We have found that this type of workshop encourages conversation, memory sharing and friendship through the common love of music.

All sessions are free and can be easily booked via the links below – booking is currently required. Attendees are welcome to bring a supporting person with them also. 

Later in the year, we will host other dementia friendly events such as Connecting to Our Collections, where attendees can learn about our collections and Fly Cup & Blether, where attendees can share memories based on familiar themes such as going out on the town, sports, concerts and local attractions.

Here are the links to Tunes & Chat – please share as far and wide as possible, as they really are a lovely way to enjoy socialising in a relaxed and friendly environment while listing to some wonderful pieces of music together.

New Temporary Traffic Order Imposed – Whitemyres Avenue

Start Date and Time : 30 August 2021 07:00 
End Date and Time : 01 September 2021 18:00

Location : Whitemyres Avenue

Description : Aberdeen City Council has made the above-named order in terms of its powers under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

The effect of the order, which will operate from 07:00 on 30th August, 2021, until 18:00 on 1st September, 2021 is to impose a temporary prohibition of waiting on either side of Whitemyres Avenue, Aberdeen, from its junction with Mastrick Drive to the entrance for Booker cash and carry.

Illegally parked vehicles will be removed at the owner’s expense.

The no-waiting restrictions will be demarcated by the use of no-waiting cones.

The measure is necessary to protect public safety during City Fibre duct laying works. 

New Temporary Traffic Order Imposed – Arran Avenue, Cloghill Place, Derbeth Crescent & Sheddocksley Drive

Start Date and Time : 06 August 2021 08:00 
End Date and Time : 16 September 2021 17:00

Location : Arran Avenue, Cloghill Place, Derbeth Crescent & Sheddocksly Drive

Description : Aberdeen City Council has made the above-named order in terms of its powers under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

The effect of the order is to impose a temporary prohibition of driving on the following streets: Arran Avenue, Aberdeen, from its junction with Jura Place to the boundary between the rear of number 14 and 22 Stroma Terrace from 08:00 on 6th August, 2021, until 17:00 on 7th August, 2021.

An alternative route is available via Lewis Road; Cloghill Place, Aberdeen, between its junctions with Sheddocksley Drive and Derbeth Crescent from 08:00 on 10th August, 2021, until 17:00 on 11th August, 2021.

An alternative route is available via Sheddocksley Drive, Borrowstone Place and Derbeth Crescent; Sheddocksley Drive, Aberdeen, from its junction with Derbeth Crescent to the boundary between number 35 and 37 Sheddocksley Drive from 08:00 on 16th August, 2021, until 17:00 on 17th August, 2021.

An alternative route is available via Windford Road and Sheddocksley Road; Borrowstone Place, Aberdeen, between its junctions with Sheddocksley Drive and Derbeth Crescent from 08:00 on 18th August, 2021, until 17:00 on 19th August, 2021.

An alternative route is available via Sheddocksley Drive, Dinbaith Place and Derbeth Crescent; Derbeth Crescent, Aberdeen, from its junction near the boundary between number 64 and 66 Derbeth Crescent to the boundary between number 60 and 62 Derbeth Crescent from 08:00 on 20th August, 2021, until 17:00 on 21st August, 2021.

An alternative route is available via Sheddocksley Drive and Dinbaith Place; Derbeth Crescent, Aberdeen, from the gable end of number 46 Derbeth Crescent to the boundary between number 54 and 56 Derbeth Crescent from 08:00 on 23rd August, 2021, until 17:00 on 24th August, 2021.

An alternative route is available via Sheddocksley Drive and Dinbaith Place; Dinbaith Place, Aberdeen, between its junctions with Sheddocksley Drive and Derbeth Crescent from 08:00 on 25th August, 2021, until 17:00 on 26th August, 2021.

An alternative route is available via Sheddocksley Drive, Borrowstone Place and Derbeth Crescent; Sheddocksley Drive, Aberdeen, from its junction with Borrowstone Place to the boundary between number 46 and 48 Sheddocksley Drive from 08:00 on 27th August, 2021, until 17:00 on 28th August, 2021.

An alternative route is available via Borrowstone Place, Derbeth Crescent and Dinbaith Place; Sheddocksley Drive, Aberdeen, between its junction with Cloghill Place and Springhill Road from 08:00 on 30th August, 2021, until 17:00 on 31st August, 2021.

An alternative route is available via Springhill Road, Maidencraig Place and Sheddocksley Road Access to properties will be maintained, but no through traffic will be possible.

There will also be a one-way restriction on Lewis Road, Aberdeen, between its junctions with Lang Stracht and Arran Avenue. The permitted direction of travel will be northbound only from 08:00 on 12th August, 2021, until 07:00 on 14th August, 2021.

An alternative route for southbound vehicles is available via Arran Avenue, Skye Road and Lang Stracht

There will also be a prohibition of waiting on either side on the following streets between 08:00 and 17:00 Mon-Sat; Arran Avenue, Barra Walk, Borrowstone Place, Cloghill Place, Colonsay Crescent, Derbeth Crescent, Dinbaith Place, Jura Place, Lewis Road, Rona Place, Stroma Terrace, Tiree Crescent, Aberdeen from 08:00 on 6th August, 2021, until 17:00 on 16th September, 2021.

Due to any ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, the no-waiting restrictions will not be implemented for the full duration of the order and will only be implemented as and when required.

The no-waiting restrictions will be demarcated by the use of no-waiting cones for no more than 50 metres at a time.

For an update as to when the no-waiting restrictions will be implemented please contact GCU (UK) Ltd on 07940333452

The measures are necessary to protect public safety during duct laying works being carried out by City Fibre.

Any queries regarding this restriction can be directed to GCU (UK) Ltd on 07940333452, or roadworkscoordination@aberdeencity.gov.uk 

New Temporary Traffic Order Imposed – North Anderson Drive

Start Date and Time : 17 July 2021 08:00 
End Date and Time : 25 July 2021 17:00 
Location : North Anderson Drive

Description : The effect of the order, which will operate from 08:00 on Saturday, 17 July 2021, until 17:00 on Sunday, 18 July 2021, and from 08:00 on Saturday, 24 July 2021, until 17:00 on Sunday, 25 July 2021, is to impose a temporary prohibition of right turn manoeuvres from North Anderson Drive on to Lang Stracht.

There will also be northbound and southbound lane closures on North Anderson Drive approaching the Lang Stracht/Westburn Road junction.

Delays are to be expected.

The measures are necessary to protect public safety during works for Aberdeen City Council.

Any queries regarding this restriction can be directed to GCU Utilities on 0800 1114669 or ronan.duffy@gcultd.com 

Alternate Route : via North Anderson Drive southbound, King’s Cross roundabout, North Anderson Drive northbound. 

New Temporary Traffic Lights Imposed – Springhill Road & Kingsford Road

Start Date and Time : 19 July 2021 08:00
End Date and Time : 30 July 2021 17:00

Location : Springhill Road & Kingsford Road

Description : There will be temporary traffic lights on Springhill Road at its junction with Kingsford Road.

These lights will be in operation from 8am 19th July 2021- until 17:00 30th July 2021, they will be in operation during the working day.

This is to protect public safety during resurfacing works by Aberdeen City Council.

New Temporary Traffic Order Imposed – Willowpark Crescent

Start Date and Time : 05 July 2021 08:00 
End Date and Time : 16 July 2021 15:00

Location : Willowpark Crescent 
Description : Aberdeen City Council has made the above-named order in terms of its powers under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

The effect of the order is to impose a temporary prohibition of driving on Willowpark Crescent, Aberdeen, from the northern gable of numbers 85-95 Willowpark Crescent to the southern gable of numbers 97-107 Willowpark Crescent from 08:00 on Monday, 5 July 2021, until 17:00 on Friday, 16 July 2021.

There will also be a prohibition of waiting on either side of the same stretch of road. An alternative route is available via Ross Crescent, Willowpark Road, and Willowpark Place.

There will be a temporary prohibition of driving on North Anderson Drive, Aberdeen, on the service road between two points 15m either side of the car park access at the rear of Rosehill House from 08:00 on Tuesday, 6 July 2021, until 17:00 on Monday, 19 July 2021.

There will also be a prohibition of waiting on either side of the same stretch of road.

An alternative route is available via Ashgrove Road West, North Anderson Drive, and Forresterhill Road.

The measures are necessary to protect public safety during heating duct installation works.

Any queries regarding this restriction can be directed to Nicol of Skene on 01224 744473, or enquiries@nicolofskene.com 

New Temporary Traffic Order Imposed – Fernhill Drive and Lang Stracht

Start Date and Time : 25 June 2021 18:30 
End Date and Time : 28 June 2021 06:00

Location : Fernhill Drive and Lang Stracht

Description : Fernhill Drive will be closed from its junction with Lang Stracht to its southern junction with Burnbrae Crescent.

There will be a 10mph speed restriction imposed on Lang Stracht from its junction with Stronsay Drive to a point 100m west of its junction with Fernhill Drive.

There will be a prohibition of right turn manoeuvres from the access road at Lidl on to Lang Stracht.

Any queries regarding this restriction can be directed to Nicol of Skene on 01224 744473, or enquiries@nicolofskene.com

Alternate Route : via Lang Stracht, Springhill Road and Greenfern Road. 

Changes in Temporary Traffic Order – Fernhill Drive

Start Date and Time : 02 June 2021 22:00

End Date and Time : 22 June 2021 06:00 

Location : Fernhill Drive 

Description : Fernhill Drive will be closed from the path leading to numbers 1-11 Fernhill Drive to its junction with Lang Stracht.

There will be a prohibition of waiting on the same stretch of road. Any queries regarding this restriction can be directed to Nicol of Skene on 01224 744473, or enquiries@nicolofskene.com 

Alternate Route : An alternative route is available via Lang Stracht, Springhill Road and Greenfern Road. 

New Temporary Traffic Order Imposed – ACCFibre8

Start Date and Time : 21 June 2021 07:30

End Date and Time : 25 June 2021 21:00

Location : ACCFibre8

Description : The effect of the order is to impose a temporary prohibition of driving on Skye Road, Aberdeen, between its junctions with Lang Stracht and Raasay Gardens, from 07:30 on Tuesday, 22 June 2021, until 22:00 on Wednesday, 23 June 2021, and on Lewis Road, Aberdeen, between its junctions with Lang Stracht and the car park at numbers 23-35 Derbeth Crescent, from 07:30 on Thursday, 24 June 2021, until 22:00 on Friday, 25 June 2021.

The measures are necessary to protect public safety during works for Aberdeen City Council.

Any queries regarding this restriction can be directed to GCU Utilities on 0800 1114669 or ronan.duffy@gcultd.com

Alternate Route : Alternative routes are available via Lang Stracht, Lewis Road, and Arran Avenue, and via Lang Stracht, Skye Road, and Arran Avenue. 

New Temporary Traffic Order Imposed – Mastrick heating duct

Start Date and Time : 02 June 2021 22:00 
End Date and Time : 20 June 2021 22:00

Location : Mastrick heating duct

Description : The effect of the order, which will operate from 22:00 on 02 June 2021, until 22:00 on 20 June 2021, is to impose the restrictions below to allow heating duct installation works.

The works will be carried out in stages as per the schedule below.

Stage 1; Fernhill Drive will be closed from its junction with Burnbrae Place to its southern junction with Burnbrae Crescent. There will be a prohibition of waiting on the same stretch of road.

Stage 2; Fernhill Drive will be closed from the path leading to numbers 1-11 Fernhill Drive to its junction with Lang Stracht. There will be a prohibition of waiting on the same stretch of road.

Stage 3; there will be a prohibition of right turn manoeuvres from Fernhill Drive on to Lang Stracht, and from Lang Stracht on to Fernhill Drive.

Any queries regarding this restriction can be directed to Nicol of Skene on 01224 744473, or enquiries@nicolofskene.com

Alternate Route : An alternative route is available via Lang Stracht, Springhill Road and Greenfern Road. 

New Temporary Traffic Order Imposed – Mastrick Heating Duct5

Start Date and Time : 17 May 2021 07:00
End Date and Time : 02 June 2021 22:00

Location : Mastrick Heating Duct5

Description : The effect of the order, which will operate from 07:00 on Monday, 17 May 2021, until 22:00 on Wednesday, 2 June 2021, is to impose the restrictions below to allow heating duct installation works.

The works will be carried out in stages as per the schedule below.

Stage 1; Fernhill Drive will be closed from a point 10m north of its junction with Hillylands Road to its junction with Burnbrae Avenue. There will be a prohibition of waiting on the same stretch of road.

Hillylands Road will be closed from its junction with Fernhill Drive to the boundary between numbers 29 and 31 Hillylands Road. There will be a prohibition of waiting on the same stretch of road.

The one-way system on Burnbrae Crescent from its northern junction with Fernhill Drive to its junction with Fernhill Place will be suspended. There will be a prohibition of waiting on Burnbrae Crescent from its northern junction with Fernhill Drive to the driveway at the side of numbers 2-12 Burnbrae Crescent.

Stage 2; Fernhill Drive will be closed from its northern junction with Burnbrae Crescent to Burnbrae Place. There will be a prohibition of waiting on the same stretch of road.

The one-way system on Burnbrae Avenue from its junction with Fernhill Drive to its junction with Burnbrae Crescent will be suspended.

There wll be a prohibition of waiting on Burnbrae Avenue from its junction with Fernhill Drive to the driveway at the side of numbers 1-6 Burnbrae Avenue. Stage 3;

Fernhill Drive will be closed from the driveway at number 25 Fernhill Drive to its southern junction with Burnbrae Crescent. There will be a prohibition of waiting on the same stretch of road.

The one-way system on Burnbrae Place from its junction with Fernhill Drive to its junction with Burnbrae Crescent will be suspended.

There will be a prohibition of waiting on either side of Burnbrae Place from its junction with Burnbrae Crescent to the disabled parking bay at the rear of numbers 1-11 Fernhill Drive, and on either side of Burnbrae Place from the footpath at the side of numbers 53-63 Burnbrae Crescent to the southern gable of number 8 Burnbrae Place, and also on either side of Burnbrae Place from its junction with Fernhill Drive to a point 10m in a westerly direction.

Stage 4; Fernhill Drive will be closed from the southern gable of numbers 1-11 Fernhill Drive to its junction with Lang Styracht. There will be a prohibition of waiting on the same stretch of road.

Access to Burnbrae Avenue during stage 2 will be maintained from Burnbrae Crescent.

Access to Burnbrae Place during stage 3 will be maintained from Burnbrae Crescent.

Any queries regarding this restriction can be directed to Nicol of Skene on 01224 744473, or enquiries@nicolofskene.com

Alternate Route : An alternative route for the Fernhill Drive closures is available via Lang Stracht, Springhill Road and Greenfern Road.

An alternative route for the Hillylands Road closure is available via Croft Road, Croft Terrace, and Arnage Drive.

The Journey Back To Normality Begins Here…

Aberdeen and most of Scotland is moving from covid restriction Level 3 to Level 2. Some of the main changes are as follows:-

  • 6 people from up to 3 households can meet indoors
  • Cafes, pubs and restaurants with indoor facilities can open
  • 6 people from up to 3 households can meet in an indoor cafe, pub or restaurant
  • Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools can open
  • 8 people from 8 households can meet outdoors
  • Tourist accommodation and visitor attractions can open
  • You can travel anywhere in the UK with the exception of Level 3 or Level 4 areas
  • Overseas travel is permitted to a limited number of countries (referred to as the blue list) without the need to quarantine on your return but be aware that the status of countries can change at short notice as we’ve seen in the past.

Commenting on the easing of Covid-19 restrictions from 17th May, Kingswells, Sheddocksley, Summerhill councillor Steve Delaney said,

I’m sure everyone will welcome the latest moves to ease some of the more severe covid restrictions from Monday. We all want to get back to something resembling normality as soon as it’s safe to do so. For me, like so many other people, the ability to reconnect with family and friends remains the top priority.

However, my own view, for what it’s worth, remains that just because we can do something doesn’t mean we have to! It’s all about being sensible when mixing with vulnerable people. It does no harm to wear a face covering in confined spaces during an indoor visit and to remove it when suitably distanced. Same goes for passing gatherings of people outdoors.

Everyone needs to make their own judgements as to what’s needed to keep themselves and their loved ones safe and the level of additional measures you may or may not choose to put in place is likely to depend on the vulnerability and vaccination status of yourself and others.

My main concern with the easing to Level 2 is the opening up of international air travel. I fully understand the difficulties the ban on international flights has caused to those who have family living overseas. I too have family and friends overseas.

However, the opening up of international air travel before we have offered the vaccine to everyone will undoubtedly result in new variants getting into (and out of) the UK and there’s always a risk that our vaccinations may not protect against one of these future variants.

Our vaccination programme is going well, but the sooner we are able to offer the vaccine to everyone, including children (following the normal stringent safety checks) the better. And any overstock of vaccines need to be used to offer protection to people in other countries which may not ordinarily be given access to them. As well as being the right thing to do from a humanitarian point of view, we won’t all be 100% safe until the whole world’s safe.

However, despite my very typically cautionary note, as you look towards Monday, enjoy the return of some of your normal freedoms of life and enjoy the company of family and friends but stay safe and keep your loved ones safe too. We’re maybe not quite out of the woods yet, but there’s certainly good cause for a lot more more optimism looking at the weeks and the months ahead.

An extensive list of what is and is not permitted under newly revised Level 2 restrictions can be downloaded as a PDF here. A briefer summary can be viewed online here.

Wellbeing Cafe Re-Opens

Many of you will be familiar with the Fine Peace Cafe at Sheddocksley Baptist Church which closed for refurbishment in 2019. It was indeed renovated alongside extension works at the church but sadly it never re-opened due to covid restrictions.

Instead the church opened the Wellbeing Cafe last Autumn and they have now re-opened following the post Christmas lockdown. This great initiative offers a safe space to listen, support and signpost people over coffee and cake. Anyone who is struggling with their mental health and wellbeing is welcome to drop in for a chat but numbers are limited due to covid regulations. More information can be found here.

Local councillor Steve Delaney said, “I’m delighted to see the Wellbeing Cafe open once more. Once again Sheddocksley Baptist Church has identified a need within our community and responded positively towards providing the support needed to help people at this difficult time”.

“You don’t need to be a church member to visit the cafe. The offer of prayer is available to those who wish this but it is not obligatory and everyone, regardless of their beliefs, is made very welcome and offered a chat with a friendly volunteer”.

New Temporary Traffic Lights Imposed – Ross Crescent

Start Date and Time : 06 May 2021 07:00 
End Date and Time : 12 May 2021 17:00

Location : Ross Crescent

Description : There will be temporary traffic signals on Ross Crescent with its junction with Mastrick Drive.

These signals will be in operation from 07:00 6th may until 17:00 12th May and will be in operation 24 hours a day.

This is to protect public safety during Scottish Water works. 

New Temporary Traffic Order Imposed – CITY FIBRE PN296, SHEDDOCKSLEY, ABERDEEN

Start Date and Time : 19 May 2021 08:00 
End Date and Time : 29 June 2021 17:00

Location : CITY FIBRE PN296, SHEDDOCKSLEY, ABERDEEN.

Description : Aberdeen City Council has made the above-named order in terms of its powers under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

The effect of the order is to impose a temporary prohibition of driving on the following streets: Sheddocksley Drive, Aberdeen, from the boundary between number 149 and 151 Sheddocksley Drive to the gable end of number 165 Sheddocksley Drive from 08:00 on 19th May, 2021, until 17:00 on 20th May, 2021.

An alternative route is available via Sheddocksley Drive, Derbeth Crescent, Lewis Road and Taransay Crescent;

Sheddocksley Drive, Aberdeen, between its junction with Wardhead Place and the gable end of number 150 Sheddocksley Drive from 08:00 on 21st May, 2021, until 17:00 on 22nd May, 2021.

An alternative route is available via Wardhead Place, Sheddocksley Road and Harthill Place;

Sheddocksley Drive, Aberdeen, from its junction with Harthill Place to the boundary between number 116 and 118 Sheddocksley Drive from 08:00 on 25th May, 2021, until 17:00 on 26th May, 2021.

An alternative route is available via Wardhead Place, Sheddocksley Road and Harthill Place;

Sheddocksley Drive, Aberdeen, from its junction with Harthill Place to the boundary between number 102 and 104 Sheddocksley Drive from 08:00 on 27th May, 2021, until 17:00 on 28th May, 2021.

An alternative route is available via Harthill Place, Sheddocksley Road and Auchlea Place;

Harthill Place, Aberdeen, between its junction with Sheddocksley Drive and the gable end of number 10 Harthill Place from 08:00 on 31st May, 2021, until 17:00 on 1st June, 2021.

An alternative route is available via Sheddocksley Drive, Auchlea Place and Sheddocksley Road;

Harthill Place, Aberdeen, from its junction with Sheddocksley Road to the boundary between number 3 and 5 Harthill Place from 08:00 on 2nd June, 2021, until 17:00 on 3rd June, 2021.

An alternative route is available via Sheddocksley Drive, Auchlea Place and Sheddocksley Road;

Auchlea Place, Aberdeen, from its junction with Sheddocksley Road to the boundary between number 3 and 5 Auchlea Place from 08:00 on 4th June, 2021, until 17:00 on 5th June, 2021.

An alternative route is available via Sheddocksley Road, Auchlea Road and Sheddocksley Drive;

Sheddocksley Road, Aberdeen, between its junction with Kingsford Road and the gable end of number 47 Sheddocksley Road from 08:00 on 7th June, 2021, until 17:00 on 8th June, 2021.

An alternative route is available via Kingsford Road, Springhill Road and Brodinch Place;

Auchlea Road, Aberdeen, between its junction with Sheddocksley Drive and the gable end of number 27 Auchlea Road from 08:00 on 9th June, 2021, until 17:00 on 10th June, 2021.

An alternative route is available via Sheddocksley Drive, Auchlea Place and Sheddocksley Road;

Sheddocksley Drive, Aberdeen, from the boundary between number 86 and 88 Sheddocksley Drive to the gable end of number 96 Sheddocksley Drive from 08:00 on 16th June, 2021, until 17:00 on 17th June, 2021.

An alternative route is available via Auchlea Road, Sheddocksley Road and Auchlea Place.

Access to properties will be maintained, but no through traffic will be possible.

There will also be a prohibition of waiting on either side on the following streets between 08:00 and 17:00 Mon-Sat; Auchlea Road, Harthill Place, Kingsford Road, Sheddocksley Drive, Sheddocksley Road, Wardhead Place, Aberdeen from 08:00 on 19th May, 2021, until 17:00 on 29th June, 2021.

Due to any ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, the no-waiting restrictions will not be implemented for the full duration of the order and will only be implemented as and when required.

The no-waiting restrictions will be demarcated by the use of no-waiting cones for no more than 50 metres at a time.

For an update as to when the no-waiting restrictions will be implemented please contact GCU (UK) Ltd on 07940333452 

Flexible Travel Bundles From FirstAberdeen.

With effect from 26th April 2021 FirstAberdeen are to offer more flexibility on their ticketing options. They have recognised that weekly, monthly and three monthly bus passes may not work for some people as a result of changing working patterns with the working week split between home and office. This initiative will allow customers to purchase a number of individual day tickets in advance at a discounted price.

Flexible Travel Bundles are available in 5, 10 or 15 ticket options, offering a discount over the normal cost of purchasing a day ticket through the APP. These bundles are only available to purchase from the FirstBus APP with validity for 2, 4 or 6 weeks dependent on which bundle you purchase. They can be found under the Day Bundles section when selecting which ticket to purchase.

Full information can be found here.

New Temporary Traffic Lights Imposed – Mastrick Road

Start Date and Time : 04 May 2021 08:00
End Date and Time : 05 May 2021 17:00
Location : Mastrick Road

Description : There will be temporary Traffic Signals on Mastrick Road by the junction with Arnage Place.

These lights will be in operation from 08:00 on the 4th May until 17:00 on the 5th May. These lights will be in operation 24 hours, this is to protect public safety during City Fibre works.

New Temporary Traffic Order Imposed – Mastrick City Fibre PN297

Start Date and Time : 18 May 2021 08:00
End Date and Time : 08 June 2021 17:00
Location : Mastrick City Fibre PN297

Description : Aberdeen City Council has made the above-named order in terms of its powers under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

The effect of the order, which will operate is to impose a temporary prohibition of driving on the following streets: Hallfield Road, Aberdeen, from the junction with Burnbrae Crescent to the boundary between number 8 and 10 Hallfield Road from 08:00 on 18th May, 2021, until 17:00 on 19th May, 2021. An alternative route is available via Springhill Road, Lang Stracht, Fernhill Drive, Burnbrae Avenue and Burnbrae Crescent;

Greenfern Avenue, Aberdeen, from the boundary between number 9 and 11 Greenfern Avenue to the gable end of number 23 Greenfern Avenue from 08:00 on 20th May, 2021, until 17:00 on 21st May, 2021. An alternative route is available via Greenfern Road, Fernhill Drive and Fernhill Road;

Fernhill Road, Aberdeen, between its junctions with Greenfern Avenue and Fernhill Place from 08:00 on 24th May, 2021, until 17:00 on 25th May, 2021. An alternative route is available via Greenfern Avenue, Greenfern Road and Fernhill Drive;

Burnbrae Crescent, Aberdeen, from its junction with Hallfield Road and to the gable end of number 9 Burnbrae Crescent from 08:00 on 26th May, 2021, until 17:00 on 27th May, 2021. An alternative route is available via Hallfield Road, Springhill Road, Lang Stracht, Fernhill Drive and Burnbrae Avenue;

Fernhill Road, Aberdeen, from the boundary between number 3 and 5 Fernhill Road to the boundary between number 7 and 9 Fernhill Road from 08:00 on 28th May, 2021, until 17:00 on 29th May, 2021. An alternative route is available via Fernhill Drive, Greenfern Road and Greenfern Avenue;

Fernhill Road, Aberdeen, from the boundary between number 55 and 57 Fernhill Road to the boundary between number 63 and 65 Fernhill Road from 08:00 on 1st June, 2021, until 17:00 on 2nd June, 2021. An alternative route is available via Springhill Road, Greenfern Road and Greenfern Avenue;

Burnbrae Crescent, Aberdeen, from its junction with Hallfield Road to the boundary between number 21-31 and 33-43 Burnbrae Crescent from 08:00 on 3rd June, 2021, until 17:00 on 4th June, 2021. An alternative route is available via Fernhill Drive, Burnbrae Avenue and Burnbrae Crescent;

Burnbrae Crescent, Aberdeen, between its junction with Fernhill Drive and Burnbrae Place. An alternative route is available via Lang Stracht, Springhill Road and Hallfield Road and also on Fernhill Drive, Aberdeen, from its junction with Lang Stracht to the boundary between number 1-11 and 13-23 Fernhill Drive. An alternative route is available via Lang Stracht, Springhill Road and Greenfern Road from 08:00 on 5th June, 2021, until 17:00 on 6th June, 2021.

There will also be a prohibition of waiting on either side of Springhill Road between its junctions with Lang Stracht and Sheddocksley Drive to allow for regular bus services from 08:00 on 5th June, 2021, until 17:00 on 6th June, 2021.

Burnbrae Place, Aberdeen, between its junction with Burnbrae Crescent and a point 15 metres in a northerly direction from 08:00 on 7th June, 2021, until 17:00 on 8th June, 2021. An alternative route is available via Fernhill Drive and Burnbrae Crescent. The one-way system on Burnbrae Place, Aberdeen, between its junctions with Burnbrae Crescent and Fernhill Drive will be suspended during these times to allow egress from properties. Access to properties will be maintained, but no through traffic will be possible.

There will also be a prohibition of waiting on either side on the following streets between 08:00 and 17:00 Mon-Sat; Burnbrae Avenue, Burnbrae Crescent, Burnbrae Place, Fernhill Drive, Fernhill Place, Fernhill Road, Greenfern Avenue, Hallfield Crescent, Hallfield Road, Lang Stracht, Aberdeen from 08:00 on 18th May, 2021, until 17:00 on 28th June, 2021.

Due to any ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, the no-waiting restrictions will not be implemented for the full duration of the order and will only be implemented as and when required.

The no-waiting restrictions will be demarcated by the use of no-waiting cones for no more than 50 metres at a time.

For an update as to when the no-waiting restrictions will be implemented please contact GCU (UK) Ltd on 07940333452

The measures are necessary to protect public safety during duct laying works being carried out by City Fibre. Any queries regarding this restriction can be directed to GCU (UK) Ltd on 07940333452

Further Covid Easing

A number of relaxations to covid restrictions come into force for Monday 26 April. This represents the most significant changes since December but please remember many restrictions remain, including the need to maintain social distancing and the wearing of masks. Visiting someone in their own home remains banned at this time except for support visits.

Local councillor Steve Delaney said, “It’s good to see things starting to return to normal after such a horrible year. The re-opening of shops and other services is very welcome as is the ability to travel within the UK”.

“My advice remains as it has been throughout, within the scope of what is now permitted do what you and your family are comfortable doing and feel safe in doing. That will be different for everyone and that’s OK”.

From 26 April we move from Tier 4 to Tier 3 restrictions. The main changes are as follows:-

  • Non-essential shops and hospitality can begin to open 
  • Non-emergency indoor works such as painting, decorating and repair work can now be undertaken
  • Informal childcare can be resumed
  • Mobile hairdressers and other close contact services can re-open.
  • Numbers attending weddings or funerals has been increased to 50
  • Cafés, pubs and restaurants can resume full outdoor service, subject to local licensing, and serve food indoors without alcohol until 8pm
  • Travel is permitted throughout the UK  

Further information can be found here. If in doubt you can download a helpful guide here or call the coronavirus helpline on 0808 196 3384.

Stagecoach Returns To Pre-Pandemic Bus Frequencies & Replaces The X17 Service

Stagecoach has announced a number of their bus routes in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. These changes will affect the current X17 & No 14 routes as well as the less frequent 218 service.

With regard to routes 14 and 218, the frequency of these services is now returning to those which had operated prior to the pandemic but please check timetables as the timings may not be exactly the same. It’s also worth noting that the No 14 weekend service which was cut by Aberdeen’s Conservative, Labour and Independent councillors last year is not being restored, so that service will only operate Monday to Friday.

Local councillor Steve Delaney said, “The most significant change for our area is the decision to replace the X17 with three different services, the 4, 5 & 6. Heading to and from the City Centre you can catch one of these three services every 10 minutes (Mon-Sat). If you’re travelling to Westhill, you have a choice of the 5 or 6 (some services are numbered 6A) as the 4 goes to Countesswells. All three routes operate 7 days a week following the current Queens Road route into the city centre”.

The revised timetables should be updated at all bus stops in the next few days. Stagecoach have decided not to print copies of the new timetables but you can find the details for all these routes to view or download here.

New Emergency Road Closure Imposed – Willowpark Crescent

Start Date and Time : 29 March 2021 09:30
Location : Willowpark Crescent

Description : The effect of the order, which will operate from 09:30 on 29 March, 2021, until emergency works are completed, is to close Willowpark Crescent, Aberdeen, between its junctions with Matrick Drive and and Muirfield Place.

There will also be a prohibition of waiting at any time on the same stretch of carriageway.

The restrictions are in the interests of public safety during ACC emergency resurfacing work due to the sunken carriageway.

Alternate Route : Mastrick Drive, Muirfield Road, Willowpark Place, Muirfield Place and vice versa

New Temporary Traffic Order Imposed – FERNHILL DRIVE, ABERDEEN.

A New Temporary Traffic Order has been imposed with the following details :

Start Date and Time : 05 April 2021 08:00 
End Date and Time : 09 April 2021 17:00 
Location : FERNHILL DRIVE, ABERDEEN.

Description : Aberdeen City Council has made the above-named order in terms of its powers under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

The effect of the order, which will operate from 08:00 on 05 April 2021, until 17:00 on 09 April 2021, is to impose a temporary prohibition of driving on Fernhill Drive, Aberdeen, from its junction with Arnage Drive to the boundary between numbers 51 and 53 Fernhill Drive.

There will also be a prohibition of waiting on either side of the same stretch of road.

Access to properties will be maintained, but no through traffic will be possible.

There will also be a prohibition of waiting on either side of Springhill Road Aberdeen, between its junctions with Lang Stracht and Sheddocksley Drive to allow for regular bus services.

The measures are necessary to protect public safety during works for BT Openreach.

Any queries regarding this restriction can be directed to Wright Traffic Management on 01466 751316, or info@wtm.scot

Alternate Route : An alternative route is available via Greenfern Road, Springhill Road and Lang Stracht. 

Changes in Temporary Traffic Order – Corse Gardens / Corse Wynd

An existing Temporary Traffic Order has been modified. The details are as follows :

Start Date and Time : 05 April 2021 08:00 
End Date and Time : 23 April 2021 17:00 
Location : Corse Gardens / Corse Wynd

Description : The effect of the order, which will operate from 08:00 on 5th April, 2021, until 17:00 on 23 April, 2021, is to close Corse Gardens, Aberdeen, in its entirety and Corse Wynd, between its junctions with Corse Avenue and the North East boundary of number 26, including the cul de sac.

There will also be a prohibition of waiting at any time on the same stretches of carriageway. The no-waiting restrictions will be demarcated by the use of no-waiting cones.

Illegally parked vehicles will be removed at the owner’s expense.

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Community Planning Aberdeen has launched an online simulator to enable citizens to express what is important and of value to them and for their community.  The survey is open to any resident of Aberdeen City.

What is important to you?

Community Planning Aberdeen is the name for your local partnership of public, private and third sector organisations and communities all working together to improve people’s lives across Aberdeen City.

We would like residents of Aberdeen to participate in this short exercise to discover what things you value and what is important to you.

Imagine you are responsible for improving the lives of the people of Aberdeen. You only have 500 points to give to various improvement projects. You must allocate all of these points. How would you allocate these points? How you do this will help guide the work of Community Planning Aberdeen and the priorities within the City’s Local Outcome Improvement Plan.  You can, also, give comments and submit ideas. 

Open until Wednesday 31st of March 2021

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If you have any queries or would like to give us feedback, please use the comments boxes in the link or email us at communityplanning@aberdeencity.gov.uk

New Temporary Traffic Order Imposed – Sheddockley Road

Start Date and Time : 29 March 2021 07:00
End Date and Time : 09 April 2021 18:00

Location : Sheddockley Road

Description : The effect of the order, which will operate from 07:00 on Monday, 29 March 2021, until 18:00 on Friday, 9 April 2021, is to impose a temporary prohibition of driving on Sheddocksley Road, Aberdeen, from the driveway at number 41 Sheddocksley Road to a point 20 metres south-east of its junction with Auchlea Place.

There will also be a prohibition of waiting on either side of Auchlea Place, Aberdeen, from its junction with Sheddocksley Road to the driveway at number 1 Auchlea Place.

The measures are necessary to protect public safety during water connection works.

Any queries regarding this restriction can be directed to Nicol of Skene on 01224 74443, or enquiries@nicolofskene.com

Alternate Route : An alternative route is available via Harthill Place, Sheddocksley Drive, and Auchlea Road.

New Temporary Traffic Order Imposed – MASTRICK HEATING DUCT

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Start Date and Time : 07 January 2021 07:00

End Date and Time : 26 April 2021 17:00

Location : MASTRICK HEATING DUCT

Description : Aberdeen City Council has made the above-named order in terms of its powers under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. The effect of the order, which will operate from 07:00 on 07 January 2021, until 17:00 on 26 April 2021, is to impose a temporary prohibition of driving and prohibition of waiting as per the schedule below.

Advance warning signs will be placed on each road before each restriction begins. Phase 1; Ross Crescent, Aberdeen, between its junctions with Willowpark Crescent and Mastrick Drive. An alternative route is available via Willowpark Road, Willowpark Place, and Muirfield Road. Phase 2; Mastrick Drive, Aberdeen, between its junctions with Ross Crescent and Mastrick Close.

An alternative route is available via Ross Crescent and Arnage Drive. Phase 3; Mastrick Close, Aberdeen for its entire length Phase 4; Hillylands Road, Aberdeen, between its junctions with Croft Road and Fernhill Drive.

Phase 5; Fernhill Drive, Aberdeen, between its junctions with Hillylands Road and Lang Stracht.

The measures are necessary to protect public safety during heating duct installation works.

Any queries regarding this restriction can be directed to Nicol of Skene on 01224 74443, or enquiries@nicolofskene.com

New Temporary Traffic Order Imposed – CITY FIBRE PN 287, EDAY ROAD, ABERDEEN.

Start Date and Time : 11 January 2021 08:00

End Date and Time : 21 February 2021 17:00

Location : CITY FIBRE PN 287, EDAY ROAD, ABERDEEN.

Description : Aberdeen City Council has made the above-named order in terms of its powers under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. The effect of the order, which will operate is to impose a temporary prohibition of driving on the following streets: Eday Crescent, Aberdeen, between its junction with Eday Road and the boundary between number 36 Eday Road and 1 Eday Crescent.

An alternative route is available via Eday Road, Stronsay Drive and Gairsay Road and also the one-way restriction on Eday Crescent, Aberdeen, between its junction with Gairsay Road and the boundary between number 5 and 7 Eday Crescent will be suspended from 08:00 on 19th January, 2021, until 17:00 on 20th January, 2021; Fernielea Place, Aberdeen, between its junctions with Eday Road and Fernielea Road from 08:00 on 19th January, 2021, until 17:00 on 21st January, 2021.

An alternative route is available via Eday Road and Fernielea Road; Fernielea Road, Aberdeen, between its junction with Eday Road and the gable end of number 1 Fernielea Road from 08:00 on 26th January, 2021, until 17:00 on 27th January, 2021.

An alternative route is available via Eday Road and Fernielea Place; Gairsay Road, Aberdeen, between its junction with Eday Drive and the boundary between numbers 39-49 and 51 Gairsay Road from 08:00 on 28th January, 2021, until 17:00 on 29th January, 2021.

An alternative route is available via Eday Drive, Eday Road and Stronsay Drive; Stronsay Crescent, Aberdeen, between its junction with Stronsay Drive and the gable end of number 36 Stronsay Crescent from 08:00 on 9th February, 2021, until 17:00 on 10th February, 2021.

An alternative route is available via Stronsay Drive, Stronsay Place, and Summerhill Drive; Stronsay Crescent, Aberdeen, from the footpath between numbers 12 and 14 Stronsay Crescent to the gable end of number 20 Stronsay Crescent from 08:00 on 11th February, 2021, until 17:00 on 12th February, 2021.

An alternative route is available via Stronsay Drive, Stronsay Place, and Summerhill Drive; Fernielea Crescent, Aberdeen, between its junctions with Stronsay Drive and Fernielea Road from 08:00 on 15th February, 2021, until 17:00 on 18th February, 2021.

An alternative route is available via Stronsay Drive, Eday Road and Fernielea Road. Access to properties will be maintained, but no through traffic will be possible.

There will also be a prohibition of waiting on either side on the following streets between 08:00 and 17:00 Mon-Sat; Eday Crescent, Eday Drive, Eday Road, Fernielea Crescent, Fernielea Place, Fernielea Road, Gairsay Drive, Gairsay Road, Lang Stracht, Stronsay Crescent, Stronsay Drive, Stronsay Place, Aberdeen from 08:00 on 11th January, 2021, until 17:00 on 21st February, 2021.

Due to any ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, the no-waiting restrictions will not be implemented for the full duration of the order and will only be implemented as and when required. The no-waiting restrictions will be demarcated by the use of no-waiting cones for no more than 50 metres at a time.

For an update as to when the no-waiting restrictions will be implemented please contact GCU (UK) Ltd on 07940333452

The measures are necessary to protect public safety during duct laying works being carried out by City Fibre. Chief Officer Operations, Aberdeen City Council, Town House, ABERDEEN.

A Victory For Disabled & Vulnerable People

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The Scottish Government’s Covid-19 guidance has been updated to allow visits to offer emotional support to a vulnerable person whose wellbeing is at risk, with specific mention of those who are isolated because of a disability or a caring responsibility.

Kingswells, Sheddocksley, Summerhill councillor Steve Delaney who had previously written to the First Minister on this issue, presented a motion to last week’s council meeting requesting the council seek clarity on whether emotional support to those facing isolation was permitted under current guidance or, if not, for this to be introduced. Steve received cross party support from all councillors last week.

He said, “This change appeared online with no official announcement over the past few days, listed under the permitted activities in all four covid management tiers”.

“To date, both UK & Scottish Governments have based support arrangements around ’social bubbles’ which work well for couples who do not live together and for informal childcare arrangements. Where they fail older people and vulnerable adults is that by forming a bubble with one elderly or vulnerable adult, you exclude doing so with others in your family and many families have more than one relative who lives alone and may be struggling. The other issue with bubbles is that we are told there’s no need for social distancing or face coverings and hugs are allowed. Where an individual in a bubble is vulnerable such an approach is of course potentially dangerous”.

“This clarity is absolutely not a green light to go into people’s homes. It is only permitted where the wellbeing of a vulnerable person living alone is considered to be at risk. Those providing support must follow the clear guidelines set out for carers who tend to people’s physical care needs. Hand hygiene and social distancing are at the heart of the guidance to keep those being visited safe”.

The full guidance can be located at https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-protection-levels/pages/protection-level-4/ under the ‘Meeting others indoors (socialising)’ heading. The same guidance applies to the other protection levels.

Steve continued, “Charities, third sector organisations and individuals who have been highlighting the detrimental effect of loneliness and isolation on those who live alone and cannot get out and about for health reasons, should be congratulated as we see their hard work pay dividends to thousands of Scots”.

Councillors Back Motion To End Pandemic Isolation

Local councillor Steve Delaney’s call for Aberdeen City Council to write to the First Minister and Cabinet Secretary of Health & Wellbeing for clarity on whether or not elderly or disabled people living alone could be visited and if not, to change the legislation to allow this, today received unanimous backing from across the chamber.

Following concerns raised by a number of residents and personal experience in his own family situation, Mr Delaney felt that something had to be done to tackle social isolation and loneliness. Everyone acknowledged it but nobody seemed willing to address it, despite numerous studies highlighting this issue.

Following the second lockdown those who were housebound or in isolation due to underlying health conditions have once again found themselves ‘locked up’ with no more than drop offs of food and medicines permitted as meeting people outside was not an option for them.

At the end of last week a Scottish Government spokesman confirmed that such visits would now be permitted, something he offered a cautious welcome for.

Councillor Delaney said, “My thanks go to all councillors who, in rare show of unity, put their political differences to one side to support people who live alone across our city”.

“I first raised these concerns in a letter to the First Minister on 8th October, and have received no response. It has taken until 12th December for a Scottish Government spokesman to confirm to the Press & Journal that home visits will be permitted for emotional support if someone’s mental health or wellbeing is at risk”.

“According to the report, people across Scotland who are living alone with a disability or mental illness can now have visitors indoors to help combat social isolation without fear of prosecution. I’m just disappointed it has taken so long to get this clarity”.

“Having said that, this is not a free for all, nor should it be. This exemption only applies to people living alone whose mental health or wellbeing is at risk as a result of disability or a caring situation. Even then the guidance on face coverings, hand washing and social distancing should be observed in order to protect those being visited”.

“Charities, third sector organisations and individuals who have been highlighting the detrimental effect of loneliness and isolation on those who live alone and cannot get out and about for health reasons, should be congratulated as we see their hard work pay dividends to thousands of Scots”.

“All we need now is a Ministerial statement in the Scottish Parliament which sets out how this exception works to to whom it applies, both clearly and unequivocally, to ensure that all elderly and disabled people in Scotland who are living alone, are aware of this”.

We Must Address Our Mental Health Crisis

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Since the first lockdown in March, people living alone who are elderly and disabled, have suffered the greatest harm to their mental health and wellbeing as a result of covid restrictions designed to protect them. Each time there’s a surge in covid cases they are effectively locked up in their own homes, recently described by Boris Johnson as being under ‘house arrest’.

Nobody doubts the risks posed by covid to elderly residents and people with underlying health conditions if good clear guidance is ignored but, to date, there has been no attempt to address the harm these restrictions are causing to those who live alone.

People who live alone have been experiencing loneliness and isolation like never before as a result of being cut off from their families. Some people have not had direct contact with anyone other than carers for months.

Others who are self caring but housebound may have seen nobody at all, other than for food and medicine drop offs, made worse by the fact that they are unable to meet people outdoors and, with winter approaching, even more elderly people who normally meet with others outdoors will now find themselves ‘confined to barracks’.

Current guidance permits indoor visits for the purposes of providing care or support a vulnerable person. Such visits should of course be conducted in accordance with guidelines regarding social distancing, face coverings and hand hygiene. However, the guidance is unclear as to whether or not tending to someone’s mental health and wellbeing comes under ‘providing care and support’, with the presumption being that it does not.

Aberdeen councillor Steve Delaney is taking a motion to next Monday’s council meeting seeking to address the issue by asking the council to write to the First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health & Wellbeing asking for clarification that visits to address mental health needs comes under the definition of providing care and support or, if not, to bring forward appropriate changes to guidance which would allow this.

Councillor Delaney said, “Everyone’s primary aim is to keep people safe but the current restrictions make no allowance for elderly or disabled people who live alone. Visits would almost certainly need to be limited in respect of numbers and it would be expected that the same guidelines applying to paid carers would apply. I’m most certainly not suggesting a complete lifting of restrictions in respect of people living alone. That would put lives at risk”.

“Both Governments have based support arrangements around ’social bubbles’ which work well for couples who do not live together and for informal childcare arrangements. Where they fail older people and vulnerable adults is that by forming a bubble with one elderly or vulnerable adult, you exclude doing so with others in your family and many families have more than one elderly or disabled relative. The other issue with bubbles is that we are told there’s no need for social distancing or face coverings and hugs are allowed. Where an individual in a bubble is vulnerable such an approach would be potentially dangerous”.

“Next Monday I’m asking all parties to put their political differences to one side and come together to support elderly and disabled people who live alone and to do it in a safe way. Indeed the same should apply equally to a younger person who is living alone and struggling with their mental health”.

“We all speak about treating mental health on an equal footing with physical health so lets do something about it”.

“I fully appreciate the guidance requires clarification and/or changes at national level, but that does not preclude Aberdeen’s elected councillors showing leadership by uniting in a common cause and reaching out to our national representatives to make this happen”.

“Accordingly and in the spirit of goodwill, I have written to all five political group leaders in advance of the meeting asking for their support. I’m sure many people across Aberdeen, and indeed across Scotland as a whole, will be looking to them to support this proposal and end the isolation being suffered by those are often unable to speak out for themselves”.

New Temporary Traffic Order Imposed – Eday Drive

Start Date and Time : 08 December 2020 08:00

End Date and Time : 08 December 2020 17:00

Location : Eday Drive

Description : In the interest of public safety during City Fibre works Eday Drive will be closed to traffic between Eday Road and the gable end of 1 Eday Drive from 0800 till 1700 on Tuesday the 8th of December, 2020.

The Council regrets any inconvenience that may be caused by this temporary measure, which is in the interest of public safety.

Alternate Route : An alternative Route is available via Eday Road, Stronsay Drive and Gairsay Road.

Draft Project Closes Pending Hearing

Aberdeen City Council’s Special Licensing Committee met for the first time in five years to consider whether or not to object to a renewal application for the Draft Project, a licensed marquee located on Langstane Place. The Special Licensing Objections Committee is the body which determines whether or not the council should object to alcohol licenses which are then determined by the Licensing Board. The committee meets infrequently and only lodges objections in exceptional cases.

The meeting was called as a result of public concerns raised over the complete lack of social distancing, lack of face coverings, shouting and singing which took place recently, much of which has been circulating on social media.

Lib Dem councillor Steve Delaney proposed that the council object to the renewal on the basis of public health, public safety and public nuisance.

He said, “Licensed premises are well versed in managing their venues during events, so they should have been better prepared. We’re right in the middle of a pandemic and the event at Draft Project put their staff, their customers and indeed the general public at increased risk”.

“What we don’t need is another local lockdown and the harm that creates to local people, especially those who are housebound, disabled or living alone. Such actions also reflect poorly on the hospitality sector, risking jobs and livelihoods in so many other venues where they are working hard to keep their customers and staff safe”. 

“The Draft Project is run by Soul, one of the premises linked to the August covid spike which led to the three week local lockdown. That was another incident where there was no social distancing and few, if any, face coverings being worn both inside and outside the premises”. 

“During a pandemic everyone needs to take responsibility and we all need to work together to keep our citizens safe. And this is a time when this council needs to show leadership and do right by its citizens”.

“Any premises which demonstrate complete lack of adherence to strict covid regulations would appear to be putting profit before people and putting lives at risk. Not only the lives of customers and staff but also their families and friends and indeed the wider population”.

 Councillor Ryan Houghton, supported by his two Conservative colleagues moved that Aberdeen City Council should not object to the renewal of the license. He won the vote by 3 votes to 2 with Councillors Delaney and Copeland entering their dissent at the decision.

Later in the day the Licensing Board met to consider the renewal application. They have decided to hold a Public Hearing at a future date to determine whether or not to renew the license. This hearing will give those who have objected an opportunity to have their say. The “occasional licence” for Draft Project expires today and they will not be permitted to re-open prior to the hearing being held.

New Covid Travel Restrictions

From 6pm today (Friday 20 November) the guidance on non-essential travel will become law.

If you live in a Level 4 or 3 local authority area you should avoid any unnecessary travel out of the area except for essential travel

If you live in a level 1 or 2 you should avoid unnecessary travel to places in Level 3 or 4 except for essential purposes.

Essential travel is defined by the Scottish Government as:

* Travel for work, or provide voluntary or charitable services where they cannot be done from your home
* Travel for education
* Travel for essential shopping only where it is not possible in your local area
* Travel for healthcare, social care, childcare or other essential services, including recycling, but only if they are not available in your local area
* Travel to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person
* Travel to visit a person receiving treatment in a hospital, staying in a hospice or care home, or to accompany a pregnant woman, vulnerable person or child to a medical appointment
* Travel for shared parenting or travel between the two parts of an extended household
* Travel to meet a legal obligation
* Travel to move house

Further guidance and a full list of essential travel exemptions can be found on the Scottish Government website.

For avoidance of doubt Aberdeen is currently classified as level 2.

New Temporary Traffic Order Imposed – City Fibre 28 Springhill Road

Start Date and Time : 21 November 2020 08:00
End Date and Time : 22 November 2020 17:00
Location : City Fibre 28 Springhill Road

Description : The effect of the order, which will operate from 08:00 on 21st November, 2020, until 17:00 on 22nd November, 2020 is to impose a temporary prohibition of driving on Springhill Road, Aberdeen, between its junctions with Dickson Terrace and Davidson Place.

There will also be a prohibition of waiting on either side of the same stretch of road Access to properties will be maintained, but no through traffic will be possible.

The measures are necessary to protect public safety during duct laying works being carried out by City Fibre.

Any queries regarding this restriction can be directed to GCU (UK) Ltd on 07940333452, or roadworkscoordination@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Alternate Route : An alternative route or light vehicle traffic is via Dickson Terrace, Davidson Drive and Davidson Gardens; For heavy goods vehicle traffic is via Provost Fraser Drive, Byron Avenue, Quarry Road, Granitehill Road and Provost Rust Drive

New Temporary Traffic Order Imposed – Clova Park

Start Date and Time : 20 November 2020 08:00
End Date and Time : 21 November 2020 17:00

Location : Clova Park

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Description : The effect of the order, which will operate from 08:00 on Friday, 20 November 2020, until 17:00 on Saturday, 21 November 2020, is to impose a temporary prohibition of driving on Clova Park, Aberdeen at its junction with Clova Crescent.

Access will be maintained for local residents. There will also be a prohibition of waiting on either side of the same stretch of road.

Illegally parked vehicles will be removed at the owners’ expense.

The measures are necessary to protect public safety during works for ACC junction resurfacing works. 

Temporary traffic signals with operate at the junction with Clova Crescent from 0800-1700 on both days.

New Temporary Traffic Order Imposed – ENDRICK PLACE

 

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Start Date and Time : 16 November 2020 07:30

End Date and Time : 27 November 2020 17:00

Location : ENDRICK PLACE

Description : The effect of the order, which will operate from 07:30 on Monday, 16 November 2020, until 17:00 on Friday, 27 November 2020, is to impose a temporary prohibition of driving on Endrick Place, Aberdeen.

There will also be a prohibition of waiting on either side of the same stretch of road. Illegally parked vehicles will be removed at the owners’ expense.

The measures are necessary to protect public safety during works for ACC footway resurfacing works. 

‘Spaces For People’ Update

Councillors had their first chance to publicly discuss the temporary “Spaces for People” changes made to road layouts in the city centre and elsewhere at a council committee meeting on Wednesday 28th October.

These temporary changes are part of a Scotland-wide initiative funded by the Scottish Government via the charity Sustrans. The objective of Spaces for People is to make it safer for people to walk, cycle and wheel during the pandemic. Aberdeen City Council was awarded £1.76 million of Spaces for People funding. 

As these temporary changes were made as part of the emergency response to the pandemic, decisions were made by council managers and not by councillors. 

The initial changes in the city centre were made without any consultation with residents and businesses. There has been consultation with residents and businesses about the more recent changes – but until the meeting Wednesday 28th October decisions were still being made by managers and not councillors.

The committee meeting instructed council staff to review the impact and effectiveness of the various changes made and report this back to the committee’s next meeting. The committee also agreed to remove most of the temporary changes made at the Beach Esplanade.

Better communication needed
My Liberal Democrat colleagues and I support the objectives of Spaces for People (protecting health and lives) but have made it clear to council managers that we have concerns about some of the specific changes made. We have also repeatedly said that we believe the council needs to improve consultation and communication about these changes.

Introduction Of New smoke Detector Regulations Delayed By 12 Months

The Scottish Government has announced that it is going to ask Parliament to delay the introduction of new requirements for smoke, heat and carbon monoxide detectors in homes in Scotland until February 2022.

The new regulations were due to come into force from February 2021.

These regulations will apply to all tenures. and I]it is the responsibility of each homeowner or landlord to ensure homes they own comply with the new regulations. 

Key points of the new regulations include:

  • one smoke alarm installed in the room most frequently used for general daytime living purposes
  • one smoke alarm in every circulation space on each storey, such as hallways and landings
  • one heat alarm installed in every kitchen
  • All alarms should be ceiling mounted and interlinked.

In addition, where there is a carbon-fuelled appliance – such as a boiler, fire (including an open fire) or heater – or a flue in a room, a carbon monoxide detector is also required. Carbon monoxide detectors do not need to be linked to the fire alarms.

You can find more information about the new regulations on the Scottish Government website.

Clearing Leaves From Footways

Council street cleaning staff have now started the work of clearing fallen leaves from pavements and street gutters across Aberdeen. To work as efficiently as possible, they do this area by area.

This leaf clearing work will be carried out over the next 10-12 weeks.

During that time, council staff do not follow the usual sweeping routes and programmes but concentrate on leaf fall hots spots and areas prone to flooding. That means some places will receive several visits from street cleaning staff over the next few weeks.

If you know of a particular problem area where fallen leaves are a hazard or may cause flooding, please do let me know and I will ask council staff to prioritise it.

Scottish Government Announces Plans For National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher

National 5
There will be no National 5 exams next year. An alternative certification model will be developed based on teacher judgement and this will be supported by resources which are currently being developed and quality assurance measures will be in place to ensure consistency across the country.

Guidance on evidence gathering and estimation was published by the Scottish Qualifications Authority a few days ago and further guidance will be issued on exactly what will be required of schools, staff and of course candidates after October. The focus will be on the quality of evidence rather than on the quantity and teachers’ professional judgement will remain of key importance.

Higher and Advanced Higher
The current planning assumes that exams will go ahead but the exams will start two weeks later than usual, on 13th May 2021, giving an additional two weeks of teaching time compared to previous years. A contingency plan is also being developed should exams not be able to proceed again next year as a result of the pandemic.

We Must Protect The Elderly and Disabled Without Placing Them Under House Arrest

Whilst it’s important that public health concerns are acted upon and restrictions observed, both Governments are causing confusion with the ever changing regulations and more so with some of the mixed messages they are sending out.

You can meet loved ones in a pub full of strangers but you can’t meet in your home or theirs where there will be less people and where you can put in place your own safety measures. That’s only one of a handful of conflicting messages being promoted at Government level.  

Lib Dem councillor Steve Delaney said, “It’s vital that all restrictions must be complied with and we cannot pick and chose which ones we can ignore, unlike some prominent individuals who really should have known better”.

“There’s no excuse for breaking the law but I believe the time has come to challenge those who represent us to explore how we can better support those who live alone. We need to end their isolation and give them hope”.

“Accordingly I have written to the First Minister asking her to work with her medical and scientific advisors in order to put an end to this cruel loneliness which is being imposed on our elderly relatives, especially those who are disabled and/or housebound”.

“I wish to be clear that elderly and disabled people should not be put at greater risk as a result of any change. Instead, what I’m proposing is a “safe visiting protocol” with appropriate restrictions where necessary, to allow for visits to resume with everyone knowing what precautions need to be observed to help them keep their loved ones safe”.

“Although it’s vital that we keep at risk groups safe from covid, we need a rethink in order to end their “house arrest” and take care of their mental health and wellbeing”.

My letter to the First Minister can be viewed here.

New Temporary Traffic Order Imposed – Eday Road City Fibre PN273

Start Date and Time : 22 October 2020 08:00 


End Date and Time : 02 December 2020 17:00

Location : Eday Road City Fibre PN273

Description : Aberdeen City Council has made the above-named order in terms of its powers under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

The effect of the order, which will operate from 08:00 on 22nd October, 2020, until 17:00 on 2nd December, 2020, is to impose a temporary prohibition of waiting on either side on the following streets between 08:00 and 17:00 Mon-Sat; Bressay Brae, Cava Close, Eday Court, Eday Gardens, Eday Road, Fara Close, Lang Stracht, Ronaldsay Road, Ronaldsay Square, Samphrey Road, Shapinsay Court, Shapinsay Road, Shapinsay Square, Swannay Road, Swannay Square, Aberdeen.

Due to any ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, the no-waiting restrictions will not be implemented for the full duration of the order and will only be implemented as and when required.

The no-waiting restrictions will be demarcated by the use of no-waiting cones for no more than 50 metres at a time.

For an update as to when the no-waiting restrictions will be implemented please contact GCU (UK) Ltd on 07940333452

The measures are necessary to protect public safety during duct laying works being carried out by City Fibre.

Any queries regarding this restriction can be directed to GCU (UK) Ltd on 07940333452 

New Temporary Traffic Order Imposed – Sumburgh Crescent Lewis Road

Start Date and Time : 05 October 2020 08:00 

End Date and Time : 16 October 2020 17:00 
Location : Sumburgh Crescent Lewis Road

Description : The effect of the order, which will operate from 08:00 on Monday, 5 October 2020, until 17:00 on Friday, 16 October 2020, is to impose a temporary prohibition of driving on Sumburgh Crecent, Aberdeen, between its northern junction with Lewis Road and the parking bay 15m in a southerly direction.

Once works are completed at the junction there will then be a one-way restriction on Sumburgh Crecent, Aberdeen, from the junction at the southern boundary of number 8 Sumburgh Crescent to Lewis Road.

The permitted direction of travel will be northbound only. An alternative route for both restrictions is available via the western junction of Sumburgh Crescent and Lewis Road.

For the duration of the order there will be a prohibition of waiting on the east side Sumburgh Crecent, Aberdeen, from the junction at the southern boundary of number 8 Sumburgh Crescent to Lewis Road, and on the west side of Sumburgh Crecent, Aberdeen, from the junction at the southern boundary of number 8 Sumburgh Crescent to Hillswick Road, and also on either side of Lewis Road, Aberdeen, from its junction with Orkney Avenue to a point 25m north of its junction with Shetland Walk.

Illegally parked vehicles will be removed at the owners’ expense. The measures are necessary to protect public safety during works for BT Openreach.

Any queries regarding this restriction can be directed to Wright Traffic Management on 01466 751316, or info@wtm.scot

Alternate Route : An alternative route for both restrictions is available via the western junction of Sumburgh Crescent and Lewis Road. 

New Temporary Traffic Order Imposed – C128C Cults-Kingshill Road, Aberdeen

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Start Date and Time : 21 September 2020 06:00 
End Date and Time : 20 December 2020 22:00

Location : C128C Cults-Kingshill Road, Aberdeen

Description : The effect of the order, which will operate from 06:00 on 21 September 2020, until 22:00 on 20 December 2020, is to impose a temporary prohibition of driving on the C128C Cults-Kingshill, Aberdeen, between its junction with Kingswells Roundabout and Nether Kingshill.

Access to properties will be maintained, but no through traffic will be possible.

The measure is necessary to protect public safety during carriageway reconstruction works.

Any queries regarding this restriction can be directed to WM Donald on 01569 730590, or info@wmdonald.co.uk

Alternate Route : An alternative route is available via the A944 Skene Road, B9119 Skene Road, Queen’s Road, King’s Gate, Anderson Drive, Seafield Road, and Countesswells Road. 

New Temporary Traffic Order Imposed – Shedocksley Road

Start Date and Time : 12 October 2020 08:00

End Date and Time : 30 October 2020 00:00

Location : Shedocksley Road

Description : The effect of the order, which will operate from 08:00 on Monday, 28 September 2020, until 17:00 on Friday, 16 October 2020, is to impose a temporary prohibition of driving on Sheddocksley Road, Aberdeen, between two points 10m either side of its junction with Auchlea Place.

There will also be a prohibition of waiting on the same stretch of road. Illegally parked vehicles will be removed at the owners’ expense.

The measures are necessary to protect public safety during gas and water connection works.

Any queries regarding this restriction can be directed to Nicol of Skene on 01224 74443, or enquiries@nicolofskene.com

Alternate Route : An alternative route is available via Auchlea Road and Sheddocksley Drive.

Winter Maintenance Plan Published

Aberdeen City Council’s Winter Maintenance Plan has been published. The document is very similar to last year’s retaining the same priority system for the clearance of roads and footways. The full plan can be found here and the progress of gritters can be tracked here.

There are over 900 grit bins in residential areas across the city. As in previous years the council is not accepting any requests for additional grit bins. You can locate your nearest one on this map.

There will be a contact number on all grit bins which can be called when it requires topping up.

Applications for the one tonne salt bag will be opening up in about two weeks and these too can now be topped up if they start running low. Please keep checking this link or the local press for details.

Liberal Democrat Operations Spokesman Steve Delaney said, “This winter is likely be a challenging one, regardless of of its severity with the unknown additional issues the covid-19 pandemic may show up”.

“The Liberal Democrats have for some years advocated making resources available to community groups so that we can all do our bit to help keep footways within our own streets clear of snow and ice”.

“I am therefore pleased to see the continuation of the large community grit bags in 20 locations across the city as well as the one tonne community salt bags. The only issue with these community salt bags was the difficulty experiences in distributing contents to community members. That’s why I welcome the distribution of smaller bags with these for residents to fill up and take away”.

“This does not in any way absolve the council’s of its responsibility to keep all main routes clear and to do are much as they can on other routes subject to prevailing weather conditions. It’s more about all of us who are able to do so, keeping our own little patch cleared and helping out those who are less able”.

“With the council likely to be under additional pressures this year due to covid-19 we’re all going to need to pull together to help each other and in particular to look out for elderly and disabled neighbours who may find themselves struggling if we’re hit by a particularly bad winter”.

Aberdeen to Westhill Corridor Study – Public Consultation

Aberdeen City Council has just launched an online public and stakeholder engagement on the Aberdeen to Westhill corridor.

The purpose of this study is to consider options to improve transport connections along the A944 and A9119 (formerly the B9119) i.e. Westhill – Kingswells – Lang Stracht – Queens Road – City Centre corridors.

It builds upon an initial stakeholder engagement undertaken earlier this year and it seeks feedback on the options for improvement that have been developed so far.

This study is independent of the Westhill to Kingswells Cycle Connectivity study being undertaken simultaneously by Aecom, although options identified through this study will be integrated with any identified options as part of this project.

This is being undertaken in the context of the revised Roads Hierarchy and in response to repeated calls for active travel improvements along the corridor and it’s identification as a priority corridor for improvement by the North East Bus Alliance.

Among other things, it is hoped that the outcomes of the study can feed into ACC’s application for a share of the bus priority infrastructure funding identified in the most recent Programme for Government once this becomes available.

Although the study commenced prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, consideration is being given to both the potential short- and longer-term transport impacts of the pandemic as much as these can be anticipated at this time. 

Liberal Democrat Transport Spokesman Steve Delaney said, “This study looks towards creating much improved infrastructure in our area and potentially affects all of us by way of our links to and from the city centre. A balance needs to be struck between the needs of different groups of road users to hopefully result in improvements along the A944/Lang Stracht and Skene Road/Queens Road corridors which will bring benefits to all”.

“It’s unfortunate that no face to face exhibitions can be undertaken at this time, making it even more important that you make your views known by completing the online consultation exercise”.

Please take a few minutes to make your views known. The consultation document can be found here.

A further round of engagement, on the final outcomes and recommendations of the study, will take place at a future date.

Closure Of Kingswells To Cults Road

Off-site works recently recommenced on the new road which is to replace the existing C128C Kingswells to Cults road. The consortium behind the new Countesswells development have been in touch to confirm they are nearing the point where it will prove necessary to close the existing road.

There will be a signed diversion for the duration of the closure which will be advised by Aberdeen City Council Roads Department.

Once completed, the West Link Road, incorporating a cycle way and pavement from Kingswells through the development, will provide a much needed upgrade with improved safety for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. 

Local Lib Dem councillor Steve Delaney said, “These works, which were delayed as a result of the pandemic, will inevitably cause significant inconvenience to anyone who uses the C128C to get to and from work. However, the end result will be a brand new much improved route which will benefit everyone”.

“The period of closure has been kept to a minimum as a result of some off site works having been progressed in advance of the closure. In addition, with the AWPR Kingswells South junction works now completed, we’re no longer facing the prospect of two major roads projects running concurrently as had originally been envisaged”.

The road closure will take place as at 21st September 2020 for a period of 13 weeks to 20 December 2020.

VSA Carers Magazine

Voluntary Service Aberdeen are celebrating their 150th anniversary in 2020.

One of the many services they offer is support for unpaid carers, often those who help look after family members with disabilities or medical conditions.

Although their activities have had to adapt as a result of not being able to visit people in their own homes or facilitate group meetings, they have, nonetheless, continued to support carers throughout the pandemic.

Their Autumn 2020 newsletter is now available online. A copy can be found here. It’s an interesting read which provides a useful resource for unpaid carers everywhere.

Please pass on this link to other carers in our area.

New Temporary Traffic Order Imposed – Eday Road (from Rousay Drive to Eday Drive)

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Start Date and Time : 14 September 2020 07:30
End Date and Time : 25 September 2020 17:00

Location : Eday Road (from Rousay Drive to Eday Drive)

Description : The effect of the order, which will operate from 07:30 on 14 September, 2020, until 17:00 on 25 September, 2020, is to close Eday Road from Rousay Drive to Eday Drive, Aberdeen.

Access to homes and businesses will be maintained. There will also be a prohibition of waiting between 07:30 to 17:00 Monday to Friday, on either side of same stretch of carriageway.

The no-waiting restrictions will be demarcated by the use of no-waiting cones. Illegally parked vehicles will be removed at the owner’s expense.

The restrictions are in the interests of public safety during ACC resurfacing works.

Alternate Route : Stronsay Drive, Langstracht, Rousay Drive and vice versa.

Aberdeen Local Lockdown Latest Update 23 August 2020

Aberdeen’s local lockdown is being lifted over the next few days. This follows on from a row between Aberdeen City Council’s co-leaders and the Scottish Government on 20th August with the council co-leaders arguing against the decision not to lift restrictions at that time.

Liberal Democrats in Aberdeen have said there must be no place for politics in decisions about the city’s local lockdown. A lockdown is not a game of chess. It is only imposed when absolutely necessary in order to get Covid-19 back under control and to keep people safe. Decisions on how and when restrictions are lifted needs to be based on medical and scientific guidance.

Commenting on the lifting of the local lockdown Councillor Yuill said, “The decision by the Scottish Government to end Aberdeen’s local lockdown is welcome. Every day the lockdown continued – necessary though that was – damaged local businesses, jobs, and Aberdeen’s economy”.

“The commitment of people in Aberdeen to sticking to the local lockdown rules and the hard work of NHS staff has driven down the Coronavirus infection rate to a point where it is now possible to end the local lockdown”.

“Every single person and business in Aberdeen must continue to stick to all the rules and guidelines to minimise the risk of a further Coronavirus outbreak in Aberdeen. A further outbreak, with the attached risk of a further local lockdown, would be disastrous for our city and its economy.”

Changes announced on 23rd August were as follows:-

▶︎ Restrictions on visiting people indoors lifted from 24 August

▶︎ Limitations on care home and hospital visits lifted from 24 August

▶︎ Five mile limit on non-essential travel lifted from 24 August

▶︎ Organised outdoor contact sports, some outdoor live events, driving lessons, child contact centres, face-to-face advice services, bingo halls, amusement arcades and casinos, snooker and pool halls, indoor bowling and both static and travelling funfairs can re-open – subject to strict adherence to guidance and appropriate safety measures such as physical distancing with effect from 24 August.

However, this excludes any hospitality element within them (see next item)

▶︎ Restaurants, pubs, casinos and other hospitality businesses can open from 26 August subject to environmental health checks.

The Scottish Government has not ruled out extending restrictions if necessary to protect public health.

Local councillor Steve Delaney said, “The lifting of restrictions on meeting people indoors and on hospital and care home visits will mean so much to so many people who have once again been cut off from family and friends as a result of the reckless behaviour of others. Lets all work together to ensure this never happens again”.

“In our family we have adopted Preston’s “Don’t kill Granny” motto. When we visit elderly relatives we wear face coverings in communal areas and when entering their homes until we reach the living room and able to maintain a safe 2m distance. In the end it’s all about keeping those we love safe so that once this is all over, they are still around to enjoy a visit”.

“In my view it’s still too soon for pubs to be permitted to re-open, given recent experiences. Keeping our schools open and being able to visit elderly and disabled family members ranks so much higher on my list.”

“However, previous guidance, which was not always adhered to, is now being backed by enforcement powers and fines, so lets just hope that’s enough to reinforce the need for adherence to the remaining restrictions and avoid any further local lockdowns”.

Aberdeen’s Liberal Democrats Call For Face Coverings On Dedicated School Transport

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Scotland’s national Clinical Director Jason Leitch has been reinforcing the requirement for social distancing in school environments.

https://www.scotsman.com/health/professor-jason-leitch-tougher-measures-aberdeen-schools-if-officials-lose-control-cluster-2937497

To improve safety, Aberdeen City Council’s Liberal Democrat Group is calling for the wearing of face coverings to be made compulsory on dedicated school buses. Currently, face coverings are compulsory on public transport but not on Council managed school buses.

More information on the provision of school buses is at:

https://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/services/education-and-childcare/school-life/school-transport

Liberal Democrat Education spokesman Councillor Martin Greig said:

“There have been cases of covid19 infection in schools so it is vital to take every possible opportunity to encourage and enforce physical distancing. There should be a consistent message to wear a face covering when travelling on the bus. Council operated school buses should not have a different policy. People can just get confused when the safety rules vary so much from one situation to the next. It is reasonable to expect that everyone travelling in close proximity should cover up”.

“If face coverings can’t be made enforceable on school transport, this should be a very strong recommendation from the Council. This is a clear commitment not just for the safety of the bus passenger but also for the wellbeing of every individual they later come into close contact with.”

Opposition Leaders’ Joint Call For Council Meeting To Take Place

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Aberdeen’s Liberal Democrat and SNP councillors have accused Aberdeen City Council’s ruling Conservative, Aberdeen Labour and Independent coalition of running scared of democratic accountability after they rejected an opposition call to hold a council meeting in August.

SNP Group Leader Alex Nicoll said, “In March, at a meeting of the Urgent Business Committee, we agreed a range of emergency measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic including reducing decision making to a core of five Councillors and delegating decision making to officers. Whilst that made sense at the time, it soon became clear that these special arrangements were not needed. Other councils across Scotland adapted to the changing situation by holding virtual committees and council meetings.”

Liberal Democrat Group Leader Ian Yuill commented, “In May, we urged that the council reinstate the meetings of its committees and the full council. Disgracefully, the Conservative, Aberdeen Labour and Independent coalition refused to even add that to the agenda of the council’s Urgent Business Committee meeting that month.”

Alex Nicoll added, “When the Conservative, Aberdeen Labour and Independent councillors finally agreed with us that council committee meetings should restart there was a sting in the tail – they cancelled the August meeting of the council!”

Earlier this week, Councillors Yuill & Nicoll wrote to the Co-leaders of Aberdeen City Council, Councillors Jenny Laing and Douglas Lumsden, and Independent Leader Councillor Marie Boulton, calling for the reinstatement of the August meeting of the council.

Councillors Laing, Lumsden and Boulton rejected the request to hold a council meeting.

Alex Nicoll said, “ Given the last meeting of Council was in March and there is no scheduled meeting until December, there will be some nine months before all councillors have the opportunity to meet together to take decisions that require to be taken by Aberdeen City Council.

“I am at a complete loss to understand why the ruling administration feel there is no business for the full council to discuss given the recent events in the city and the calls from businesses and ordinary folk to address the issues affecting us all during these most difficult times.”

Ian Yuill added, “This has nothing to do with party politics and everything to do with accountability. Aberdeen’s citizens expect all their councillors to be meeting to discuss the major issues affecting our city, not least the impact of the current local lockdown on individuals and businesses across Aberdeen. The ruling coalition‘s refusal to agree to hold a council meeting is an abandonment of their responsibility. They are clearly running scare of democratic accountability.”

Scottish Exam Results Chaos

I am very pleased for all the young people whose hard work and ability is now going to be properly recognised by the regrading of National 4 and 5, Higher and Advanced Higher results.

This whole disgraceful shambles was the fault of an arrogant Education Secretary and Scottish Government who refused to listen to repeated warnings that the scheme adopted to make the awards was grossly flawed. As a result they put tens of thousands of young people across Scotland through a hugely difficult week.

Like many other young people and parents, I will never forgive John Swinney and the Scottish Government for what they have put our young people through.

Have Your say On Draft Regional Transport Strategy

The North East transport partnership Nestrans is carrying out a consultation on a range of proposals for travel in Aberdeen City and Shire in the coming years.

The strategy is grouped into six themes:

  • Plans for travel in the city centre
  • Increasing walking and cycling
  • A focus on alternative energy
  • Enhancing connectivity through fit-for-purpose road links
  • Plans to address the challenges of rurality
  • Cross-Rail and InterCity Rail enhancements

Full information on the draft Regional Transport Strategy and how to take part in the consultation is available at Nestrans2040.org.uk

All comments on the draft Regional Transport Strategy must be submitted by Friday 16th October.

Large Vehicles, Vans & Trailers Can Now Use Recycling Centres But You Need To Book A Slot

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Household Waste & Recycling Centres (HWRCs) are now permitting entry to large vehicles, vans and vehicles with trailers but residents must book a time slot first.

Following the re-opening of HWRCs there have been long queues as residents get rid of the build up of materials for disposal which have accumulated over the lockdown. Queues are still lengthy but they are not nearly as bad as they were when these facilities first opened.

The lockdown was a great time to do a spring clean but not a good time to get rid of anything as HWRCs were closed for about three months. Similarly, garden waste collections are initially stopped, then resumed on a reduced frequency.

Not all materials which were previously accepted are currently being accepted as some reprocessing facilities are still no open. If you are intending visiting a HWRC please check online first as the list of items which can be accepted is increasing but not yet back to normal.

Cars typically spend about 5 minutes on site but larger vehicles can take around 20 minutes, so a booking system has been introduced to allow larger vehicles to use the facility on a controlled basis to try to ensure everyone can access the site.

Those in cars, 4×4 vehicles (SUVs), MPVs (up to 7 seats) and small vans (car-like vans) do not need to book and can continue to use the sites freely as they do now.

Larger vehicles that require an appointment include; 

  • Transit-type vans 
  • Cars with trailers   
  • People carriers above 7 seater capacity  
  • Pick up trucks 
  • Vans with a capacity above 4 cubic metres 

Same day bookings are not possible, and residents should book at least the day before their visit. Booking a slot does not give priority access and people with bookings will still require to queue at busy times.

Lib Dem councillor Steve Delaney said, “I’m pleased to see these facilities opening up to larger vehicles. Residents have been struggling to store excess waste and recycling in recent months and will be delighted to hear of this change”.

“There was always a balance to be struck and allowing access to as many vehicles as possible in the course of a day was essential in the interests of fairness”.

Now that queues are becoming more manageable it’s only right that we open up capacity to larger vehicles but that capacity remains limited and will hopefully increase over time”.

The four HWRC sites are operating normal summer opening hours from 10am to 7.45pm from Monday to Friday, and from 9am to 7.45pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The Tullos site is closed on Wednesdays.

Upon arrival, you will need to show proof of address (i.e. council tax bill, utility bill, bank statement), your booking reference number and hire vehicle documentation if applicable.  

Latest updates on HWRCs can be found here.

Local Lockdown In Aberdeen

The Scottish Government imposed a local lockdown in Aberdeen which took effect on 5th August 2020. The decision was taken following a significant rise in covid-19 cases over the previous weekend. Infections have been traced to around 30 premises in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. The lockdown affects the entire area administered by Aberdeen City council.

Amongst the re-imposed restrictions we can no longer visit friends or family indoors. This is undoubtedly the hardest one to bear, especially where elderly relatives are infirm or housebound and therefore unable to go outdoors to socialise.

As a result of this local increase in covid cases the following measures are now in place. These will next be reviewed on 12th August then weekly thereafter.

  • Residents of the city should not travel more than five miles for leisure or recreational purposes.
  • If you live outwith Aberdeen you should only travel in to attend work or to attend an educational establishment.
  • Indoor and outdoor hospitality has been closed down. Take away facilities can remain open.
  • Hotel restaurants can remain open – but to provide food for residents only
  • Residents of the city should not go into other peoples’ homes unless they are part of their extended household.

Further guidance on the local Aberdeen restrictions are available at Coronavirus restrictions in Aberdeen.

Covid-19 Spike In Aberdeen

Many residents have expressed their anger at scenes such as those seen outside Soul (above). Queueing with no social distancing outside a number of other city centre licensed premises was also observed.

Kingswells, Sheddocksley, Summerhill councillor Steve Delaney said, “We have all sacrificed so much during the lockdown in order to take us to a position where it has become possible for shops and other businesses to re-open safely and, more importantly, for us to be able to visit family and friends once more”.

“Covid-19 has not gone away, it is not yet beaten, it remains an invisible killer and I can’t emphasise that strongly enough. Anyone who is experiencing covid-like symptoms needs to self isolate and contact NHS 111 to be tested. Ignoring the symptoms and going out and about is totally irresponsible and puts other people’s lives at risk”.

“I look forward to the day when we can all enjoy getting out and about and socialising with friends and family without the current restrictions. Sadly, last weekend’s disregard for social distancing may well have pushed that goal further away”.

Liberal Democrat Group Leader Ian Yuill said

What happened outside Soul – and I am told some other venues – over the weekend must not be allowed to happen ever again. Crowds like this put everyone single one of us at risk”.

“Venues need to manage their premises, marquees and queues responsibly. Individuals visiting pubs and bars must also take responsibility for their actions and stick to the rules, observe social distancing and help keep themselves and others safe.

The current spike in Coronavirus cases in Aberdeen shows just how infectious and dangerous this virus is. It also makes very clear just how vital it is that every single one of us and every single business sticks to the lockdown rules. We cannot afford to let our guard down. The last thing anybody wants is for more people to become infected, the infection spike to get worse and for even more people to lose their lives to Coronavirus.

Steve concluded, “We have managed to keep the spread of covid-19 at a low level in Aberdeen during the lockdown but I fear we may risk everything unless we learn lessons from this outbreak and act upon those lessons”.

Many people will understandably concerned if they have been visiting pubs, cafes, restaurants and other food and drink establishments last weekend. More information on what to do if you are experiencing symptoms can be found here.

Venues Affected By the Covid-19 Outbreak And What To Do If You Are Concerned

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If you visited any of the named venues last weekend you may be understandably concerned. If you are exhibiting covid-like symptoms you are required to self isolate and call NHS on 111 for further advice. You can self refer yourself to be tested but only if you presently have symptoms.

Otherwise if it is considered likely you may have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for covid-19 after having visiting one of the listed venues, you will be contacted directly by NHS Test & Protect who will issue appropriate instructions. However, it may take a few days for everyone to be contacted.

The list of venues which has been published by NHS Grampian as having been affected by the covid-19 outbreak are as follows:

1. Bieldside Inn

2. Bobbin

3. Brewdog

4. Buckie Farm Carvery

5. Café Andaluz

6. Café Dag

7. Café Drummond

8. Cock & Bull (The) (Balmedie)

9. College Bar

10. Dutch Mill (The)

11. Dyce Carvery

12. East End Social Club

13. Ferryhill House Hotel

14. Hawthorn/Adam Lounge

15. Howff (The)

16. Justice Mill (The)

17. Marine Hotel (The)

18. McGintys’s

19. McNastys

20. Malmaison

21. Moonfish Café

22. No.10 Bar

23. O’Donoghues

24. Old Bank Bar

25. Prohibition

26. Soul

27. Spiders Web

28. The Draft Project

There were also four leisure settings named – Aboyne Golf Club; Deeside Golf Club; Hazelhead Golf Club; Banks O’Dee Football Club.

Scottish Government Definition Of Extended Household

A number of people have asked what an extended household is and just as many others have completely misunderstood what does and does not constitute an extended household.

The following is the exact wording from the Scottish Government’s definition reprinted here so you don’t have to try to find it within a long document which also covers other issues.

Forming an extended household

The regulations have been changed to allow 2 households to be able to form an extended household group.

In Phase 3, our advice is that extended household groups may be appropriate for people who live alone and/or people who are in a relationship, but don’t live with their partner.  

People who live alone

If you are an adult and you live alone, or if all the others in your household are under 18, you, any children who live with you, and the members of one other household (of any size) can agree to form an ‘extended household’.  

Everyone in the extended household will be able to act, and will be treated, as if they live in one household – meaning they can spend time together inside each other’s homes and not need to stay at least 2 metres apart. 

This will allow people who live alone (or those living only with children under the age of 18) to be considered part of another household in order to reduce loneliness, isolation and to provide mutual social support. 

However, we know that if one member of a household gets coronavirus, there is a strong likelihood that other members of that household will also catch it. For this reason, there are some important rules which extended households should follow to remain as safe as possible:

  • one of the households must be a person who lives alone (or who lives only with children under 18 years old) 
  • a household should not form an extended household with more than one other household 
  • households can end the arrangement at any time, but should not then form an extended household with a new household
  • this means that all the adults living in both households should agree to form the extended household. We would also encourage parents or guardians to discuss this with any children in their household. This is an important decision that should be properly discussed and agreed beforehand

If someone in the extended household develops COVID-19 symptoms, all members of the extended household must isolate immediately if they met the symptomatic person 2 days before and up to 10 days after their symptoms started.

If the symptomatic person tests positive, all members of their direct household must isolate for 14 days from the start of symptoms. And other members of the extended household must isolate for 14 days from when the most recent contact took place. Isolate means staying in your own home for the full 14 days.

Those who have been advised to shield and those at a higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus (including people over 70, people who are pregnant and people with an underlying medical condition) may  take part in an extended household arrangement, but should strictly follow the handwashing, surface cleaning and respiratory hygiene guidance on the NHS Inform website.

Once two households have agreed to form an extended household they may meet outdoors or indoors, visit and stay at each others’ homes, and do everything that people in other households can do, such as watch TV, share a meal and look after each other’s children.

Physical distancing between members of an extended household is not required, but you should continue to follow advice on the NHS Inform website about handwashing, surface cleaning and respiratory hygiene. For example you should wash your hands frequently with soap and water, and cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. 

Members of an extended household are considered to be one household for the  legal requirements on meeting other households and going outside, and for the guidance in this document about seeing friends and family and about exercise and leisure activity. 

Couples who do not live together

If two adults are in a relationship and they do not live together they, and any children they each live with, can agree to form an ‘extended household group’.  

Everyone in the extended household will be able to act, and will be treated, as if they live in one household – meaning they can spend time together inside each other’s homes and not need to stay at least 2 metres apart. 

However, we know that if one member of a household gets coronavirus, there is a strong likelihood that other members of that household will also catch it. For this reason, there are some important rules that extended households should follow to remain as safe as possible:

  • a household should not form an extended household with more than one other household 
  • households can end the arrangement at any time, but should not then form an extended household with a new household

We would also encourage parents or guardians to discuss extended household arrangements with any children in their household. This is an important decision that should be properly discussed and agreed beforehand

If someone in the extended household develops COVID-19 symptoms, all members of the extended household must isolate immediately if they met the symptomatic person 2 days before and up to 10 days after their symptoms started.

If the symptomatic person tests positive, all members of their direct household must isolate for 14 days from the start of symptoms. And other members of the extended household must isolate for 14 days from when the most recent contact took place. Isolate means staying in your own home for the full 14 days.

Members of an extended household are considered to be one household for the  legal requirements on meeting other households and going outside, and for the guidance in this document about seeing friends and family and about exercise and leisure activity.

New Temporary Traffic Order Imposed – Sheddocksley Drive, Derbeth Crescent.

Start Date and Time : 07 September 2020 08:00

End Date and Time : 11 September 2020 22:00

Location : Sheddocksley Drive, Derbeth Crescent.

Description : The effect of the order, which will operate from 08:00 on Monday, 7 September 2020, until 22:00 on Friday, 11 September 2020, is to impose a temporary prohibition of driving on Sheddocksley Drive, Aberdeen, from the footpath leading to numbers 19 to 27 Sheddocksley Drive, to the boundary between numbers 37 and 39 Sheddocksley Drive.

There will also be a prohibition of waiting on the same stretch of road. Illegally parked vehicles will be removed at the owner’s expense.

Access to properties will be maintained, but no through traffic will be possible. Alternative routes are available via Windford Road and there will also be a prohibition of waiting on either side of Derbeth Crescent, Aberdeen, from its junction with Sheddocksley Drive, to the electricity sub-station access.

The measure is necessary to protect public safety during works by BT Openreach.

Alternate Route : Sheddocksley Road, and via Derbeth Crescent and Dinbaith Place.

New Temporary Traffic Order Imposed – Willowpark Crescent

Start Date and Time : 07 September 2020 09:30 

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End Date and Time : 18 September 2020 15:30

Location : Willowpark Crescent

Description : The effect of the order, which will operate from 09:30 on 7 September 2020, until 15:30 on 18 September 2020, is to impose a temporary prohibition of driving on Willowpark Crescent, Aberdeen, from the western boundary of number 14 Willowpark Crescent to the eastern boundary of number 13 Willowpark Crescent.

Access to properties will be maintained, but no through traffic will be possible. There will also be a one-way restriction on Willowpark Crescent, Aberdeen, from the western boundary of number 14 Willowpark Crescent to its junction with Mastrick Drive.

The permitted direction of travel will be westbound only. Also, there Prohibition of waiting on either side of Willowpark Crescent, Aberdeen, from the western boundary of number 7 Willowpark Crescent to the eastern boundary of number 15 Willowpark Crescent.

Illegally parked vehicles will be removed at the owner’s expense. The measure is necessary to protect public safety during sewer repair works by Scottish Water.

Alternate Route : An alternative route is available via Mastrick Drive, Muirfield Road, Willowpark Place, and Muirfield Place. 

Treatment Of Weeds On Footways

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A number of residents have raised concerns about the weeds growing on pavements and in gutters in our area.

Lib Dem councillor Steve Delaney said, “Like grass cutting, the spraying of weeds was not an activity permitted during the initial lockdown so weeds have grown to an unusually high level and have spread like wildfire”.

“The council employs a contractor to carry out this task and they commenced work a few weeks ago. Weather permitting, all weeds should hopefully have been treated by 7th August”.

Please do not hesitate to contact me about any areas of weeds that appear to have been missed by the contractors.

End of Temporary Traffic Order – A90, A944 Westhill Road

Start Date and Time : 31 July 2020 22:00 

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End Date and Time : 05 August 2020 06:00

Location : A90, A944 Westhill Road

Description : The effect of the order, which will operate from 22:00 in the evening until 06:00 the following morning, beginning 31 July, 2020 until 5 August, 2020 is to close the northbound slip road on A90, Aberdeen at the Kingswells south junction.

Schools Return Between 12th – 15th August

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All parents will receive communications from both Aberdeen City Council and their child’s school in the next few days reminding them of the date/time of the planned induction session for their child along with any additional information they may require.

Induction sessions will take place at some point between 12th and 15th August with all children expected to return to school full time from 17th August.

These induction sessions are needed to introduce new children to P1 and S1 and also to familiarise all children and young people with the additional measures which have been introduced in order to reduce the likelihood of Covid-19 being spread within schools.

Some changes such as the use of hand sanitiser when entering different classrooms, management of breaks (including lunch breaks) and movement within school buildings will be common to all schools, whereas certain schools may require children and young people to become familiar with additional requirements.

The age and layout of the school, whether it’s a primary or secondary and a number of other distinct factors will dictate which measures are required at individual schools.

Aberdeen City Council has updated their information to parents and carers on the re-opening of schools and this can be found here.

New Bus Timetables

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First Aberdeen has announced new timetables commencing on 3rd August. This represents to gearing up of public transport operators to accommodate the forthcoming re-opening of our schools and the expected increase in passenger numbers as more people come off furlough, returning to work in the coming weeks.

All buses will continue to operate at reduced capacities to allow for social distancing, so passengers are still being asked to sit in window seats and keep a row of seats between themselves and other passengers. Where double deckers are in use, more able bodied passengers are asked to sit upstairs to leave downstairs seats free for those who may not manage the stairs.

As capacity is currently reduced on buses, passengers with smart phones are asked to download the First Bus or Stagecoach APP as this gives live departure times and displays the number of seats expected to be free when the bus reaches your stop. Passengers are also asked to allow extra time for their journey as they may not be able to board their intended bus and will have to wait for the next one, or even the one after that.

Passengers are reminded that face coverings are required and anyone not wearing one, who is not exempt from doing so, is liable to face a £100 fine. Although face coverings are not mandatory at bus stops, it is recommended that you wear one in enclosed spaces such as bus shelters and other places where it may not be possible to socially distance.

Please note that, although Stagecoach also has new timetables from 3rd August on some of its routes, no changes have been made to the Kingswells services.

New timetables from First Aberdeen can be found here.

“Spaces For People” Marquees Causing Concerns

Several residents and business people have raised concerned about the size of marquees erected outside businesses on Union Street and Belmont Street.

The reason for temporarily closing roads and widening pavements is to create additional space for pedestrians during the pandemic. 

People have said they are very unhappy that some very large marquees have been put up on Union Street and Belmont Street which reduce the space available for pedestrians.

The marquee outside “The Grill” on Union Street not only fills the bus lane, it also blocks some of the pavement with the result there is less space available for pedestrians than normal.

People have also complained that the marquee outside “Books and Beans” on Belmont Street is far too big and means people walking past it are finding it difficult to stay two metres apart.

Liberal Democrat councillor Steve Delaney said, “Creating additional space to allow for customers to social distance is absolutely fine, just as long as these additional spaces do not impact on the ability of pedestrians to social distance safely”.

“There’s no point in bringing in measures to restrict traffic and create safe spaces for pedestrians only for businesses to occupy those spaces to the exclusion of the general public”.

Changes in Temporary Traffic Order – A944 at Borrowstone Road junction

Start Date and Time : 13 July 2020 07:30 
End Date and Time : 07 August 2020 17:00

Location : A944 at Borrowstone Road junction

Description : The were be a lane two closure on A944 at the AWPR South Kingswells junction. The lane closure will also extend to a lane two closure on both the north and south slip roads from the AWPR. This lane closure is necessary to protect the public during traffic light installation. 

New Temporary Traffic Order Imposed – A90, A944 Westhill Road

Start Date and Time : 31 July 2020 22:00 
End Date and Time : 05 August 2020 06:00

Location : A90, A944 Westhill Road

Description : The effect of the order, which will operate from 22:00 in the evening until 06:00 the following morning, on evenings beginning 31 July, 2020 and 5 August, 2020 is to close the northbound slip road on A90, Aberdeen at the Kingswells south junction.

The restrictions are in the interests of public safety during Road repairs works by Bear Scotland.

Any queries regarding this restriction can be directed to Balfour Beatty on 01224 838282, or roadworkscoordination@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Alternate Route : An alternative route is available Via A90, Northbound, Northbound slip at the Craibstone junction, A96 Eastbound under A90, southbound slip road access to A90 and A90 southbound 

Update on Weekend Bus Service To Kingswells

A number of residents have raised concerns over the withdrawal of the No 14 bus service to Kingswells at the weekends. There is also been some confusion over previously announced changes to the X17 service which have not been progressed.

Local Liberal Democrat councillor Steve Delaney said, “The No 14 service is funded by Aberdeen City Council and the ruling Tory, Labour and Independent coalition took the decision to axe these and other weekend services as part of their budget cuts on 3rd March. This was publicised at the time both online and in Focus but, with the passage of time and the fact most people were at home during the lockdown, many people had forgotten about it”.

“Although my Lib Dem colleagues and I opposed these changes at the time, the majority view won the day. Aberdeen City Council is the provider of last resort and they have taken a decision not to provide weekend bus services. I believe it is morally wrong to leave a whole community effectively cut off from the rest of the city at the weekends but I regret there is no possibility of reversing their decision at this point in time”.

“I have raised the community’s concerns with the council’s Public Transport Unit and they have responded as follows”.

Financial support for weekend services on the number 14 was withdrawn at the end of March 2020 following the budget decision to withdraw all weekend supported bus services.  During the period when Stagecoach were operating emergency timetables due to the COVID19 lockdown, they did maintain weekend services on the 14 but these have now been withdrawn. 

Funding has been put in place between Transport Scotland and bus operators to allow an increase in bus service provision across the Country.  The funding is intended to cover the anticipated loss of fare-paying passenger revenue that operators will experience due to physical distancing and reduced carrying capacity, while at the same time increasing service provision, to almost 80% immediately and then up to almost 100% by 3rd August. From the 29th June 2020 Stagecoach Bluebird are now operating around 80% of bus services that they would have been operating were it not for the coronavirus pandemic.  As such the service 14 timetable has had to be brought in line with what would be operating normally at this time which does not include weekend services.

The changes to the Westhill service with the X17 replaced by the 4, 5 and 6 were due to take place on 6th April but this was prevented by the lockdown situation and the emergency timetables that Stagecoach were required to introduce.   Stagecoach will continue to operate the X17 at the present time and any proposed timetable/service changes will be considered at a later point in time.

Following the Council’s decision to withdraw financial support for the weekend service, Officers did explore options with Stagecoach Bluebird to retain some level of service, but no viable solution could be found. This matter will of course always be reviewed as changes to the public transport network take place, but due to the ongoing impacts of Covid-19 on public transport an immediate solution is unlikely.

Changes in Temporary Traffic Order – A944 at Borrowstone Road junction

Start Date and Time : 13 July 2020 07:30
End Date and Time : 07 August 2020 17:00

Location : A944 at Borrowstone Road junction

Description : The were be a lane one closure on A944 at the AWPR South Kingswells junction.

The lane closure will also extend to a lane one closure on both the north and south slip roads from the AWPR.

This lane closure is necessary to protect the public during traffic light installation.

Fortnightly Recycling Collections Are Back

Fortnightly Collections Are Back!

Aberdeen City Council is to reintroduce fortnightly kerbside collections for garden waste/food waste and for dry mixed recycling with effect from week commencing 3rd August 2020.

These services have been operating on a four weekly cycle since April as a result of the covid-19 restrictions in order to protect staff and ensure continuity of service. Now we are beginning to move out of lockdown as a result of the infection rate being much reduced, it will soon be possible to resume fortnightly collections. New calendars which set out the schedule for pick ups in your area can be downloaded from 20th July onwards using this link.

Liberal Democrat Operations Spokesman Steve Delaney said, “Residents have been so keen to embrace recycling in recent years, that it has been a real challenge for everyone managing to get by with less frequent collections, especially elderly and disabled residents who do not have their own transport. For most households the fortnightly mixed recycling bin was always the fullest”.

“Residents have been very patient and understanding of the situation which arose as a result of the covid-19 pandemic, but there has been a great deal of frustration at the length of time it has taken to return to fortnightly collections due to the challenges it presented them with”.

“The Conservative, Labour, Independent  run council’s decision to offer no refunds and not to extend the expiry date of current permits has resulted in quite a number of angry comments from residents and understandably so. The reduced reduced frequency is easily understood and accepted but the failure to recognise this in respect of a chargeable service has not gone down well”.

“I know council staff have done their level best to provide a service, albeit on reduced frequency, during very challenging times and I’d like to thank them for all they have done over the past few months. Keeping staff safe and ensuring the service kept running were always the primary concerns and it’s really good to see this service returning to normal”.