Kingswells Community Council Minutes September 2014

 Community Council Minutes of Meeting


Date: Monday 8th September, 2014
Time: 8 pm
Venue: Kingswells Community Centre
Chair: Meg Sands
Participants Tom Straiton, Alex Carnie, Ian Cox (Secretary), Ron Howie
Apologies: John Gerrie, Ivan Tonna
/ Observers:
Police: PC Kim Smith and PC Steve Boles.1 Resident

Councillor Steve Delaney, Councillor David Cameron

Item Minute Action
1 Introduction by Chair       
2 Police Report
There was no police report this month.There were no priority crimes to report, but there were a large number of non-priority items. KCC expressed concern over this number, but were advised that this includes all calls to the non‑emergency number (101) and many were extremely minor in nature.

KCC thought that the figures might be missing some reports of damage to cars in the Congraig area. Police will check.





A date is to be identified for the speed survey for the Kingswells to Bucksburn road. Police
If anyone witnesses speeding and can report vehicle registration numbers the police will speak to drivers with a view to education.
There was discussion on the possible location of 30MPH Warning signs. Two locations were identified. One should be located near the Doctors’ Surgery and the other by the pedestrian crossing at the southern end of Kingswood Avenue. David is to investigate. David
Police advised that ACC is responsible for any issues relating to littering.
3 Members of the public
4 Councillors
  There was a report of cars using the old section of the Lang Stracht. Steve reported that 461 tickets have been issued.
  Steve reported that BT was not giving out any information on future timings of Fast Broadband going live. They only report when the service actually goes live. Exchange Only lines will be processed later in the program.
  KCC expressed concern over the practice ACC adopts for road closures. Developers are getting permission to close roads for extended periods of time, and there does not appear to be any pressure exerted to ensure work is completed on time. The road system is a valuable asset for the city and its residents and a penalty should be paid for late delivery.The Community Council Forum will be writing to ACC on behalf of all Community Councils.

Steve noted comments and would wait to see if the Community Council Forum had any success before taking any action.

5 Approval of minutesLast month’s minutes were approved.
6 Matters Arising from the previous meeting

Cleaning up the pond at the Doctors Surgery is still outstanding. This will require an excavator to remove all the silt.


David reported that ACC own the land adjacent to Adventure Aberdeen in Fairely Road and that the outstanding work on the drainage / soiling and seeding will be completed around 15th September.


Meg will contact some dog walkers to find out if there are areas not covered with the provision of dog bins.


The Christmas tree will be sponsored this year by Aberdeen Volks Centre Ltd. A new Christmas tree squad of residents will assist with delivery, erection and dressing of the tree.


KCC thanked the previous group of residents who have now retired from Christmas tree duties, which they provided over several years.


The lock block in the Huxterstone area is being repaired using tar. This is ACC’s preferred method of repair, but residents do not agree that this is acceptable. Other areas within Kingswells have been repaired using lock blocks.

KCC should consider repairs to lock block in future planning applications.





Traffic light timings at the Kingswells roundabout have not been addressed. The issue is that the lights are turned off at 6pm when traffic is still busy.

  Japanese knotweed is dying off, but needs more work. ACC
  Steve is to investigate solutions to reduce the noise from the fence around the school play area.  Steve
7 Planning & Environmental Issues
Fast food outlet at Prime 4 has been approved.
Countesswells (3,000 homes) goes to full committee. There are issues with the road infrastructure and access.
Prime 4 hotel intends to make an additional application for a further 50 rooms.
There is an additional application for 4 houses at West Huxterstone. Tom is to look out for the application. Tom
Cloghill land was sold. The land is close to the AWPR. It is not known what use will be made of the land.
There is a planning application for the second development at Countesswells.
Trees have died off at the West 1 site. Tom is to chase this and the infill area by the roadside. Tom
8 Accounts
There was no change to the balance over last month.
  The village hall is creating a memorial garden for Captain Brookes. There will be an opening ceremony on 25th October.
10 Date of Next meeting:
Next meeting will be on Monday 13th October 2014 in coffee shop of Kingswells Community Centre. Meeting closed at 22:00.