Celebrating 20 years of the Hut/zone 98

“Tarves has had an award winning youth project now for 20 years. They have been celebrating their past with the young people and past and present helpers. Starting out as Zone 98, some years later it changed its name to ‘The Hut’ project. It has given advice and helped many local young people . Educating and advising… but more importantly giving the confidence and support to them that has helped many on to adult life.

It has been a success. But it still needs support for the next generations that can pass through its little building in the grounds of the School.

Congratulations to you all.
Cllr Paul Johnston

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CALL FOR SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

Aberdeenshire Councillor Paul Johnston has asked for more information to guide the North East’s tourism strategy. The call came at both Aberdeenshire’s infrastructure Services committee who were approving the Aberdeenshire part of the strategy on Thursday 23rd August 2018 and on the following day asking for a sustainable Tourism strategy to be planned as part of the North East Scotland Strategic Development Plan.

“The strategy is about how we seek to plan and develop tourism in the future.  As we live in a very unstable era, we need to think carefully about investing in more ‘sustainable’ forms of Tourism for the long term.” said Councillor Johnston.

“Much of Tourism is about short term reaction to the visitor market.  That we all understand. Long term however, we need to think about how tourism will be developed because of climate change and demographic changes in the world as a consequence.  Aberdeenshire and Scotland more widely, can be proud of its journey so far to a sustainable environment.  It will take a bit more work, however, which I am confident we can do, to be sustainable in the same terms with industry. Tourism being one.”

Councillor Johnston, was a former member of Aberdeen and Grampian Tourist Board and has work in Tourism related industry for over twenty years. he was first to propose the inclusion of Food and Drink as a strand of tourism strategy in previous years, as well as proposing Green tourism initiatives.

https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/fp/news/local/north-east-council-gets-on-board-with-1bn-tourism-strategy/


Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

There are in a series of workshops more public engagement in the new mental health and wellbeing strategy. Interested members of the public are invited to attend and help The Health and Social Care Partnership develop the strategy.

And please click on the link below to the EU the briefing

Cllr Paul Johnston

Please find an updated briefing attached, which includes an additional workshop.

This workshop will take place on Wednesday 22nd August, 5:45pm – 8.00pm at Garioch Heritage Centre.

From: Pete Matthews
Sent: 20 July 2018 16:27
To: CUCouncillors <CUCouncillors1
Subject: Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Dear all

As you may be aware, we are in the process of developing a Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy for adults (including people over 65).

To help shape the strategy, we have organised a series of public workshops across Aberdeenshire, to seek people’s views on our future mental health priorities.

Please find a briefing attached, which provides more details on the workshops, including locations and dates.

We look forward to seeing you at one of the events, and please do share this information widely with your local communities.

Tel: 01467 535549

Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy 25-07-2018.pdf


Councillor seeks clarity on Bennachie road proposal

Councillor Paul Johnston

Democratic Independent and Green Group (DIGG) councillor Paul Johnston is asking Aberdeenshire Council to clarify that councillors are opposed to the option of building a dual carriageway road on part of Bennachie.

Cllr Johnston said: “Bennachie is one the most loved hills in Britain, a source of inspiration and a place for recreation and nature. It must not be damaged by the intrusion of a major road on its lower slopes.

“I’m certain the vast majority of Aberdeenshire councillors are opposed to the idea of building a dual carriageway road across any part of Bennachie. The Council’s position statement on the proposed A96 dualling, voted through at the April Aberdeenshire full council meeting, does however ask Transport Scotland to keep all ‘viable route options’ under consideration.

“I can’t conceive of any circumstances under which it would be acceptable to build a dual carriageway on Bennachie. This is not specific to the A96. Any dual carriageway on Bennachie would be equally wrong.

Cllr Johnston added: “I’m not at all sure everyone who voted for the resolution passed in April realised they were voting in support of continuing to consider options for re-routing the A96 onto Bennachie. I believe it is essential there is a clear and unambiguous statement from the Council as soon as possible.”

Cllr Johnston has submitted a Notice of Motion for debate at the Aberdeenshire full council meeting on June 28. The Notice of Motion says: ‘This Council does not support building a dual carriageway on Bennachie.’

Aberdeenshire DIGG councillor Cllr Martin Ford said: “The traffic volumes do not justify converting the entire A96 to a dual carriageway. On that basis, I don’t support the proposed dual carriageway for the whole A96 on any of the possible routes. Of course, that includes not wanting to see a dual carriageway built on Bennachie. Councillors who do want to see a dual carriageway built have expressed support for alternative routes. Cllr Johnston’s motion may be the one thing we can all agree on.”

Story from Aberdeen Press and Journal 15th June 2018

Democratic Independent and Green Group (DIGG) councillor Paul Johnston is asking Aberdeenshire Council to clarify that councillors are opposed to the option of building a dual carriageway road on part of Bennachie.

Cllr Johnston said: “Bennachie is one the most loved hills in Britain, a source of inspiration and a place for recreation and nature. It must not be damaged by the intrusion of a major road on its lower slopes.

“I’m certain the vast majority of Aberdeenshire councillors are opposed to the idea of building a dual carriageway road across any part of Bennachie. The Council’s position statement on the proposed A96 dualling, voted through at the April Aberdeenshire full council meeting, does however ask Transport Scotland to keep all ‘viable route options’ under consideration.

“I can’t conceive of any circumstances under which it would be acceptable to build a dual carriageway on Bennachie. This is not specific to the A96. Any dual carriageway on Bennachie would be equally wrong.

Cllr Johnston added: “I’m not at all sure everyone who voted for the resolution passed in April realised they were voting in support of continuing to consider options for re-routing the A96 onto Bennachie. I believe it is essential there is a clear and unambiguous statement from the Council as soon as possible.”

Cllr Johnston has submitted a Notice of Motion for debate at the Aberdeenshire full council meeting on June 28. The Notice of Motion says: ‘This Council does not support building a dual carriageway on Bennachie.’

Aberdeenshire DIGG councillor Cllr Martin Ford said: “The traffic volumes do not justify converting the entire A96 to a dual carriageway. On that basis, I don’t support the proposed dual carriageway for the whole A96 on any of the possible routes. Of course, that includes not wanting to see a dual carriageway built on Bennachie. Councillors who do want to see a dual carriageway built have expressed support for alternative routes. Cllr Johnston’s motion may be the one thing we can all agree on.”


CLLR REGRETS REMOVAL OF SAFETY CAMERAS

Average speed cameras that clocked 1,300 drivers removed from A90

by Lee McCann

The average speed cameras
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Cameras that caught more than 1,300 drivers speeding in nearly two years have been removed.

The temporary average speed cameras on the A90 between Balmedie and Blackdog have been decommissioned this week as works continue on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route. The cameras at Blackdog went live in July 2016 with a 50mph limit put in place.

Since they were installed, 1,343 offences were recorded.

The largest number of offences took place during July and September 2016, when 308 offences were noted, while the lowest level was from October to December 2017 when only 47 drivers were caught. Up until March this year there have been 304 reports to the Procurator Fiscal and 807 fixed penalty notices handed to drivers bet-ween Blackdog and Balmedie.

The removal comes after temporary average speed cameras on the A90 between Stonehaven and Charleston were taken down at the beginning of May. A Transport Scotland spokesman said: “The temporary average speed cameras on the A90 between Blackdog and Balmedie were decommissioned at the end of last week, as works to complete this section of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie-Tipperty project progress.

“The permanent average speed camera system on the A90 between Dundee and Stonehaven will remain.”

Mid Formartine councillor Paul Johnston said he would have liked to see the cameras become permanent.

He said: “My view is that, especially since people won’t know the new road as well, there is always going to be an issue with speeding.

“I think average speed cameras help reduce accidents, change driver behaviour and really do help safety on the road.

“In that area and especially at Balmedie we still have issues with pedestrians trying to cross that busy route.

“While I have welcomed the average speed cameras when they were introduced temporarily at the time, I would have liked to see them stay as I think they would go a long way in helping road safety in the area.”


HAVE A HAPPY EASTER – BUT IF THERE’S AN EMERGENCY…..

I hope your Easter weekend is going well.  But if an emergency were to happen and you need the help of the Council, there are details on the Council’s website about who to contact. I have reproduced it below for ease but you can find it at:

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/contact-us/emergency-contacts/

Who to phone in an emergency

Find out who to contact in urgent situations:

If the emergency or crisis is life threatening, phone 999. If you are worried about someone who is ill, call NHS 24 on 111.

Out of hours emergency service

Our out of hours emergency service is available 5pm to 9am weekdays and all weekend. For non-emergency situations, view office telephone numbers.

Service Number
Housing repairs 03456 08 12 03
Homelessness 03456 08 12 03
Social work 03456 08 12 06
Environmental Health 03456 08 12 07

Urgent social care or someone at risk of harm

If someone needs urgent social care or you think an adult needs protection you get in touch with your local Social Work office.

If you are worried about a child and want to report a child protection concern contact local Children and Families team.

Concerned about flooding

To find out about flood warnings, phone Floodline on 0345 988 11 88.

In an emergency where there is a threat to public safety, call emergency service 999 and ask for Fire or Coastguard.

For help with flood defences eg sandbags phone 03456 081205 (8am – 6pm) or Police Scotland on 101 (6pm – 8am). View Aberdeen City Council flooding emergency information.

Emergency planning

Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire councils also manage the emergency planning function. Officers in the two authorities will bring an emergency plan into operation should there be a major flooding incident.

This plan will coordinate emergency and support services to those affected, including the setting up of reception centres. The Housing services of both authorities have a duty to provide emergency accommodation in the aftermath of such emergencies.


SEVERE WEATHER UP TO 15 DECEMBER 2017

Thick snow or heavy rain causing floods are severe weather conditions which we understand. Today we have had rain onto frozen roads with compacted ice. While the skies do not look full of snow or rain…its still severe e weather with regard to travel. 

Salting and gritting generally does not work at low ground temperatures and progressively has less effect down to  minus 5. Lots of vehicles going on it will warm the surface and start a thaw but down at minus 4 or 5 then no amount of salt really has much effect. And even when temperatures rise, its slow to take effect.

So until surface temperatures (rather than air temperature) rise to create a thaw, please be careful out there. 

In these conditions the Council is clearly not able to cope. Councillors are told that all the council’s available resources are being deployed.  

If things could be diffetent then this is one for councillors to take up later but in the meantime please be careful. 

Avoid unnecessary journeys. Go slowly. Help the stranded and elderly if you can. 

Councillor Paul Johnston


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