We hope you've all had a fantastic summer whether you stayed at home or managed to get away, and while the community council took a break for our July meeting, we have still been very busy behind the scenes representing the community and dealing with numerous ongoing issues.
DO COME TO OUR MEETINGS. 2ND TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH 7PM AT INCHGARTH CC
Our meetings are open to the public to attend, and to ensure you have an opportunity to ask questions of ourselves, the councillors, police or other agencies in attendance, we have created a public forum section on the agenda covering 10 minutes. This is the only section of the meeting where the public can participate in the meeting, but you are very welcome to attend for the entire meeting.
Do come along to one of the meetings, you will be given a very warm welcome.
We are delighted to report that our chairman has had a meeting with the GM of the Norwood hall to discuss the issues and how this impacted local residents. The Norwood hall have been very positive in their response and agreed that following our previous conversations the provider of the fireworks had used lower yield fireworks. The community council recognises that as a business the Norwood must look into every way of attracting customers, but equally that with the hotel being in a residential area they too must consider how their actions will impact local residents. We have agreed to work together and keep the lines of communication open. Garthdee community council will continue to monitor the situation and while it is not against the law to display fireworks before 11pm, we have also suggested that a possible solution, should the residents continue to feel the fireworks impose upon their quality of life, is to consider lower yield or silent fireworks.
We will monitor the situation.
GRASS CUTTING AND THE MESS OF OUR COMMUNITY.
It is the view of Garthdee community council that our community has not been maintained to the standard of which our residents deserve. Indeed, this seems a city wide problem with communities reporting the grass, trees, shrubs, weeds, moss being an issue.
We also note the benefits of having additional community meadows and will fully support anyone willing to volunteer to create them, or the council should this be their intentions, but this cannot be a substitute or excuse to simply leave our community overgrown.
We have written to all three local councillors and raised this issue with our MP, MSP, and list Msp and will watch closely how this issue is being dealt with.
POSITIVE MEETING WITH THE NEW GM OF DAVID LLOYDS OF GARTHDEE.
We are delighted to report positive feedback with our recent meeting with Michael, the new GM of Lloyds Aberdeen. We have expressed our extreme disappointment that for 13 years Lloyds have failed to adhere to the promises made to the people of Garthdee in terms of tennis coaching for the children and low cost memberships for Garthdee residents.
We are pleased to report that Lloyds have approached this request with a very proactive and positive attitude, one which has already witnessed them making a raft of suggestions on how they intend on supporting local children, and it's very good indeed. So watch this space for the exciting announcements on how Lloyds will be rolling out a programme with our local school kids and youth club at Inchgarth.
We are keen to hear everyone's views on the new brown bin fee. Are there any problems on top of the fee? We would like to hear from you so we can raise this with our local councillors. We very much doubt there will be a change of heart by the council, but it certainly will assist us to ensure the elected members are on top of any issues which are arising. Please email us.
COMMUNITY NEWS BOOKLET
SPONSORED BY RGU.
The booklets are now complete and have been distributed around the community, with the addition of hundreds of organisations emailed a link. We are now in the planning stages for the next edition and welcome interested businesses to support the booklet by taking our a paid advert.
The costs are very affordable, and for the level of coverage and publicity you will gain- it's a bargain.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
CLICK here for the link to the booklet and please do share.
How exciting it is to see so much positive work ongoing in our community via Gwen's community garden, Inchgarth's community garden, the good work up at the Garthdee allotments, and the kids at Kaimhill primary fully engaged on several projects. Get yourselves involved folks, even an hour a week makes a big difference to make our community greener!
GARTHDEE CHURCH- WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS?
As many of you will know, the Garthdee Parish church has been under significant threat of closure, to be developed for housing. Garthdee community council strongly opposed this move in 2018 and stood by the congregation of the church. It is our view that the Garthdee church can once more be thriving hub of the community, and the evidence of the last 18 months has shown that it's already heading in the right direction despite huge pressure from the church of Scotland. Be under no illusion, the building is in decent condition, the finances are fine, and all that it needs is the opportunity to succeed once more with the community right behind it- and behind it we are. So we call upon the Church of Scotland- DO NOT CLOSE OUR CHURCH! We have meetings this week (wc5th Aug 2019) to get an update on the current position before we launch our next stage of the campaign. Watch this space!
FREE TENNIS DAILY AT DEVENICK PLACE
Just a reminder everyone, you can enjoy tennis FREE 7 days a week up at Devenick place, behind the playpark- thanks to Inchgarth community centre. Enjoy!