Aberdeen

Central Library to play host to Aberdeen Voices creative writing workshops

Central Library to play host to Aberdeen Voices creative writing workshops News Image IFrampton Mon, 05/09/2022 – 10:14 am   Aberdeen City Libraries are taking part in Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 this autumn with a free series of creative writing workshops, beginning next week, for adults exploring the wealth of traditional stories and folk tales from the North East.    From Cove to Bennachie and Durris to Burnhaven the North East teems with giants, selkies, faeries and other mysterious creatures. Led by local writer and storyteller Jackie Ross participants will explore these and similar well-known tales.   Across the six weeks, in English, Doric or their home language, participants will explore the creative techniques needed to write contemporary retellings or create new original works inspired by these treasured North East stories.    Participants will also gain the skills needed to present their work as part of a celebration event during Book Week Scotland.    Councillor Martin Greig, Aberdeen City Council’s Education Operational Delivery Convener, said “I hope that aspiring writers in the area will be encouraged to take part in the sessions. This will be a chance to explore creative energies together. It’s a time to let the literary imagination be fired up and become inspired by local myths and legends.”     Councillor Jessica Mennie, the committee’s Vice convener, said: “This a marvellous opportunity for budding local writers to come along to Aberdeen Central Library over the coming weeks to the free sessions which have a local theme and are sure to be great fun.”   Aberdeen Voices: Creative Writing workshops Aberdeen Central Library  Mondays, 6 – 7.30pm 12th, 19th 26th September, 3rd, 31st October and 7th November     The workshop is open to anyone aged 16+. Previous knowledge of creative writing and library membership is not required but booking is essential. To book, contact Aberdeen City Libraires on 01224 652500 or email LibraryEvents@Aberdeencity.gov.uk   Marie Christie, Head of Development at VisitScotland said: “We are delighted to be supporting Aberdeen City Libraries through the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund. Events play an important role in our communities as they sustain livelihoods and help to celebrate and promote our unique places, spaces and stories.   “By supporting events taking place within our communities, including the Aberdeen voices Creative Writing workshop, new opportunities with be provided for locals and visitors to come…


Two public consultations for the A93 and the A947 start today

Two public consultations for the A93 and the A947 start today News Image A93 kaallan Fri, 22/07/2022 – 9:30 am
Two separate public consultations have started with potential options for improving transport connections on the A93 from Aberdeen to Banchory and the A947 from the A96 junction at Bucksburn to the Parkhill junction on the city bypass (AWPR). The studies, which focus on active travel and public transport connections, continue the ongoing work of Aberdeen City Council and partners to consider means of locking-in benefits of the city bypass on the principal transport corridors linking Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen. Both studies have put several options forward including new cycle routes, introducing priority for buses, speed reductions and supporting placemaking measures such as village greens, landmarks, and gateway signage to help create a greater community feeling within areas. The A93 consultation offers potential options which promote sustainable travel along the corridor whilst ensuring that there are no unintended routeing consequences on parallel routes. The key aims of the A93 study are to identify options that improve the quality of the pedestrian and cycling experience along the corridor and address the barriers which affect some groups moving around as a pedestrian or cyclist, improve the quality of bus travel on the corridor for all users, enhancing the travel experience both for current bus users and to attract new users by reducing bus journey times and improving journey time consistency, and improve integration between sustainable travel modes. The A947 study area, which includes both Riverview Drive and Victoria Street through Dyce, will place particular focus on how to improve conditions for pedestrians, wheelchair users, cyclists, horse riders, and public transport users of the route for both southbound movements towards the city centre and northbound movements into Aberdeenshire. It also has a focus on placemaking opportunities along Victoria Street. Both of the public consultations are available via Aberdeen City Council’s website at Aberdeen City Council – Citizen Space until Friday 19 August 2022. Public exhibitions are also being held as part of the consultations in Aberdeen, Peterculter, and Banchory for the A93 study and Dyce for the A947 study, as well as live question and answer sessions next month. For the A93 study, public exhibitions are being held in Great Western Hotel, Aberdeen, on Tuesday 26 July, Culter Village Hall on Wednesday 3 August, and Banchory West Church on Thursday 4 August,…




New city primary school opens

New city primary school opens News Image Milltimber Primary delliot Tue, 24/05/2022 – 11:06 am Construction of the £16 million Milltimber Primary School has been completed and today opened its doors to pupils and staff. Robertson Construction started work at the replacement school within the Oldfold Farm development in the autumn 2020 – part of a £100 million investment by Aberdeen City Council in four new city schools. Milltimber Primary School have increased capacity – for 434 pupils up from 267 – plus an additional 60 Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) places, ensuring that pupils in the growing catchment area can continue to attend their local primary school with other children from their community. The state-of-the-art facilities offer enhanced outdoor play spaces and PE facilities to promote health, fitness and wellbeing, as well as improved opportunities for outdoor curricular learning and social interaction. Aberdeen City Council Co-Leader Councillor Ian Yuill said: “This is an exciting time for everyone involved and we are delighted to welcome the pupils on their first day in Milltimber Primary School.” “Milltimber Primary School will serve the needs of the community for generations to come. It provides pupils and staff with modern facilities which not only enhance the learning experience, but also helps the Council provide the highest standard of education for our young people who are the future of our City Council.” Councillor Jessica Mennie, vice-convener of the education committee, said: “The completion of the school marks the latest milestone in our Expansion Programme.” “Having the very best facilities available is vital to our ambitious strategy around education delivery in Aberdeen – but the leadership team, staff and pupils are the most important part of the success.” Milltimber, alongside three other new and replacement schools at Countesswells, Riverbank and Torry which are set to open in 2023, forms part of the Education New Build Programme which will contribute to the City Council’s Learning and Childcare expansion programme. The school has already impressed school captains, primary seven pupils Calum Wood and Beth McIntosh. Calum said: “The school is amazing, hi tech and fit for the future.” Beth added: “It’s breathtaking and even better once inside.” Lynsey Cradock, headteacher, said: “This facility will provide a wonderful learning environment for our pupils which will enable them to grow, achieve and succeed not only now but also in the future. With all our wonderful facilities, we can…


Drop-in consultation for residents and businesses in Belmont Quarter next week

Drop-in consultation for residents and businesses in Belmont Quarter next week News Image Belmont Quarter artist impressions
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Wed, 11/05/2022 – 9:43 am
    A drop-in consultation to gather information from residents and businesses in Belmont Street and nearby streets for a new permanent café culture in the area is being held next week.   The £1.5million investment in the Belmont Quarter area from Aberdeen City Council will help to grow city centre employment, create a metropolitan look which will develop as an attractive food and drink destination, and become a culturally distinctive neighbourhood that will enhance the conservation area.   The drop-in event includes two options for the area for what the café culture will look like – barrier outdoor seating with umbrellas which could be in place in late Autumn, or shelter structures which could be installed next Spring.   The two-day drop-in event, which is complemented by an online consultation, will also include operational plans for how the Belmont Quarter would work for deliveries, waste trucks, and other requirements depending on the design chosen.   The event will have designers and engineers on hand to answer queries, and there will also be council officers available from 2pm until 4pm each day to answer any specific licensing questions.   Both businesses and residents will continue to be consulted on the draft design over the coming weeks.   An Aberdeen City Council spokeswoman said: “It is fantastic to be able to have this drop-in event along with an online consultation and we’d encourage people who live and work in the Belmont Quarter area to come along, see what the two proposals are, and give feedback to the team.   “The café culture in the Belmont Quarter is just one of several exciting changes happening in the city centre and we look forward to what’s coming up in the months ahead.”   The city centre, new Aberdeen Market, and Queen Street projects are part of the City Centre Masterplan (CCMP), a regeneration blueprint which is transforming the city centre while conserving its proud heritage.   Since it was approved in 2015, the CCMP has already delivered several achievements to date including redevelopment of Provost Skene’s House, the redevelopment of Aberdeen Art Gallery, the Music Hall, Marischal Square, and Broad Street. The regeneration of Union Terrace Gardens will also provide a wheelchair-accessible multi-function space…