Craigiebuckler and Seafield Community Council

Your Community Councillors are members of the community elected to represent the views of residents in our area in relation to matters for which the local authority is responsible. Our job is to find out what the community wants and take such action as appears to be expedient and practicable. 

We meet in public once a month to discuss issues of current concern in the area.  To find out the venue and dates of our meetings, please refer to the "Events Calendar".

Latest News

 Please note there is no meeting in January, the next meeting will be held on Tuesday 7 February, 2017, at 7.30 pm in the Douglas Lounge, Craigiebuckler Church.


C128c Cults-Kingshill Road Now Open 

Good news that at long last the C128c Cults-Kingshill Road is now open.

There will be ongoing works continuing to the roadway, footpath and verges for some time and these will be carried out under traffic lights for the safety of the public and the workforce.

Hill of Rubislaw Development

Mr Hugh Black, owner of Rubislaw Quarry, is our guest speaker at Craigiebuckler and Seafield Community Council meeting on Tuesday 6th December.

Mr Black will be giving a presentation about the quarry which will be very interesting.

The meeting commences at 7.30 pm in the Douglas Lounge, Craigiebuckler Church Hall. All welcome.

Hill of Rubislaw Development

Major development of 280 Flats and multistorey car park with associated amenities including Reception, Cafe/Bistro, Gym
and outside amenity space  at Hill of Rubislaw, Queens Road, Aberdeen for Carttera Private Equities Inc.

Public Consultation Meeting  on the 18th November at the Chester Hotel on Queens Road. The
event will be advertised in the Citizen newspaper 14 days prior to the event.
The event would entail drawings of the developers  proposals and 3d images.
The event is open to the public from 2pm to 8pm who are invited to give comments etc.
Members of the Design Team and client body would be in attendance to answer any queries they may
Members of the 4 local Community Councils as well as local councillors are invited to a presentation
prior to the public event starting at 1pm.

Full details under Files, Planning Documents, Hill of Rubislaw


Flooding Issues at Dandara Development

After recent building work in Zone G the burn that feeds Cooper's pond has completely dried up and nearby houses in Countesswells Crescent have been flooded with water entering their gardens and even in the crawl spaces under the floor of the houses. Local Councillor Martin Greig is raising this serious issue  with Dandara and the City Council and it will be discussed at our Community Council meeting on Tuesday 4th October.

Dandara BungalowsDandara Zone G BungalowsBurn Completely DryBurn Dry

Dandara Littering the Local Community

Dandara have been littering the local community with plastic sheeting blown around their site and sheets of plastic floating in both Retention Ponds. this was reported to their site manager several weeks ago - Another example of Dandara ignoring the local community.

Plastic Sheeting Littering Core Path

Plastic Sheeting in Retention Ponds

Plastic Sheeting Littering Core Path

Kinaldie Crescent Appeal

An appeal has been lodged with the Scottish Government against refusal of planning permission, Halliday Fraser Munro have appealed on behalf of Mr & Mrs Greig. Craigiebuckler & Seafield Community sent a letter in response to the planning appeal to the Scottish Government reporter on 5th August 2016. The letter is contained in September Planning Report.

Plans for Hazlehead Hotel and Country Club Shelved

 As reported in the Evening Express: “A retirement village including a hospital is being lined up to replace a £50 million scheme for a fivestar country club complex, the Evening Express can reveal today. Scottish Ministers backed plans to create the 200-bedroom hotel – which would also include a restaurant, spa and swimming facilities – at Hazlehead Park in June last year. But developer Carlton Rock, led by Aberdeen businessman Alan Massie, now hopes to create a village which would include a private hospital with 60 beds, a nursing home consisting of 40 to 60 bedrooms as well as homes and apartments. The major development by Carlton Rock could also involve up to 60 flats for those aged over 55, 30 to 60 residential properties and a church. Shops are also being proposed for the area. The project, along with the creation of 55 homes on the former Dobbies Garden Centre and Nursery on Aberdeen’s Hazledene Road situated nearby, would be worth between £50m and £60m.”

Dandara Retirement Village Second Public Consultation Event

On Wednesday 3rd August between 3pm and 8pm at the Sales Pod. Housing Development of 100-250 houses including a Retirement Village at Zone F (next to rear gardens at Pinewood and next to Countesswells Road).


Planning Appeal - Kinaldie Crescent

An appeal to the Scottish Government has been made after the controversial planning application to build a new house overlooking the Walker Dam was refused by Aberdeen City Council. CSCC will be responding to the appeal and this will be discussed at our meeting on Tuesday 2nd August. Please let us know your thoughts/comments - come along to the meeting or send an email

Dandara Public Meeting

Dandara have submitted a planning proposal for a housing development of 100-250 houses including a Retirement Village at Zone F  ( next to rear gardens at Pinewood and next to Countesswells Road). A public meeting is to be held on Wed 22nd June from 3-8pm at the sales pod. 

The planning application for the siting of temporary sales pod, Application Ref: P150971was determined to be Permitted Development (ie does not require Planning Permission) by the Planning Authority on 14 June 2016.


New Evening Bus Service -

The No.15 bus route will operate an Evening service 15A starting tomorrow 13th June, this will be oprated by First Bus - See Evening Timetable

There will be a public meeting on Saturday 18th June, 2pm in Airyhall Primary School with the Council's Public Transport Unit to talk through the new services and to answer any questions. There will also be a new shuttle bus service to support residents getting to the shops at Mannofield will start on 13th June and will be operated by Stagecoach. The shuttle bus will also operate through lower Deeside, starting in Perterculter, through milltimber and Cults to get access to the shops at Cults then up into Airyhall and Craigiebuckler. There will be certain stops for the service as well as it being a hail and ride. The service will operate 3 times a day roughly from 9am to 3pm.

Community Event Sunday 12th June 2016

Picinic in the grounds of Craigiebuckler Church to celebrate The Queen's 90th Birthday 

12.30pm -Entry Free - everyone welcome

Community Picnic 12 June 2016

Dandara Development

Dandara have submitted a planning proposal for a housing development of 100-250 houses including a Retirement Village at Zone F  ( next to rear gardens at Pinewood and next to Countesswells Road). A public meeting is to be held on Wed 22nd June at the sales pod. It is ironic that the sales pod does not have any planning permission - it expired on 13th June 2015. Both Dandara and the Council planners have been dragging their heels for nearly a year now and have been unable to secure planning permission for what should be a temporary building but has already been up for 3 years....The public meeting will be an ideal opportunity for the local community to raise their concerns regarding this ongoing saga.




Kepplestone Mansion

At the Planning Committee Meeting on Thursday 21st April the Kepplestone Mansion planning application 151056 was refused. Demolition of part of fire damaged building and alteration and extension to remaining structure to form 4 flats. This is a listed building consent. 



Planning application 151057 was granted - Demolotion of part of fire damaged building and construction of wall to enclose the east elevation of the remaining building.





Kinaldie Crescent Planning Application

After a site visit to the site of 22 Kinaldie Crescent the Planning Committee voted to refuse planning permission for the building of a new house next to Walker Dam.




1. Whilst the general principle of residential development within a residentially zoned area is accepted, and the architectural form of the proposed dwelling is considered acceptable, its inappropriate siting relative to existing trees demonstrates a lack of due regard for context, and results in a situation where the proposed dwelling would not make a positive contribution to its setting, as required by policy D1 (Architecture and Placemaking) of the Aberdeen Local Development Plan (ALDP).


2. The impact of the proposal on existing trees, both directly in the formation of the new driveway and in the longer term due to the inappropriate proximity of the new dwelling to retained mature trees, is not considered to be in accordance with policy NE5 (Trees and Woodlands) of the ALDP or the associated 'Trees and Woodlands' supplementary guidance.


3. The increased threat posed to mature retained trees has potential to result in adverse impact on the Walker Dam Local Nature Conservation Site (LNCS), and represents an area of tension with policy NE8 (Natural Heritage).


4. The development would result in encroachment onto an existing area of open space which, though of limited size, makes a positive contribution to local landscape character and visual amenity in this residential area. On that basis, it is considered that the proposal demonstrates a significant degree of tension with policies D6 (Landscape) and H1 (Residential Areas) of the ALDP.



Johnston Gardens

Johnston Gardens


Johnston Gardens, popular with residents and tourists alike and often featured in wedding photographs, has recently become the subject of public complaints about its deteriorating condition.
 One of the main causes for   complaint is the discolouration of the water of the pond by the silt contamination of the watercourses that flow into this formerly attractive feature. 
Residents have complained about seeing rats in the gardens. We are pursuing this complaint rigorously.
Many residents remember the gardens in former times as a beautiful and peaceful place to visit. Clearly they need to be restored to their former glory.
Our Community Council supports Councillor Ross Thomson’s aspiration to form “Friends of Johnston Gardens” as a group of citizens who are keen to actively work on the maintenance and improvement of the gardens. The Community Council will publicise the bid for the formation of the Friend’s group.
Recently exceptional and prolonged rainfall has caused flooding in much of the city. In Queens Road, Springfield Road and many of the streets surrounding these thoroughfares, poorly maintained water gullies have resulted in deep water lying on roadways. We have raised the issue of blocked water gullies with Council Officers and will continue to seek improvements to the drainage systems of this area.

First Bus Drop in Session Saturday 13th February 11am -3pm

Meet David Phillips,Managing Director First Aberdeen, at a drop in session on Saturday 13th February at Airyhall Library from 11am - 3pm to discuss the changes to No.15 bus service. Council staff from the transport unit will also be on hand to answer questions.

It is hoped a public meeting will be held to update local residents on progress but this will have to be after the Council budget is set, towards the end of February.

Community Council Meeting

7.30pm on 2nd February in the Douglas Lounge, Craigiebuckler Church. 

Our guest speaker is Mr David Phillips, Managing Director, First Aberdeen. 

Mr Phillips will seek residents' views on the recent changes to the bus service provision to Craigiebuckler and Airyhall. 

The rerouting of the No 15 to cover the withdrawn No 5 service has been operational for some time now. Is this service adequate to meet the needs of the travelling public? 

Come and meet Mr Phillips. All are welcome.

Public Meeting


Proposed residential major development of approximately 55 family houses, a neighbourhood centre incorporating a range of facilities including possibly convenience shopping, retail garden centre, church, veterinary surgery and medical and dental service with associated access, infrastructure and landscaping at the site of the former Dobbie’s Garden Centre, Hazledene Road, Aberdeen.

Craigiebuckler and Seafield Community Council look forward to welcoming you to this public meeting where you can tell us how you view the proposed development. Our guests, Mr David Murray, Lead Consultant for the project and Mr Alastair Scott Kiddie, Traffic Engineer of Fairhursts, will be present to hear your views and answer questions on behalf of Carlton Rock Ltd who has tabled the proposal with the City Council.

To see the details of the planning application P151526 - Click Here

Public Meeting


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Craigiebuckler and Seafield Community Council
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Upcoming event

Community Council Meeting

Tuesday 07 February 2017

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 7 February, 2017, at 7.30 pm in the Douglas Lounge, Craigiebuckler Church.