Jan 24

The Skene Street Project secures top award from Tesco’s Bags of Help Fund!

We are very excited to reveal that after voting during December that The Skene Street Project has been awarded the top award for Tesco’s Bags of Help fund which is done in partnership with Groundwork UK.

This means we have been awarded £5000 towards The Skene Street Project which is a huge boost for the project.

We would like to thank everyone who took the time while shopping in Tesco to put a token in the voting box across the region it really does mean a lot to know that the project is supported by the community and wider Aberdeen!

A bit about Tesco Bags of Help Fund 

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative across England and Wales. The scheme sees three community groups and projects in each of around 200 Tesco regions awarded grants of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge. greenspace scotland is working with Groundwork to support Scottish communities.

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The public will now vote in store from 1 to 31 December on who should receive the £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 awards.

Jan 13

New Temporary Traffic Orders – Neitherkirkgate & Union Grove

Netherkirkgate 

Start Date and Time : 18 January 2017 00:01
End Date and Time : 17 July 2017 00:01
Location : Netherkirkgate
Description : Aberdeen City Council has made the above-named order in terms of its powers under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. The effect of the order, which will operate from 00:01 on 18 January, 2017, until 00:01 on 17 July, 2017, is to impose a temporary prohibition of driving on Netherkirkgate, Aberdeen, between its junctions with St. Catherine’s Wynd and Broad Street. Access to properties will be maintained, but no through traffic will be possible. The measure is necessary to protect public safety during Building refurbishment works.

Alternate Route : An alternative route is available via St. Catherine’s Wynd, Union Street and Broad Street.

 

Union Grove

Start Date and Time : 15 January 2017 19:30
End Date and Time : 27 January 2017 06:00
Location : Union Grove
Description : Aberdeen City Council has made the above-named order in terms of its powers under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. The effect of the order, which will operate will operate at the times and dates below. From 19:30 on 15 January, 2017, until 06:00 on 16 January, 2017, and from 19:30 on 16 January, 2017, until 06:00 on 17 January, 2017, and also from 19:30 on 17 January, 2017, until 06:00 on 18 January, 2017, there will be a one way restriction on Union Grove, Aberdeen, between its junctions with the entrance to 31 to 33 Union Grove and Holburn Street. The direction of flow will be eastbound. From 18:00 on 23 January, 2017, until 06:00 on 24 January, 2017 and from 18:00 on 24 January, 2017, until 06:00 on 25 January, 2017, there shall be no waiting for any purpose on the north side of Union Grove, Aberdeen, between its junctions Union Grove Lane and Albyn Grove. From 18:00 on 25 January, 2017, until 06:00 on 26 January, 2017, and from 18:00 on 26 January, 2017, until 06:00 on 27 January, 2017 , there shall be no waiting on the north side of Union Grove, Aberdeen, between east boundary of 236 Union Grove and the west boundary of 226 Union Grove. The restrictions are in the interests of public safety during cabling works by Openreach for British Telecom.

Alternate Route :
An alternative route for westbound vehicles is via Holburn Street, Albyn Place, St Swithin Street and Union Grove.

Nov 30

Tesco’s Bags of help fund & We need your help!

We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for the Tesco in conjunction with Groundwork UK, Bags of Help Fund & it is now up to the public vote!

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative across England and Wales. The scheme sees three community groups and projects in each of around 200 Tesco regions awarded grants of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge. greenspace scotland is working with Groundwork to support Scottish communities.

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The public will now vote in store from 1 to 31 December on who should receive the £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 awards.

We now have a chance to gain up to £5000 towards the Skene Street Project which would be a massive boost to the project.

If we are to reach the full potential of this fund we need your help! If you shop in Tesco stores between the 1st & 31st of December then you can ask for a token to put into the tub for the project and help us secure the top award!

Make sure and tell everyone you know so we can spread the word!

The List of stores that our project can be voted for are:

tescostores

To check the location of any of the above stores, please go to the tesco website here:
http://www.tesco.com/store-locator/uk/

If you do share please use #BagsofHelp #TheSkeneStreetProject

 

 

Oct 24

Builder Needed For One “Stage” Of The Skene Street Project!

We are really excited to be able to move forward with a small stage of the project. We are looking to get started on the stage which will be located in the corner of the middle section of the site (please see pictures).

We are now looking to find a local builder that would be able to get the work done, we have some money & are looking for quotes!

We have all planning permission required and we would like to start making progress where we can and we thought the stage would be great addition to the site as well as painting the massive wall space (More info coming soon).

The stage it’s self will be a concrete low platform with a step and a slope for access for everyone. The images below show what was agreed at planning as well as where the site is!

If you know of or are a building and would be interested in getting involved please send an email to secretary@citycentrecc.com

Planning image of stageExisting space for stagestage

Oct 21

New Temporary Traffic Order – Belmont Street, Little Belmont Street, Gaelic Lane + Schoolhill

Belmont Street, Little Belmont Street, Gaelic Lane

Start Date and Time : 29 October 2016 05:00
End Date and Time : 29 October 2016 18:00
Location : Belmont Street, Little Belmont Street, Gaelic Lane
Description : Aberdeen City Council has made the above-named order in terms of its powers under Section 62(1) of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984.and under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. The order provides for the Belmont Street Country Fair and Street Market. The effect of the order, which will operate between 05:00 and 18:00 on Saturday, 29 October, 2016, is to impose a prohibition of driving on Belmont Street, Little Belmont Street and Gaelic Lane, Aberdeen. In the case of Little Belmont Street, Aberdeen, there will be an exemption for access, but only for loading or unloading goods, and disabled badge holders taking access to disabled parking bays on Little Belmont Street. Also, the one way restriction on Little Belmont Street, Aberdeen, shall be suspended.

 

Schoolhill

Start Date and Time : 30 October 2016 07:00
End Date and Time : 30 October 2016 19:00
Location : Schoolhill
Description : Aberdeen City Council has made the above-named order in terms of its powers under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. The effect of the order, which will operate from 07:00 on until 19:00 on 30 October, 2016, is to impose a temporary prohibition of driving on Schoolhill, Aberdeen, between its junctions with Blackfriars Street and Back Wynd. The measure is necessary to protect public safety during Lifting operations for the Art Gallery Refurbishment works.
Alternate Route : An alternative route is available via Blackfriars Street, St Andrews Street, Charlotte Street, John Street, Loch Street, Berry Street, Gallowgate and Schoolhill.

Sep 19

Several Temporary Traffic Orders

Schoolhill, Back Wynd, Upperkirkgate

Start Date and Time : 22 September 2016 11:00
End Date and Time : 22 September 2016 11:30
Location : Schoolhill, Back Wynd, Upperkirkgate
Description : Aberdeen City Council has made the above-named order in terms of its powers under Section 62(1) of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984. The effect of the order, which will operate from 11:00 until 11:30 on 22 September, 2016, is to impose a temporary prohibition of driving on Schoolhill, Aberdeen between its junctions with Belmont Street and Upperkirkgate and also Back Wynd, Aberdeen between its junction with Schoolhill and Little Belmont Street. Upperkirkgate, Aberdeen, will also be closed between its junctions with Schoolhill and Broad Street. Access to properties will be maintained, but no through traffic will be possible. The measure is necessary to protect public safety during a RGC procession to St. Nicholas Kirk.
Alternate Route : An alternative route is available via Blackfriars Street, St. Andrews Street, George Street, John Street, Loch Street, Gallowgate and Upperkirkgate.

Belmont Street, Little Belmont Street, Gaelic Lane

Start Date and Time : 24 September 2016 06:00
End Date and Time : 24 September 2016 17:00
Location : Belmont Street, Little Belmont Street, Gaelic Lane
Description : Aberdeen City Council has made the above-named order in terms of its powers under Section 62(1) of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984.and under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. The order provides for the Belmont Street Country Fair and Street Market. The effect of the order, which will operate between 06:00 and 17:00 on Saturday, 24 September, 2016, is to impose a prohibition of driving on Belmont Street, Little Belmont Street and Gaelic Lane, Aberdeen. In the case of Little Belmont Street, Aberdeen, there will be an exemption for access, but only for loading or unloading goods, and disabled badge holders taking access to disabled parking bays on Little Belmont Street. Also, the one way restriction on Little Belmont Street, Aberdeen, shall be suspended.

Belmont Street

Start Date and Time : 25 September 2016 06:00
End Date and Time : 25 September 2016 20:00
Location : Belmont Street
Description : Aberdeen City Council has made the above-named orders in terms of its powers under Section 62(1) of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 and Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. The orders provide for Aberdeen City Council’s “In Town Without My Car” event. The effect of the first order, which will operate between 06:00 and 20:00 on the 25th September, 2016, is to close Belmont Street, Aberdeen, between its junctions with Gaelic Lane and Schoolhill, and to close Schoolhill, Aberdeen, between its junctions with Blackfriars Street and Back Wynd, also Little Belmont Street, Aberdeen, between its junctions with Belmont Street and Back Wynd, and Gaelic Lane, Aberdeen, between its junctions with Belmont Street and Back Wynd.The second order imposes a restriction on parking and waiting on Schoolhill, Aberdeen, including the inset road, and Belmont Street, Aberdeen, during the same times. An exemption shall be made for vehicles being displayed during, the event and for vehicles associated with deliveries to the event.
Alternate Route : An alternative route for this closure will be available via Rosemount Viaduct, Union Terrace, Union Street, Broad Street or vice versa.

Skene Terrace

Start Date and Time : 29 September 2016 08:00
End Date and Time : 01 October 2016 20:00
Location : Skene Terrace
Description : Aberdeen City Council has made the above-named order in terms of its powers under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. The effect of the order, which will operate from 08:00 on 29 September, 2016, until 20:00 on 1 October, 2016, is to impose a temporary prohibition of waiting on the north side of Skene Terrace, Aberdeen, between its junction with Rosemount Viaduct and east boundary of 40 Skene Terrace. The measure is necessary to protect public safety during SGN gas connection works.

Sep 19

Skene Street Project Crowd Funding Has Begun!

We are really excited to announce the launch of our crowd funding campaign for the next phase of The Skene Street Project.

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-skene-street-project

The campaign will be run on CrowdFunder.co.uk and last for 8 weeks!. During that time people will be able to pledge money towards the project and any money raised will go firstly to creating a new entrance and path to the site which will open us up to creating an alternative to the pavement. Everyone who pledges will be rewarded in varying ways from being permanently mentioned in a thank you page on our we

The initial goal is for £30,000 however we have set this up in such a way that any money raised can be kept and put toward the project. We have done this to allow us to get the project started as we know that to finish the full project will take a lot more money.

If we are lucky enough to reach our goal by the end of the 60 days and surpass it then we will add stretch goals and rewards to show what any and all money will be spent on.

We also recognise that not everyone will be able to directly help the campaign but please share it with your friends and family it all helps!

If you would like to discuss other ways or if there is not a pledge level that suits you please get in touch and we can look at ways for you or your business to be involved.
Please use the #TheSkeneStreetProject when sharing info.
If you would like to donate outwith the crowdfunding campaign there is a paypal donate button on our website!

Aug 22

Road Closure for Celebrate Aberdeen Parade

Start Date and Time : 27 August 2016 10:00
End Date and Time : 27 August 2016 13:00
Location : Celebrate Aberdeen
Description : Aberdeen City Council has made the above-named orders in terms of its powers under section 62(1) of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984, and section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 respectively. The effect of the first order is to impose a prohibition of driving on all the roads on the schedule below from at the times stated on 27 August, 2016. Schedule Albyn Place from St Swithin Street to Alford Place 10:00 – 12:00 Alford Place from Albyn Place to Union Street 10:00 – 12:00 Castle Street from Union Street to Kings Street 10:30 – 13:00 King Street from Union Street to West North Street 10:30 – 13:00 Prince Arthur Street from Albyn Place to Albyn Terrace Lane 10:00 – 12:00 Albyn Grove from Albyn Place to Albyn Lane 10:00 – 12:00 Albyn Grove from Albyn Place to Queens Terrace 10:00 – 12:00 Rubislaw Terrace from Albyn Place to Waverley Place 10:00 – 12:00 Victoria Street from Alford Place to Thistle Lane 10:00 – 12:00 Union Street from Alford Place to Castle Street 10:00 – 13:00 Holburn Street from Alford Place to Union Grove 10:00 – 13:00 Chapel Street from Union Street to Thistle Street 10:30 – 13:00 Union Row from Union Street to Union Wynd10:30 – 13:00 Bon Accord Street from Union Street to Langstane Place 10:30 – 13:00 South Silver Street from Union Street to Diamond Lane 10:00 – 13:00 Crown Street from Union Street to Langstane Place 10:30 – 13:00 Diamond Street from Union Street to Diamond Lane 10:30 – 13:00 Union Terrace at junction with Union Street 10:30 – 13:00 Bridge Street from Union Street to Bridge Place 10:30 – 13:00 Back Wynd from Union Street to Gaelic Lane 10:30 – 13:00 Market Street from Union Street to Hadden Street 10:30 – 13:00 St Catherines Wynd from Union Street to Netherkirkgate 10:30 – 13:00Broad Street from Union Street to Queens Street 10:30 – 13:00 Exchequer Row at its junction with Castle Street 10:30 – 13:00 Marischal Street at its junction with Castle Street 10:30 – 13:00 Various alternative routes shall be available. The second order allows for the existing prohibitions of right turns from King Street, Aberdeen, on to West North Street, from Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen, on to Skene Street, and from Holburn Street, Aberdeen, on to Willowbank Road to be suspended temporarily between 10:00 and 13:00 on 27 August 2016. The one way restriction on Exchequer Row, Aberdeen and Shiprow, Aberdeen, shall be suspended for the duration of this order. There will be a suspension all waiting for any purpose, with the exception of any waiting Taxi, on the west side of Chapel Street, Aberdeen, north of the junction with Thistle Street for 53 Metres or thereby. This is to provide a temporary Taxi rank for this period. Also, on the inset road on Schoolhill, Aberdeen, with the exception of any waiting Taxi, This is to provide a temporary Taxi rank for this period. The one way system on Chapel Street, Aberdeen, between its junctions with Thistle Street and Union Street, will be suspended and on Chapel Street, Aberdeen, between its junctions with Thistle Street and Little Chapel Street. The direction of travel will be northbound. From 18:00 on 26 August, 2016, until13:00 on 27 August, 2016, there will be a suspension of waiting on the north side of Albyn Place, Aberdeen, between its junctions with Carden Place and Rubislaw Place. The measures are in the interests of safety: to allow the planned Celebrate Aberdeen Parade to take place safely.

Jun 16

Skene Street Project Update

Funding News

First of all at our June meeting (08/06/16) we received some amazing news from Council Leader Jenny Laing and one of our ward councillors announced that the Skene Street project was awarded £7000 as part of decision made at June’s Finance, Policy & resources where a whole host of projects were awarded funding. We are incredibly grateful to the Aberdeen City Council for the funding and will look at how it is best used to move our project forward.

More funding News, we have been building a crowd funding project via Crowd Funder UK. The goal is to at minimum raise enough to create a new entrance and path which would instantly improve the site both it’s look and access.

In order to make the crowd funding campaign  as successful as possible we have been working with North East Scotland College TV  Students Matthew Lukowski and Joe McConnachie to create a short promotional video which will introduce the project. We hope this will increase the exposure of the crowd funding campaign and help those not familiar with the project understand why we believe this is a worth while cause.

It is very much hoped we can launch the campaign by the during the summer and we will make sure everyone knows it is launched!

We are also of course looking into other funding streams and as always if anyone knows of anyone or a company that can help by way of resources such as materials or expertise it would mean we could get this done without the need for money.

Something that would be very useful at the moment would be paint that can be used on concrete for the main back wall , which based on the picture I am sure you will all agree could use some brightening up!20160311_150709

Other News

Finally, following being granted planning permission for the Skene Street project we are we are applying for a building warrant which is necessary for some of the works relating to a new entrance and path. The application is in and associated costs have been paid, we just await a decision so we hope it is successful and it would mean we have a project ready to go pending funding!

If you have any queries or interest in the project please contact us via email : skenestreetproject@citycentrecc.com

 

 

Apr 28

Some Great news for The Skene Street Project & an update!

The Good News

April has been a great month for the Skene Street project! During March we announced that we had applied for planning permission. We are very pleased to say that permission was granted for the improvements to access and enhancements of the area on the 11th of April. This means we have another box ticked when it comes to putting in grant applications.

We also received a great boost from Consulting Structural & Civil Engineers firm Ramsey & Chalmers who have already helped us by providing their services for free by creating a report needed for some of the work. Their staff have very kindly voted to donate money which is raised by their dress down days at work to the Skene Street Project. This marks the first cash donation since we started campaigning for the current phases of the project.

 

So what comes next?

Recently it was reported in the Evening Express that we have agreed to work on a crowd funding campaign in a bid to start raising money for the Skene Street project. We are currently building the best campaign possible to give us the best chance to raise money towards our project. As part of that we are seeking help to make a video introducing the project to those who have maybe never heard about the project.

We are appealing to students or professionals who would be interested in helping and to be part of The Skene Street project to get in touch by emailing skenestreetproject@citycentrecc.com.

While we build our crowd funding campaign we will be making applications to various grant streams and appealing to local businesses who maybe able to help with the skills we need and or materials which would help reduce the cost of the project.

Finally following the successful planning application, with the help of Lucy MacKenzie from George Watt & Stewart Architects we will be seeking a building warrant which is required for some of the work such as a removal of a set of stairs and creating the new entrance.

We want to say thank you to everyone who has helped and been involved in getting us this far and to see things coming together only makes us work harder to make the project a success.

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