Beautiful Scotland, Beautiful Aberdeen

Congratulations to all the Aberdeen medalists and award winners at last night’s 50th anniversary celebrations for Beautiful Scotland held at the Beach Ballroom.


There were gold medals for Growing Smarter, Granite City Aberdeen, Culter in Bloom, Dyce in Bloom, Powis Residents Group and silver gilt medals for Cove in Bloom and Aberdeen Inspired.

Growing Smarter, Granite City Aberdeen won the City Award, the David Welch Memorial Award for Something Special for David Welch Winter Gardens and the Royal Horticultural Society Award for Overcoming Adversity for Seaton Park.  Powis Residents Group won the Flatted Community Award.

Well done everybody involved.  It was a great night for Aberdeen.

Glitter Pick

Following yesterday’s CMT meeting at Hazlehead Park there was time for a quick photo in support of the Council’s Glitter Pick Clean Up Aberdeen 2016 campaign:


Every team should take the opportunity to get involved, further information below:

Scotland has a litter problem. Householders and landowners spend significant sums of money clearing mess from their own land, and Scotland spends at least £75 million of public money on litter and flytipping each year. Furthermore, with tourism worth over £4bn a year to Scotland, and scenery and landscape being given as the number one reason for visiting Scotland, the consequences of mess are clear.

Clean Up Aberdeen is Aberdeen’s campaign to involve everyone living, working and visiting in action against litter and mess. Aberdeen City Council spends over £4 million on clearing litter from Aberdeen’s streets and open spaces. Everyone must work together to end this.

Our campaign sees a series of planned events led by inspired and passionate people from all places and all backgrounds that want a beautiful and litter free Aberdeen. Why not register for a Clean Up of your local community with friends and family, work colleagues or your community group.

Clean Ups are great fun and make a noticeable difference to areas.

Aberdeen City Council, Environmental Services can lend you litter picking tongs, high viz vests, gloves and black bags and will uplift the collected rubbish. All you have to do is pick and bag the litter. For more details, or to get help organising an event call 03000 200 292, or email 

Take a look at Clean up Aberdeen on facebook

and yet more awards …

Great news overnight with the announcement of the Council’s success at the APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) Service Awards 2016.

Our Building Cleaning and Facilities Management team won the Best Service Team award.  Congratulations to all involved in securing such a prestigious honour.

The Council was also a finalist in a number of other categories with our work at 80 West North Street, with Northfield Total Place and the Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project all being showcased at the ceremony last night.

A great way to end the week.  Well done to all involved.

More Awards

I want to take the opportunity to add my congratulations to those of last week’s Communities, Housing and Infrastructure Committee for four award-winning apprentices in the Council.

Kieran Smith, an apprentice blacksmith won the runner-up prize in the Best Fabrication and Welding Apprentice of the Year 2016 at Tullos Training College, this award is for the Fabrication & Welding apprentices who attend Tullos Training College in the first two years of their apprenticeship. When Doug Gibb spoke to his lecturer he said that “Kieran fully deserved the award for all the hard work he had put in over the two years at college”.

David Hutcheon, an apprentice plumber, won Best 2nd Year Plumbing Apprentice at Tullos Training College 2016, this award is for outstanding achievement in 2nd Year at College, David’s lecturer at college said “David fully deserved the award this year as he just missed out on the award for Best 1st Year Plumber last year” which was won by another Aberdeen City Council Apprentice, he said he is expecting David to push next year for the 3rd Year award.

Craig Paterson, another apprentice plumber won Best 3rd Year Plumbing Apprentice at Tullos Training College 2016, which included Craig gaining his Gas Fitting Certificate.  Craig’s lecturer at college said “Craig’s standard of work was one of the best we have ever seen and this is the standard we have come to expect from him over his training programme”.  It was for this reason Craig also won the JFD  Achievement Award 2016, this award is for an apprentice’s entire time at college.

Graeme Baird, an apprentice electrician won the APSE Scottish Building & Housing 2nd Year Apprentice of the Year 2016, this follows on from him winning the award for APSE Scottish Building & Housing 1st Year Apprentice of the Year 2015.  Graeme won Best Electrical Apprentice every year during his time at Tullos Training College and was Runner-up in the APSE UK Apprentice of the Year 2015.

Graeme and Craig have now submitted portfolios to the APSE UK Apprentice of the Year awards 2016 so fingers crossed for them.

A special mention should also go to apprentice plumber Michael Spence who was a Runner-Up at the APSE Scottish Apprentice of the Year Awards 2016 and apprentice joiner Sean Farquhar who won a 4th place at the Scottish Association of Timber Trade Teachers Competition at South Lanarkshire College.

Excellent news all round and a special mention for Doug Gibb who does so much to support and encourage the Council’s team of apprentices.

Imagining Aberdeen

Last week’s CMT meeting was held at the Belmont so that we could have the privilege of attending the launch of the Imagining Aberdeen mural and film.  Children’s Parliament has been working with 300 children from Bramble Brae, Manor Park, Riverbank and Tullos primary schools as they imagine Aberdeen as a place where every child is healthy, happy, safe and doing their best.

It was a truly inspirational event that certainly made clear to us what our priorities should be in the coming years!  Watch the film here and read the blog here

Well done to all involved.