Road Safety Torrential Rain and Floods – timely Advise from Grampian Police

As has been seen recently we have had torrential rain and this has caused various roads issues from single vehicle collisions to roads being closed that are flooded.

We would urge the public to follow two strict safety guidelines:-

1)     Do not drive through council road closed signs.  These are red and white and therefore prohibitive and contraventions of this signage can be dealt with by way of formal action and reporting to the Procurator Fiscal.  Only those who need to access a specific property will be afforded a right to head to their home or place of work.  The signs are there to protect motorists.

2)     If you come to a flooded stretch of road do not assume that the water is shallow and drive into it.  Consider finding an alternate route and contact the council or police on phone number 101.  Entering flood water is dangerous ; generally culverts lift and displace so a vehicle wheel may drop into one causing the vehicle to stop progress, dip on that side and invariably start to flood the vehicle.  If persons get marooned in such water, wading out also has its dangers, also stepping into an unseen lifted culvert could cause severe injury

Westhill A2B Dial-a-Bus Service

On Monday 2nd November the Westhill A2B dial-a-bus service will resume, with a Monday to Friday service being operated by a Council minibus.  The service will operate between 0900 hours and 1600 hours with a 45 minute break at lunchtime (1215 to 1300 hours).  Customers wishing to travel must book no later than the day before travel.

Copies of the new Westhill A2B leaflet and A2B Passenger Guide will be sent to regular customers in Westhill, Echt etc and other interested parties. They can be viewed below.

Queries about the new service can be made to A2B on 01467 535 333 or a2bdialabus@aberdeenshire.gov.uk.

Library Services Click & Collect

Rollout of next phase of click and collect and home delivery brings library services closer to communities

From this week, Live Life Aberdeenshire’s Click and Collect and Doorstep Delivery library services will begin to roll out to more communities around the area. It follows their recent introduction in Ballater, Banchory, Ellon, Fraserburgh, Inverurie, Oldmeldrum, Peterhead, and Stonehaven.

The services allow customers and staff to remain socially distant and safe, while still getting what they need to make lockdown more bearable.  

Libraries introducing the services at the end of this month are: Turriff (October 22), Mearns (October 27) and Aboyne (October 31).

The following libraries will offer the services into November: Alford (November 2), Westhill (November 2), New Pitsligo (November 2), Macduff (November 4), Balmedie (November 5), Cruden Bay (November 6), Portlethen (November 9), Cairnbulg (November 12), Kemnay (November 12), Kintore (November 19), Rosehearty (November 19), Banff (November 26) and Inverbervie (November 26).

Doorstep delivery only will be offered from some smaller libraries where click and collect is not possible.

The opportunity to collect (or have delivered) new books, hearing aid batteries from the NHS and Curricular Support Resources has been very popular so far.   

While digital library services have been very well used during lockdown, there has been great demand for increased access to materials only available in libraries.       

A new online system has been developed alongside an easy-to-use phone service to book time slots and resources. A “Live Chat” function is also available on the Live Life Aberdeenshire website.

Customers can return items to any of the participating sites, or to our reopened sports centres, where contactless drop off will be possible at the entrance.

Public PC access is also available at a number of libraries across the area.  

Call our helpline to book slots and for more information on (01467) 532929 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.

You can also find out more and book your slot where available at: https://bit.ly/CnCLLA

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