Annual Cove Clean Up - 26th April - Loirston Primary School 10-12 noon


Litter pickers, black bags and gloves supplied. Refreshments on return.

Cove Gala, Saturday, 14th June at Loirston School

To the Cove Community
We are desperately looking for people to volunteer in the various popular events during Gala week and on Gala day.

We are in serious threat of having to cancel this years Gala (after 35 years of running) due to lack of support,
unless we can get people to give up 2, 3, or 4 hours of their time (or more if you can manage) to help with a
wide range of activities from helping on:-
The sweet stall
Toys stall
Candy floss
Putting up/taking down tents
etc etc on any of the Gala events
Football heats, Saturday 31st May
Adults race night, Saturday 7th June
Pets Parade and open air disco, Friday 13th June
Gala Day itself on Saturday, 14th June

Any time you or your family/friends can provide will be greatly appreciated by the committee and your local community neighbours. If you can help please contact us via the Cove Gala Facebook page, a member of the committee
(Dawn Penny - 07772 836632, Jacqueline McDonald - 07878 825108, Jayne Thomson - 07729 193276)
or through this website to

Charleston Cove Development

(Land to the north of Charleston School)

Over 50 residents, members of the Community Council, a local Councillor and other interested parties, attended a presentation by the Company CA Blackwell in Loirston Primary School on the 24th February.  Questions were asked from the floor and answered by representatives from CA Blackwell, Fairhurst and Stewart Milne Homes.

The message was that the work being carried out to safely remediate the former landfill site to an inert and stable condition in order to allow future housing development to take place, would last until September 2015.  All work to be done within strict guidelines with spot checks by outside bodies.  We hope to have information bulletins on progress from CA Blackwell very shortly, along with contact details.

The site is being fenced in for security and if you see anything untoward going on in or around the site outwith working hours, please contact the Police by dialing 101.  Working hours were given as Monday-Friday 07.00 hours to 19.00 hours, Saturday 07.00 hours to 16.00 hours with no work being done on Sundays or Public Holidays.  Works vehicles to be restricted to 15 mph on Charleston Road.

Festive Lighting Fund Update

The Annual Christmas Concert was a great success with £539.00 raised towards the Festive Lighting Fund.  A great big thank you to the Altens Thistle Hotel for sponsoring the venue in their Ballroom and to all those who donated raffle prizes.  Grateful thanks also to all the Companies who sponsored the Christmas Lights and Tree - more details here:
Cove Christmas Concert and Lights

Old Cove Conservation Area

Work is still going on to gather information and fact find before calling a meeting of those who volunteered to form a steering group.  More details as soon as there is something to report.

Welcome to the website for the Community of Cove and Altens in Aberdeen.

Here you will find lots of information on all the goings on in this thriving community.

The history of Cove

Have a look at the history of the Community of Cove from the 18th century to the current day by Douglas W Gray.

The bustling community is far removed from a sleepy fishing village in the 1790's of less than 300 souls  more...

Community Council meetings

All members of the Community are invited to the regular Community Council meetings which are held at Loirston Primary School.

Community Councillors
Despite previous appeals we still have vacancies on our Community Council.  We urgently need to fill these posts so if you are interested please give us a call or come along to our next meeting and hopefully after hearing what we do you may be inspired to join us in looking after the interests of our Community. etc.  Michele McPartlin, 01224 890329 or

More information on the work of the Community Council and the Community Councillors roles can be found here.

Cove and Altens Community Councillors as at;

July 2012
April 2007

Contact for more information

Come along to hear what's going on at 7:00pm on the following dates;

  • 24th February
  • 31st March
  • 28th April
  • 26th May
  • 30th June

Minutes of Community Council meetings can be found here.

Chairman's Notes

Cove and Altens Chairman, provides an update on current matters affecting the residents of the Community of Cove and Altens.

    February 2014
December 2013   October 2013   August 2013
June 2013   April 2013   February 2013
December 2012   October 2012   August 2012
June 2012   April 2012   February 2012
December 2011   October 2011   August 2011
June 2011   April 2011   February 2011
December 2010   October 2010   August 2010

Local City Councillor Surgeries

If you would like to meet one of your Local City Councillors to discuss any matter then you can attend one of their surgeries listed under Useful Numbers.  Surgeries are available for Neil Cooney, Andy Finlayson or Callum McCaig.

Community Centre Programmes

Altens Community Centre

The programmes for Altens Community Centre  are now available.  Have a browse to see what interests you.

Do you have any spare time and are able to help at Altens Community Centre on a voluntary basis?  More information can be found here .

Loirston Annexe

Full details of programmes can be found here.

Doonies Farm

Doonies Farm website -

Doonies Farm sits on the cliff tops between Aberdeen Lighthouse and the village of Cove. The farm is home to some of Britain’s rarest breeds of cattle, sheep, horses, pigs, goats and poultry. It is a working farm that is managed using mainly traditional farming methods to encourage local wildlife to flourish too.

For generations of children, Doonies has been their first contact with the countryside.

Cities twinned with Aberdeen

Aberdeen is twinned with the following cities;

  • Regensburg in Germany
  • Stavanger in Norway
  • Clermont-Ferrand in France
  • Gomel in Belarus
  • Bulawayo in Zimbabwe

Does your group/organisation have interests you feel might benefit from making connections with or visiting other similar groups in one of our twin cities?

Find out more from Aberdeen City Council - Twin City Partnerships.

A Design Workshop for the Sustainable Growth of Cove

Full details can be found here.

Neighbourhood Bulletin

The latest Neighbourhood Bulletin provides information on local services, projects and events happening in your area.

Aberdeen Football Club proposed 21,000 seater stadium at Loch of Loirston

Survey details

Your Chronicle Needs You!

You may have noticed that your Cove Chronicle has grown over the years due to our ever expanding community and our readership has greatly increased from our early days.

The Chronicle has and continues to be a true and real community effort with everyone involved giving of their time on a voluntary basis to help in getting the wide ranging local information to you every two months.  This involves many tasks and duties which include:

• Making contact with people and gathering information for articles and advertising
• Putting the Chronicle together into the newsletter format and style we have adopted and developed over the years
• Keeping our finances in order
• Organising distribution throughout our Community

We are currently looking for people to join our band of volunteers and if you can offer to help with any of these tasks, please get in touch.  If you would like to find out more before committing to anything, we would be happy to have an informal chat with you.

Please email

LDP Review and Consultation

We are now starting the process of producing the next Aberdeen Local Development Plan (LDP).  It is vital to keep the LDP as up to date as possible to ensure that it responds to new issues and takes into account the evolving needs of local communities and businesses.

Full details can be found here.


Latest news

More information required

We are gradually building up information to place on our website.

If you run a community group or club in Cove and Altens and would like to have your details added, please contact us.

Extracts from The Cove Chronicle

We now have a selection of articles from the current
Cove Chronicle.

Police News

John Fiddes 0372 and Jake Woo 0991 are based at the Cove Police Station at the Cove Library, Loirston Avenue and look forward to meeting and assisting the Cove community.

Police newsletter February 2014

Information on protecting the elderly from financial abuse can be found here.

Carols round the Xmas tree

Carol singing round the Xmas tree at the switching on ceremony.

Cove in Bloom

Winter may be approaching but Cove in Bloom is still hard at work planning and preparing for the new season, and there are lots of things in the pipeline more info....

The sculptor we have chosen for our statue of Isie Caie wants to speak to as many folk as he can who knew Isie Caie more info....

Public Consultation - Old Cove Conservation Area

Draft Conservation Area Character Appraisals and Management Plan


The City Council is reviewing its conservation areas and looking at how best to manage them.  It has produced a draft Conservation Area Character Appraisals and Management Plan, which will provide guidance for the public and help developers identify and formulate proposals in conservation areas.

The character appraisal concludes that the developments and alterations that have taken place since designation in 1975 have had a very negative effect on Cove.  After careful consideration it concludes that the Conservation Area should be de-designated.

Full details here...

Nether Loirston Growers News

The Nether Loirston Growers website can be found at

The NLGA Allotments for Cove and District residents, were establised in 2011 and paid for by a grant to the Community of £37,750 from the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund.  This enabled the laying out of the site which was semi derelict ground and surplus to City Council needs.  The Allotment site is managed by a Committee of Association members and 31 plots, raised beds and community growing areas have been formed with the allotments being taken up and worked by both beginners and seasoned growers, a local school and playgroup.

Space in our large poly tunnel, for which we fund raised, is available to all plotholders.  There is a good community spirit on site and we have social events throughout the year.

There is growing space available for this season and to find out more please contact Michele McPartlin, Secretary or Marlene Westland, Chair, 896769.

Questionnaire on street cleaning in Aberdeen

Aberdeen City Council's environmental services department has released an online questionnaire to gauge the public's views on street cleaning in the city.

The questionnaire focuses on how important people think certain environmental services are and how they think the service performs.

The survey is available at

NESCAMP North Esplanade West Enforcement

Motorists still seem oblivious to the 30mph limit on North Esplanade West.

Over the four day period of 14/02/13 to 18/02/13 75 offences were period within four hours.

Julie Smith, Communications Officer from NESCAMP said 'we are still detecting a disappointingly high number of offenders on North Esplanade West despite repeatedly stressing the message that the speed limit is 30mph.

I would like to stress that dual carriageways within the city do not automatically have a 40mph speed limit. In fact there are over ten such roads in Aberdeen which are subject to a 30mph limit.

Motorists must remember that the speed limit is there for the safety of all road users'.

NESCAMP is a partnership comprising Grampian Police, Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, the Moray Council and Transport Scotland. The Partnership exists with the aim of reducing the number of people killed and seriously injured on North East Roads.

63rd Aberdeen (Cove Bay) Scout Group

The Scout Group are looking for adult volunteers to help run their Beaver, Cub and Scout sections.  more...

Give your views on the use of local open spaces

Your local park..., Litter-strewn or litter-free? Brilliant or boring? A no-go area or a safe place to be? ...what would make it better? Now's the time to have your say...

GreenSTAT is a system that gives local residents the opportunity to comment on the quality of their open spaces and how well they feel they are being managed and maintained.

You can make your views known to Aberdeen City Council, anonymous if wished, through this questionnaire.

Cancer awareness info from the NHS

CANCER, don't get scared, get checked. Things to look out for.

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