Community Council By-election


There will be a by-election for the Cove and Altens Community Council area with nominations being taken from Wednesday 22nd October 2014. The closing date for nominations is at 4 pm on Thursday, 20th November, 2014.

This has been forced by members resigning from the Community Council for a variety of reasons. The current position is that there are more co-opted members than full members which is not acceptable from a governance point of view.

Community Councils are established to be a voice for the local community and to liaise with Aberdeen City Council and other external bodies and/or partners on various issues affecting their local area. Your Community Council has been established since 1986 and is involved in various local projects including the production and distribution of The Cove Chronicle, fundraising for and erecting the Community Christmas Tree, Christmas Street lights, the annual Christmas Concert, the annual Cove Clean Up and the Gardening Competition.

To be a Community Councillor you need to be on the electoral register for the Cove and Altens Community Council area and be able to commit a few hours of your time to attend the Community Council meetings, normally once per month and to take an active role in delivering some of the objectives of the Community Council. At the nomination stage of the election process you will be required to complete a form that has been signed by a proposer and seconder, both must be on the electoral register for the area, and submit the form by the deadline date to the Elections Unit of Aberdeen City Council.

The Community Council will be re-established if there are between six and 12 valid nominations.

This is your time to make a difference and have the voice of the community heard. If you would like further information regarding Community Councils then please contact Karen Rennie, the Community Council Liaison Officer on 01224 552723 or email

Public Exhibition - Nigg Bay has been selected for an expanded harbour

Development Framework Nigg Bay are interested to hear your views and opinions on what affect this might have
on the areas around it and how we can maximise the opportunities associated with this new development.

Where and when

The next exhibition will be held at:
The Atrium, Union Square, Guild Square, AB11 5RG
16th October 9am - 8pm

Our exhibition material then will be available to view at:
Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Shiprow, AB11 5BY
17th October - 31st October
Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 12noon - 3pm, Closed Monday

Old Cove Conservation Area

At a meeting on Wednesday evening, 11th June 2014, in the Cove Bay Hotel, some residents came together and formed "The Friends of Old Cove".  They will investigate funding and what can be done to reverse the City Council's decision to de-designate the Old Cove Conservation Status.  Some historical information is available on this website and to view the appraisal go to this link.

If you can offer knowledge or skills that could help with this work please get in touch

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;

June 2014
July 2012
April 2007

Contact for more information

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

  • 27th October
  • 24th November

  • 19th January
  • 9th February AGM
  • 23rd February
  • 30th March
  • 27th April
  • 25th May
  • 29th June
  • 24th August

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.

  October 2014   August 2014
June 2014   April 2014   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.

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


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 October 2014

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

Cove Gala 2014

The Portlethen Pipe Band gave a rousing start to the proceedings. Hundreds of people came along and with lots to see and do the afternoon was a great success.

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.

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.

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...

Cancer awareness info from the NHS

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

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