Bar given 23 days to re­move ban­ner back­ing #All­forau­rora

Evening Express (City Final) - - News - By Peter David­son

AN ABERDEEN bar has been given 23 work­ing days to re­move a ban­ner which backs the pro­posed new Dons sta­dium.

Soul Bar has been asked by Aberdeen City Coun­cil to take down its All for Aurora ban­ner which backs the cam­paign.

Paul Clark­son, a di­rec­tor of PB Devco, which owns Soul, has said the ban­ner will stay up un­til the 23 days are fin­ished.

Coun­cil­lors at the lo­cal au­thor­ity will vote on the £50 mil­lion sta­dium and train­ing com­plex at Kings­ford on Oc­to­ber 11.

Mr Clark­son said: “The ban­ner will stay up un­til the days are up. That hap­pens to be the day of the meet­ing so it will have done its job by then. The coun­cil has said it was ad­ver­tis­ing but I am just sup­port­ing the cam­paign to get the sta­dium built.

“I think it will be great for the city to have a new sta­dium.”

A spokesman for Aberdeen City Coun­cil said: “Fol­low­ing ini­tial cor­re­spon­dence and sub­se­quent di­a­logue with the owner of Soul Bar, an en­force­ment no­tice was served on Septem­ber 13 for the re­moval of the ban­ner. This is due to the plan­ning guide­lines in re­la­tion to the size and visual im­pact of the ban­ner. The en­force­ment no­tice comes into ef­fect on Oc­to­ber 16, from which point the owner has seven days to com­ply with the re­quire­ments.”

Mean­while, the owner of an award-win­ning chip­per has backed the new sta­dium.

Stuart Devine has erected All for Aurora ban­ners on the out­side of The Ash­vale’s Great West­ern Road site.

He said: “The plans for AFC’S new sta­dium are ex­cit­ing and ab­so­lutely es­sen­tial for the club and the for the re­gion. As a busi­ness owner, I’m fully sup­port­ive be­cause I know the pos­i­tive im­pact the feel-good fac­tor of a win­ning team can have. When our team does well, busi­ness in­creases – we’ve seen it hap­pen.

“The club needs these new fa­cil­i­ties to per­form even bet­ter on the pitch and we’ll all ben­e­fit from the win­ning ef­fect. As a Westhill res­i­dent for more than 20 years, I’m equally sup­port­ive. The com­mu­nity and train­ing fa­cil­i­ties on of­fer will be great for the lo­cal com­mu­nity as well as the wider re­gion.”

A group has been set up to op­pose the con­tro­ver­sial plans on the out­skirts of Westhill. The No to Kings­ford group be­lieves the ap­pli­ca­tion does not have an ad­e­quate trans­port strat­egy and breaches plan­ning pol­icy.

Cam­paign: Paul Clark­son, op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor of PB Devco.

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