Bar given 23 days to remove banner backing #Allforaurora
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.