Scheme faces de­lays over land talks

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A MA­JOR road project could be de­layed over strug­gles buy­ing land. Aberdeen City Coun­cil is spend­ing £26.4 mil­lion im­prov­ing the Ber­ry­den cor­ri­dor to boost traf­fic flow around the city and a new re­port sug­gests the scheme could cost more and take longer than orig­i­nally thought. The coun­cil can use le­gal pow­ers to force through the sale of some land on the project route, but it is also try­ing to buy land own­ers are not legally obliged to sell. A re­port to be dis­cussed at to­day’s city growth and re­sources com­mit­tee meet­ing said the project is pos­ing “de­liv­ery chal­lenges” and added: “The project team are pro­gress­ing the nec­es­sary ar­range­ments in­clud­ing a re­assess­ment of re­sourc­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions for some vol­un­tary prop­erty ac­qui­si­tions. “The pri­ori­ti­sa­tion of the School­hill Pub­lic Realm project has re­sulted in an ex­ten­sion of the time­line for this ac­tiv­ity.” Op­po­si­tion SNP coun­cil­lor Alex Ni­coll said: “The re­port does pose con­cerns. It is good that we have an op­por­tu­nity to ask ques­tions about the project at the meet­ing.” The city coun­cil ad­min­is­tra­tion’s roads spokesman, Cllr Ross Grant, of Labour, said: “I know coun­cil of­fi­cers have been work­ing very hard to make progress.”

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