COUNCIL’S LAND BUY BID FOR BERRYDEN CORRIDOR
ABERDEEN City Council today launched a bid to force the sale of around 100 plots of land as part of a £26.4 million roads scheme.
ABERDEEN City Council today launched a bid to forcefully buy property, rights and land from current owners as part of plans to alleviate congestion with a £26.4 million scheme. The local authority said it has made a compulsory purchase order (CPO) for around 100 plots as part of the Berryden Corridor Improvement Project – despite a council spokeswoman stating affected residents and occupiers were yet to receive letters informing them of the move. According to the document the council hopes to buy some plots while acquiring servitudes or other rights, including access, in other areas. Companies including Gilcomston Investments, Network Rail and Scottish Hydro are affected, while dozens of private residents as well as landlords are also included by parts of the CPO with some residential properties being bought and others poised to lose parts of their gardens, if the order is approved. One private resident, who faces losing part of her garden to the process, blasted the city council for the lack of information it had provided over the last two years. The woman, who did not want to be named, said: “I’m under the impression that they wanted to buy part of our garden but this was two years ago. Whether residents are against this or not it sounds like they will go ahead with this.” The CPO move would see the council snap up the rights and land if the move is approved by Scottish ministers – a process which could take up to two years. Another homeowner, on Caroline Place, who also asked not to be named, said: “It is still all up in the air at the minute. I haven’t received any letters. “The first CPO notice we got was maybe three years ago because they may have wanted the property. “The council have been dragging their heels... people’s lives and homes are in limbo with this.” The planned project involves widening the existing road and junction improvements between Skene Square and Ashgrove Road, and the construction of a new section of road between Ashgrove Road and Kittybrewster roundabout. It would have junctions instead of roundabouts, except for the St Machar Drive roundabout which would remain. According to those behind the project it would provide “substantial benefits” across “the north of the city and beyond” including improved journey times and connections, reduced congestion and improved pedestrian and cycle provision. The council spokeswoman said a copy of the CPO and a map of the proposed affected land and properties can be viewed at Central Library, Cornhill Library, and Woodside Library, and online at bit.ly/2zqmp32 Any objections to the order must be made in writing to Scottish ministers by December 14.
The move is part of the council’s plans for the £26.4m Berryden Corridor Improvement Project