COUN­CIL’S LAND BUY BID FOR BER­RY­DEN COR­RI­DOR

Evening Express (City Final) - - Front Page - BY LEE MCCANN

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

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