ANGER OVER TOWN HOUSE CAR PARK RE­PAIRS

De­ci­sion to fix staff fa­cil­ity branded ‘bizarre’

Evening Express (City Final) - - Front Page - BY DALE HASLAM

POLITI­CIANS have dubbed a coun­cil de­ci­sion to spend cash re­pair­ing its staff car park “bizarre” while other roads are ne­glected.

Aberdeen City Coun­cil shut its Town House car park at the week­end for re­pairs to the en­trance. The move has drawn crit­i­cism from op­po­nents, who say the cash should have been spent re­pair­ing pot­hole-stricken roads. The lo­cal au­thor­ity said the work cost £600 and was not funded by the roads main­te­nance bud­get – but the is­sue has sparked a wider row about coun­cil pri­or­i­ties and whether coun­cil­lors should have to pay to park for meet­ings. The row be­gan on De­cem­ber 13 when a coun­cil man­ager wrote to coun­cil­lors about the work. The man­ager said he hoped the works would be sup­ported by all “due to the long-stand­ing re­quire­ment for re­pairs and the po­ten­tial con­se­quences of not hav­ing them un­der­taken.” SNP Coun­cil­lor Alex Ni­coll ques­tioned why the coun­cil was not spend­ing more on re­pair­ing roads with pot­holes, such as Spring Gar­den and King George VI Bridge in Aberdeen. He added: “It’s ob­vi­ous the Town House ramp is a bit of a mess but it’s hardly the worst road you’ll ever drive on, par­tic­u­larly given you’re sup­posed to do so at very low speed. “It seems bizarre that it is deemed a pri­or­ity but, given the ad­min­is­tra­tion con­tin­ues to re­ject our pro­pos­als to ask coun­cil­lors to pay a min­i­mal charge to use the car park, it’s hardly sur­pris­ing. “There are a num­ber of roads across Aberdeen in need of re­pair.” Coun­cil co-leader, Con­ser­va­tive Dou­glas Lums­den said: “The work be­ing done is to stop fur­ther de­te­ri­o­ra­tion and fur­ther cost. “This was dis­cussed at the re­cent elected mem­bers’ work­ing group by SNP’S Coun­cil­lor Mclel­lan and he did not voice any con­cerns dur­ing the meet­ing.” Mr Mclel­lan replied: “Rather than bump their gums about what wasn’t raised at a meet­ing, which has no de­ci­sion-mak­ing pow­ers, they should re­flect on the choices they have made in the coun­cil cham­ber to re­ject a coun­cil­lor park­ing charge and ad­di­tional spend on re­pair­ing our streets.” He added: “For a num­ber of years the SNP group have pro­posed charg­ing coun­cil­lors for us­ing the car park. This year alone, that would have raised £16,000. A coun­cil spokesper­son said: “Es­sen­tial main­te­nance of coun­cil prop­er­ties is bud­geted for. This work, at a cost of £600, will en­sure safe ac­cess to the car park is main­tained.”

Coun­cil­lor Alex Ni­coll hits out over re­pairs to the coun­cil car park, ques­tion­ing why pot­holes around the city re­mained un­fixed

Pot­holes on King George VI Bridge

The re­pairs to the car park cost £600 to com­plete

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