Planners’ scathing report hits Aberdeen groundbid
ABERDEEN FC’s hopes of moving to a new £50 million stadium have been dealt a blow after a scathing report from city council planning officials.
The SPFL club is desperate to leave Pittodrie – where it has been based for more than a century – but a new report by Aberdeen City Council dismisses the prospect that the proposed new 20,000seater stadium at Kingsford would bring major economic benefits.
Instead, analysis by the Communities, Housing and Infrastructure department pours cold water on claims the project would generate more than £100m and create both a significant number of short and full-time jobs.
A spokesman for the No to Kingsford campaign group described the report as “damning” and said: “We’ve argued from the start this scheme was being done in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“It’s a bit like Donald Trump’s golf course development [at the Menie Estate] which was going to generate hundreds of jobs and create a billion pounds of investment for the local economy when the proposals were placed before the council.”
George Yule, the club’s executive vice-chairman, responded: “All major planning proposals face challenges. As a city and a region, we need to decide whether we have the desire to make positive change happen to encourage investment and demonstrate a can-do attitude at a time of economic transition.”
A recent poll by the fans group Dons Supporters Together found more than 80 per cent of respondents backed the move to the Kingsford venue.