Plan­ners’ scathing re­port hits Aberdeen ground­bid

The Herald - - NEWS -

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.

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