Dis­as­trous term, claim opposition

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - LOCAL NEWS -

Opposition lead­ers have ar­gued the ad­min­is­tra­tion are “kid­ding them­selves” if they be­lieve their year in power has been a suc­cess.

SNP group leader Stephen Flynn said: “Quite frankly, I don’t think there will be many peo­ple in Aberdeen who be­lieve that the last year has been a suc­cess­ful one for this ad­min­is­tra­tion and they’re kid­ding them­selves to think other­wise.

“Not to be out­done by their pre­vi­ous five years, we’ve seen con­tin­ued de­lays and over­spends on Broad Street, the Art Gallery, Provost Skene’s House and the de­struc­tion of the AIYF.

“On top of that, there has been sav­age and deeply un­nec­es­sary cuts to so­cial care fund­ing, the forc­ing through of a new ‘op­er­at­ing’ model with­out any con­sid­er­a­tion of the im­pact on staff or ser­vice users and a com­plete rewrit­ing of the coun­cil rules to re­duce the role of coun­cil­lors in the de­ci­sion­mak­ing pro­cesses.

“I’ll ad­mit, they’ve done well to hold the ship to­gether given that Cllrs Ma­son and Hunt spend most of their days ei­ther out of the city, or in­deed the coun­try, but the con­tin­ued dam­age the ad­min­is­tra­tion are do­ing to the coun­cil will have con­se­quences long into the fu­ture.”

Lib­eral Demo­crat group leader Ian Yuill added: “The past six years have been ones of missed op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­vest­ing in the fu­ture.

“Our city’s roads are crumbling and there are con­tin­u­ing prob­lems with re­tain­ing and re­cruit­ing teach­ers and other staff.”

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