Sta­dium protest group half­way to goal

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - NEWS -

A cam­paign group against plans for Aberdeen FC’s new £50mil­lion sta­dium at Kings­ford has re­ceived half of the £60,000 needed to launch a ju­di­cial re­view if the scheme is given the go-ahead.

The city coun­cil will de­cide whether to ap­prove the pro­pos­als for the 20,000-seat arena, train­ing acad­emy and her­itage mu­seum be­tween Westhill and Kingswells on Oc­to­ber 11.

Of­fi­cials of the No Kings­ford Sta­dium group con­firmed last night they have re­ceived guar­an­tees of £30,000 fund­ing for their pe­ti­tion for a ju­di­cial re­view.

Heather Brock said: “The sup­port from the com­mu­nity has been fan­tas­tic. It is clear lo­cal peo­ple are with us as was demon­strated dur­ing the site visit by coun­cil­lors.

“The gen­er­ous fi­nan­cial sup­port given by those against the sta­dium plans is fur­ther ev­i­dence that the com­mu­nity does not want a sta­dium or any other fur­ther de­vel­op­ment along the A944.”

A heated pre-de­ter­mi­na­tion hear­ing at the coun­cil cham­ber took place last month.

Dons man­ager, Derek McInnes, club di­rec­tors and other sup­port­ers made their case for the new fa­cil­ity, while sev­eral peo­ple against the pro­posal raised con­cerns over the loss of green belt land, noise and po­ten­tial crowd trou­ble.

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