Aberdeen in the brodband fast lane

Good news for Aberdeen in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement. Apart from the incentives for developing oil and gas, the Chancellor announced that Aberdeen would be one of 12 super-connected cities.

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AWPR full speed ahead… or maybe not

Just when it seemed there was something that that Aberdeen City Council administration and the vast majority of citizens could agree on and unite in pushing forward, one of the ruling coalition introduces a question mark.

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Aberdeen needs a plan and planning

The new administration at Aberdeen City Council have come under some pressure – not least from this blog – to come forward with their plan for the regeneration of Aberdeen city centre, following their controversial voting down of the City Garden Plan, which had been backed by the majority of Aberdonians in the earlier referendum.

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The mandate for ditching gardens

Fast forward to 2014. In the Scottish Independence referendum the majority of people vote “no”.

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What now for Aberdeen city centre?

Unless you have been taking a spin in Curiosity on the surface of Mars, if you have any interest in Aberdeen you will know that Aberdeen’s councillors have voted not to proceed with the Aberdeen City Gardens Project and the £182 million package of city centre funding that went with it.

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Aberdeen City & Shire needs to fight for broadband investment

For too long Aberdeen City and Shire has been regarded as a cash cow. As the centre of the industry that has underpinned the UK economy for more than 40 years, we have watched as revenue has been siphoned off into the UK Exchequer with precious little put back.

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Good words but little detail

The new administration on Aberdeen City Council – a coalition of Labour, Conservative and Independent councillors – has produced its five-year plan for the city.

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What was the point of the referendum?

So we had a referendum so that the electorate could decide whether Aberdeen should go ahead with the City Garden Granite Web plan and the other elements in the funding package, or abandon the plan and stick with the existing Union Terrace Gardens.

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Sour grapes leave a bad taste

So we had the referendum that was intended to decide once and for all whether Aberdeen should go ahead with the City Garden project. The result was a majority of more than 4,000 votes in favour of the new city centre park.
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Aberdeen bypass opponents lose appeal

William Walton’s appeal, on behalf of Road Sense, agains the rejection of the legal action against the long-delayed Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, has been rejected by the Court of Session.




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City Garden is 'all or nothing' vote on city centre investment

I should probably not be surprised, given the amount of confusion and misinformation that has surrounded the argument about the City Garden project. But, I am now amazed to find that the ‘referendum on the gardens’ is not just a ‘referendum on the gardens’.

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City Garden could create 6,500 new jobs

The Aberdeen City Garden Project could create 6,500 new jobs and inject £122 million annually into the local economy according to a new report by PwC.

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