The privilege of serving this city

Fifteen years ago I was first elected to serve this city as a councillor. In little over a week, I will leave the Town House, having made the decision not to stand for re-election when we go to the polls next week. Some days it seems like only yesterday that I became an Elected Member […]
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Making spending count for people everywhere

Setting the council’s budget has become significantly harder in recent years. Like cities and communities across the world, we’ve had to contend with the economic impact of Covid-19. The loss of income, the cost of safety measures. Before the pandemic, Aberdeen was reeling from a downturn in the oil and gas industry. And now, in […]
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Covid-19 relief effort adds up

Across the UK, Covid-19 restrictions are being lifted and there is now a real sense of the world having turned a corner. Spring, more than ever, will feel like a time of renewal, and I look forward to seeing our wonderful parks and green spaces brimming with visitors in the months ahead. The revamped Union […]
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Looking to 2022 with renewed hope  

Hundreds of new council homes.   The refresh of the Local Outcome Improvement Plan.    A Royal opening for Aberdeen Art Gallery.    Energy giant bp set to become the commercial partner for our hydrogen hub.    A dynamic visitor attraction based in the renovated Provost Skene’s House.  These are just some of the highlights from 2021.   Though Covid-19 continues to dominate daily […]
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A time for patience and understanding

Heading into Christmas we yet again find our festive plans dominated by Covid-19. The disease continues to claim lives and bring ill health across the country and my heart goes out to all those affected. The vaccination programme has overall reduced Covid’s spread and its severity but the level of infection is still placing hospitals […]
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Embracing the spirit of COP26

On Sunday, the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties – known as COP26 – will start in Glasgow. More than 100 world leaders will attend the two-week event to hopefully agree action to limit global warming and head off impacts like extreme weather and continuing loss of habitat, killers around the globe. […]
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On the cusp of great change

As we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic – approaching a stage where it can be managed in the context of daily life – Aberdeen is on the cusp of once-in-a-generation change. Restrictions have eased and activity is returning to our city. Workers carrying cups of coffee on the way to the office have become a […]
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Refreshing our blueprint for prosperity

Earlier this month Community Planning Aberdeen launched a refresh of the Local Outcome Improvement Plan – or LOIP, as it is more commonly known. The council, its partners and our communities have together made a real difference to disadvantaged and vulnerable people since the LOIP’s launch in 2016. By providing access to food, shelter, fuel […]
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Public spending watchdog offers vote of confidence

In 2021/22 Aberdeen City Council is spending nearly £700 million on running services and building projects. Part of our job is to ensure that every penny is used in a proper, effective and efficient way. Today saw the publication of a Best Value Assurance Report by the Accounts Commission, which oversees how councils perform in […]
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Driving the green agenda

Earlier this month the council unanimously agreed a five-year plan for combating climate change. This year’s budget also enshrined our ongoing commitment to protecting the people and place from the impacts of global warming. We are all increasingly trying be greener in our lives and a lot of excellent work is already being carried out […]
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