Reasons to look ahead with hope

We ended 2020 by sharing a video and would like to do the same again as the New Year gets under way.

The Christmas thank-you video captured in numbers the amazing support delivered by staff, partners and volunteers across the city in dealing with COVID-19.

Today’s video describes a different set of numbers – the investment made in our city in recent years by the Council and our partners.

It also tells a positive story, one of resilience and hope.

Our response to the COVID-19 pandemic has always been two-pronged.

The priority, naturally, has been on protecting the most vulnerable members of society and delivering essential public services. But in leading this city we have also ensured that the foundations are in place for continuing economic prosperity.

Whether it’s been our bond issue or striking a City Region Deal, building TECA or a city bypass, we have always looked and moved forward.

That investment – making Aberdeen a compelling place to live, work, visit and do business – will prove invaluable as we move through the recovery phase. Tackling poverty helps us tackle ill health in its many forms.

We were on a fantastic journey before COVID-19 reset global ambition. The pace may have slowed, yes, but with a vaccine programme under way and a hope restrictions can be reduced in the near future, we’ve positioned ourselves to reap the benefits of our new infrastructure, business diversification, training and job opportunities.

The development of hydrogen as a clean power source is just one area where we’re showing the UK what a brighter future can look like.

These remain hugely challenging times but our vision is becoming a reality as we lead the green energy revolution, regenerate the city’s heart and deliver high-quality new homes.  Aberdeen remains a brilliant place to be.

Enjoy the video and let’s go forth into the New Year with a sense of purpose and pride.