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New Council housing at Smithfield demonstrates progress in wider plans

  It has been an honour to have been part of the milestones in the development of 99 new Council houses at Smithfield. From the planning and blueprint, turf cutting and construction to the first residents moving in and now the completion of the site, it has been fantastic to watch what was a dis-used […]
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Latest step in realising our vision for £333million event complex

  This week’s announcement of The Event Complex Aberdeen as the name chosen for the new venue is an important milestone for the project. The Council is investing £333million in providing a world class facility that will be the envy of cities the length and breadth of Britain and far further afield. SMG, as the […]
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New schools are a symbol of Aberdeen’s focus on the next generation

As Co-Leader of the Council the working week is dominated by planning for the future and decision making – but by far the most satisfying part of the role is seeing those plans come to fruition. It has been a real privilege and a pleasure to have been given tours of the latest additions to […]
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Playing our part in changing attitudes to CPR

Only one in 20 people survive an out of hospital cardiac arrest in Scotland. Like me, I’m sure you find that statistic concerning to say the very least. That was the figure that jumped out from the page when the British Heart Foundation wrote to the Council to ask for our support in a national […]
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When decision making is child’s play

As a Council we’re faced with lots of big decisions on complex issues – but often it is those that are easy to make that have the biggest impact. The decision to invest in Aberdeen’s playparks is a great example of that. It has been a feature of our last two budgets and the results […]
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Summer season brings the next wave of exciting city events

The streets of Aberdeen were brought to life at the weekend for Grampian Pride and it was a fantastic occasion to be part of. It promised to unite our communities in a way that has never happened before – and certainly delivered. With a march, stalls, information about LGBT+ organisations and services as well as […]
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Awards recognise Marischal Square’s key role in breathing new life into the heart of the city

  The news that Marischal Square has been honoured by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and at the Scottish Property Awards (SPA) represents two more feathers in the cap for a landmark development. The complex was recognised at the RICS annual awards for Scotland late last month, winning the Regeneration category in the […]
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Nuart Aberdeen paints a perfect picture of a flourishing events programme

  Launch week for Nuart Aberdeen has brought a flurry of activity and it has been fantastic to see this year’s productions springing up around the city. Nuart captured the imagination of the public last year and 2018 promises to be even bigger and better as the event builds on such solid foundations. Running through […]
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2018/19 budget will protect services in the face of funding challenges

  Earlier this month the full Council met to set the 2018/19 budget. Every year the task becomes more difficult as we attempt to balance increasing demand for our services with reduced funding. Since being elected in 2007 I’ve attended 11 budget meetings. At each of those meetings the fact Aberdeen is the lowest funded […]
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Embracing opportunities as Scotland’s gigabit city

  Wednesday was a hugely important day as a £40million investment by CityFibre to make Aberdeen the country’s first gigabit city was announced. The real significance of the project will be felt for many years to come and it should give residents and businesses great confidence about what the future holds. As a Council we […]
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