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Aberdeen’s support for London

We have all been touched by the horrific events in London and on behalf of Aberdeen City Council I wish to express our support for all those who have been affected and condolences to those who suffered from the loss or injury of loved ones, friends and colleagues. Wednesday’s attack at Westminster was a stark […]
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Building the foundations for the city’s future

As an organisation Aberdeen City Council has a vast remit but at the heart of that are fundamental aims:  to serve the people and the place. The need to address housing issues transcends both of those and it is heartening to see great strides being taken. This week I was on site at the former […]
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Investing in Aberdeen’s next generation high on the budget agenda

Last week fellow councillors and I voted to approve the Aberdeen City Budget for 2017/18. After months of tireless work by officers of the Council and elected members, it is satisfying to have our plans agreed and to be in a position to start implementing them. Understandably, given the impact it has on households, the […]
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SPECTRA shines a light on the potential for Aberdeen events

When the visitor numbers for SPECTRA arrived in my inbox earlier this week it confirmed what we already knew – once again Aberdeen’s festival of light had been an overwhelming success. More than 63,000 people attended the four day programme – almost double the attendance from 2016 and continuing the year on year growth of […]
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A time for heroes

If the mark of a city is its degree of global influence, Aberdeen should be rightly celebrated. Provost Skene’s House is being redeveloped as a new visitor attraction under the City Centre Masterplan to tell the story of local people who helped transform the wider world. And there are lots! From scientists to sporting champions, […]
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Giving a voice to Council’s valued staff

I have written before about the importance of engagement with the communities we serve, encouraging people to take the opportunity to be at the heart of decisions in the areas that matter most to them. Our events in Northfield, Torry and Seaton in recent months were very well received and have provided vital feedback as […]
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Busy start to the year puts plans for Aberdeen in the spotlight

With the holiday period feeling like a distant memory, the focus is firmly fixed on the programme for the weeks, months and year ahead. The Council enjoyed a very productive 2016 and that trend has continued in the New Year, with a busy start to January which will undoubtedly be a sign of things to […]
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Christmas and New Year wishes from the Town House

As 2016 draws to a close it is the perfect time to reflect on the past year and all that has entailed. As an organisation Aberdeen City Council is at the heart of daily life and I am full of admiration for the contribution our many and varied teams make in so many different ways […]
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A month in the life of Aberdeen City Council shows transformation in action

We recently welcomed delegates from across Scotland as Aberdeen City Council played host to the first joint conference hosted by the Economic Development Association of Scotland and Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development. The country’s leading experts attended to share knowledge and experiences, with the shared goal of driving economic development throughout the country. By way […]
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Aberdeen City Region Deal is a vital piece in the transformation jigsaw

Last week I sat down with representatives from our four partners to put pen to paper on the Aberdeen City Region deal. The signing ceremony put the final seal on a process which will bring £250million of investment from the UK Government and Scottish Government and serve as the catalyst for a programme which we […]
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