Category Archives: Education

Tullos milestone marks the latest key date on packed 2019 calendar

It was a real pleasure to welcome VIP visitors from Tullos Primary School to Cruyff Court Neale Cooper yesterday as the project enters its final exciting phase. Construction work has been completed ahead of schedule and contractors are making final preparations for the first public use this month, with official opening events planned for November […]
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Key communities in the spotlight as exciting projects take shape

It has been a week of celebration in two key communities in the city. Today we toured the Tillydrone Community Campus as the official completion of a hub that will radically change daily life for thousands of residents was marked. It’s part of the countdown to the community opening event on August 23  and there’s […]
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Council’s role in Sports Village partnership celebrated

As we prepare for a fantastic summer of sport, with the countdown to the OVO Tour Series cycling event in May well underway and the excitement building towards the Great Aberdeen Run in August, it’s important to celebrate the collaborative work that is underpinning our ambitions as an active city. The Council works hand in […]
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Ambitions for Aberdeen underpin 2019/20 budget decisions

The annual budget setting process is an incredibly complex operation for a local authority. This year, for Aberdeen City Council, the difficulty has been magnified by the increasing financial challenges we face. Reduced general revenue grant funding from the Scottish Government coupled with increased ring-fencing to meet Scottish Government priorities as well as rising costs […]
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An opportunity to take stock of community planning progress

  The continued success of Community Planning Aberdeen is something the Council and all of our partners strive for. That collaborative approach was at the heart of a really valuable event earlier this month. The CPA Taking Stock session involved all key stakeholders and offered the chance to review the progress of the Partnership since the […]
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A month of positive progress

September has been a month of positive progress updates from very different strands of our plans for the city. It was a real privilege to return to Stoneywood School to meet pupils and staff and find out how well they have settled in to their new surroundings. The last time I was at the site, 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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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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Putting community planning at the heart of the city’s future

As chair of Community Planning Aberdeen, I was proud to sign-off of the annual report detailing the progress on our Local Outcome Improvement Plan. The LOIP is a 10-year plan created with our valued partners – including Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and NHS Grampian as well as range of other organisations […]
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