Category Archives: Education

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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Law, Cruyff and the importance of teamwork

The great interest in the official opening of the Cruyff Court Denis Law earlier this month was a fantastic reminder, as if any was needed, of just how brightly the star of Denis Law shines. Everyone was desperate to catch a glimpse of a global sporting icon as he came home to unveil the fantastic […]
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Celebrating the success of Big Noise Torry

This week a very special group of budding musicians showcased their talent with a concert to celebrate the second birthday of Big Noise Torry. Colleagues who attended on behalf of Aberdeen City Council, including the Lord Provost, came away with a spring in their step and were inspired by what they saw. Having watched the […]
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Visionary Leadership Driving Massive Success in Aberdeen Schools

We all know that our young people are the lifeblood of the city and seeing so many of our schools being recognised for their visionary leadership and dedication to advancement gives me great hope for the future of our city. I visited Riverbank Primary School in Tillydrone last week to celebrate Unicef’s decision to award […]
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