Category Archives: Housing

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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Momentum continues to build as work begins on two key developments

The Victorian heritage of Union Terrace Gardens and empty site of the former Summerhill Academy feel likes worlds apart – but they have been the centre of attention this week. Both will be transformed, both will benefit from significant investment and both will breathe new life into important corners of the city. On Monday we […]
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Aberdeen 2019: Writing the next chapter in the city’s proud story

When future generations look back on the chapter we’re writing in Aberdeen’s story, 2019 will jump out from the page. This year will bring the eagerly awaited opening of the redeveloped Aberdeen Art Gallery and grand unveiling of P&J Live, following on from the much-loved Music Hall’s reopening over the festive period. Work will begin […]
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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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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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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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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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Aberdeen’s largest council house development for more than a decade.

We announced recently that work is about to begin on Aberdeen’s largest council house development for more than a decade. The Smithfield Development will deliver 99 new, sustainable homes by the end of 2017. This is great news for the area of Middlefield – one of the city’s regeneration areas. These contemporary, all-purpose homes have […]
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