Category Archives: Regeneration

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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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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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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Aberdeen’s stock market achievement takes centre stage

This month we will welcome delegates to the city for an event which will put Aberdeen’s success in financial innovation firmly in the spotlight. By hosting the Bond Investments conference on 27 February we will be able to share the knowledge that has set our city apart. When Aberdeen City Council became the first local […]
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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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European success for Aberdeen

Whilst we wish the Dons well as they start another European adventure this week, away from the football field we have already had continental success for Aberdeen to savour. Aberdeen Inspired, the city’s Business Improvement District (BID), was named Best BID at the European BID awards in Berlin. On behalf of everyone at Aberdeen City […]
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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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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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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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