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DONS DELAY ON KINGFORD DECISION DESPITE GREEN BACKING

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ABERDEEN have asked for their crucial planning permission vote for their new proposed facilities to be delayed.

The new facilities at Kingsford, outside central Aberdeen, included a new stadium, training facilities as well as a museum, store and community hub.

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The £50 million project was due to be voted upon by Councillors next Wednesday; however, the club’s chairman, Stewart Milne, has insisted that further planning is needed before it is put to a vote.

“This is a once in a generation project with major implications for the club, the city and the wider region.

“It is also an application with a degree of legal and planning complexity that needs to be carefully considered.

“We have therefore decided to request that our application be deferred to a future meeting of the full council.”

The club have faced opposition from some fans, who believe that they should remain at Pittodrie and the vocal ‘No Kingsford Stadium’ group.

However, co-convenor of the Aberdeen Green Party, Guy Ingerson, has given his backing to the proposed site.

The party, who carried out their own public consultation of the plans, found that 2 out of 3 people were supportive of the plans.

“The results of our public consultation showed clear support for Kingsford Stadium and Aberdeen Football Club generally.

“Having spoken with, and investigated the claims of both the No To Kingsford campaign and Aberdeen Football Club, it is my personal view that the development should be supported.

“There are potential challenges with the site, specifically around transport infrastructure as highlighted by city planners, but these are not insurmountable.

“In my view it is clear that, as a Green, I can back these proposals without sacrificing my environmental and social principles.

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