Aberdeen’s SNP group in call for ‘transparency’ over controversial wall ​

Councillor Willie Young.

The SNP group in Aberdeen has contacted Audit Scotland asking it to intervene in the £200,000 Wellington Brae wall repair row.

According to the SNP, Aberdeen City Council finance convener Willie Young’s father appears to be the owner of the land at the centre of the row.

It was revealed last week that £200,000 of public funds was awarded to fix a boundary wall on property at Wellington Brae.

Cllr Stephen Flynn, SNP group leader, said: “At this stage the public deserve complete and utter transparency and for that reason I have asked for Audit Scotland to launch an investigation.

“Given the fact that this matter involves public money it is absolutely vital that we have clear, unambiguous, answers from those involved and the best way to achieve this would be for independent investigaors to play a lead role.”

Cycle pathway body Sustrans, which is partly funded by tax-payer money, agreed to provide the cash for the work at the property in Ferryhill. It was originally thought Cllr Young, pictured, had owned the land which he denied, leading to exchanges between the SNP group and finance chief.

Sustrans said it will be withholding the funds until a council investigation has been concluded.

“Aberdeen City Council simply cannot afford another scandal – the people should be able to trust their local authority and all of the elected members,” Cllr Flynn added.

In the letter to Audit Scotland, seen by the Evening Express, Cllr Flynn said there was a confusing public message stating many “think that protecting the reputation of the council is being put before providing concrete answers”.

Council officers contacted Cllr Young believing he was the landowner several times and in an e-mail it was stated he verbally approved the project.
The finance chief has denied any wrongdoing and said he was an “innocent bystander”.