Delay in verdict on Lee McAllister and Parkhill Garden Centre’s battle for site

Lee McAllister.
Lee McAllister.

A decision on who will take over a site at the centre of a clash between Aberdeen’s most famous boxer and a local garden centre has been delayed.

Lee McAllister, dubbed the Aberdeen Assassin, hopes to get the site of Cordyce School in Dyce to build his first Assassin Health Centre.

But Parkhill Garden Centre and Seasons Coffee Shop, which is located just off the B977 near Dyce, has submitted a bid to move to the same Riverside View site.

Councillors on the city growth and resources committee were due to discuss the bids when they met yesterday.

But the matter has now been delayed until November 29, due to “complications” around the offers that have come in.

Steve Whyte, the council’s director of resources, said: “Until we resolve those issues we wouldn’t be able to give a firm recommendation to the committee.”

The plan put forward by Mr McAllister could transform the site of the fire-hit school into a sports centre with a swimming pool, cafe, gym and more.

Plans for Parkhill Garden Centre

Meanwhile, bosses at the garden centre want to move into the site as they claim the salt spray from the AWPR will damage the plants and stop the centre trading over the winter months.

Affordable housing developer First Endeavour LLP has got behind the garden centre plan and said it would work with them to build 60 homes, community allotments, a care home and medical centre on the site.

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Mr McAllister said he was “surprised” the decision had been delayed.

He added: “I’d like to see a decision made either way because then we could make new plans in a worst-case scenario or in a best case we get on site as soon as possible.

“I was looking to get it built and open by August next year.”

A spokesman from First Endeavour LLP said they had been notified by the council of the delay.

He added: “Our proposals would see 43 jobs saved at the garden centre and we are working very hard to secure a medical facility and doctor’s surgery on the site.”