Delight as Aberdeen’s regeneration areas gain £250k in funding to help boost projects

Head teacher Jenny Cranna with pupils from left, Karolina Jwlkszew, Phakiyn Vanthonham, Necole Sinclair and Eryk Kucner.

Almost £250,000 has been handed out to projects in regeneration areas of Aberdeen

Groups in three parts of Aberdeen have submitted more than 140 ideas and projects to Aberdeen City Council’s UDECIDE programme.

Residents voted in favour of a number of community-led projects in their areas – including a new mini bus service, free fitness sessions and robot-making classes.

Money was allocated based on the number of votes they received from the community.

Funding was split between each locality with an equal share of £82,500 up for grabs.

An area encompassing Northfield, Middlefield, Cummings Park, Heathryfold and Mastrick bid for the funding with another £82,500 on offer for the area covering Seaton, Tillydrone and Woodside.

The third locality was Torry.

More than 3,000 residents voted for the key services they would like to see in their neighbourhood.

More than 1,000 people from Torry voted in the process with winners including free dance sessions for primary pupils, a maths camp to improve exam results and boost confidence and free skateboarding and BMX coaching at Torry Skatepark

In Northfield, Middlefield, Cummings Park, Heathryfold and Mastrick more than 1,800 residents voted in the process with winning projects like a new community mini bus for Mastrick, free fitness sessions in Northfield, a social group for over 50s, day trips for families on low incomes and new play equipment at Westpark School.

Almost 850 locals in Seaton, Woodside and Tillydrone voted in the process with funding being allocated towards an outdoor ping pong table in Seaton Park, robot making classes for parents and children in Seaton and Tillydrone, childcare provision in Woodside, activities for sheltered housing tenants and a sheltered seating area at the riverside in Tillydrone.

Jenny Cranna, headteacher at Torry Academy, which received £15,000 from the project said: “I’m absolutely delighted that we received the £15,000. The money will be put towards the Torry Academy Year of Celebrations.

“We are putting on numerous events for current and former staff and pupils and the whole community and this money will be used across all events.

“With it being the last year of Torry Academy we want to have a huge celebration all year and make the last year a great one.”

Greyhope Bay, which also received funding, posted online that it will be using the funds to host a family fun day.

It read: “A massive thank you to the Torry Community for voting for Greyhope Bay.

“We received £15,000 funding. Get ready for May 13 when we will be hosting an incredible family fun day on site at Greyhope Bay.”

Laura Horn, team leader at Big Noise Torry, which received £15,000, said: “We would like to thank everyone from the community for their votes and continued support of the programme.

“This money will be used to help grow the work we already do in Big Noise Torry.”