Future of historic Aberdeen school to be decided next month

Victoria Road school.

The future of a historic Aberdeen school building will remain up in the air until next month.

Councillors had originally been urged to approve plans to demolish the old Victoria Road School, in Torry, but this was put on hold in December after members from the local community called for more time to discuss proposals to see the building brought back into use.

Members of Aberdeen City Council’s finance, policy and resources committee voted nine to eight today in favour of putting the building onto the open market but members of the SNP and Liberal Democrat opposition asked for the matter to go before full council in March.

The opposition instead wanted the community to get four more months to work on its proposals to see the building brought back into use.

A campaign launched by the community in 2016 to save the school after proposals were lodged by Barratt North Scotland that would have seen the granite facade lost to make way for flats.

However, a report considered by members of the finance, policy and resources committee today stated information provided by the Torry Development Trust “lacks some basic and fundamental information” with “concern over resource, capacity and vision to achieve this”.

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