A group has been set up in opposition to the Dons’ new football stadium.
The No Kingsford Stadium Community Action Group is a collection of around 40 residents from both Kingswells and Westhill who are against the development of a football stadium at Kingsford.
Building on the greenbelt, a negative visual impact, safety on match days, traffic management and issues of antisocial behaviour are just some of the concerns they have.
Angus Jamieson, a spokesman for the group, said: “The proposed site is in green belt, on land that is not identified for development in the Aberdeen City Local Development Plan. Once our precious green space goes it is gone forever.
“A stadium built on this site will see 20,000 people, nearly twice the population of Westhill, coming to the area regularly. Even considering the AWPR, the A944 is unable to cope with this level of traffic.
“It will also mean wide ranging parking restrictions across Westhill, as were proposed at Loirston.”
Angus added: “This development will incur significant costs for both Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils. We want Aberdeen Football Club to reconsider. Do they really want to rip their club from the heart of the city and move it 6.5 miles outside, where access for fans will be significantly poorer?”
A spokesman for Aberdeen Football Club said: “This is an important project for the Club, AFC Community Trust and the city and region.
“The consultation events over the coming weeks are an opportunity to share our vision for the development and listen to what interested parties have to say.
“This process will inform the submission of a planning application later this year. We appreciate that the project will attract a spectrum of views but believe there is a compelling case for the creation of community and training facilities and a new stadium in this location.
“The development will support the ambition of the Club, the fans and AFC Community Trust in the work it does on promoting sport, community engagement, healthy lifestyles, and social inclusion.
“The opportunity is to create a significant sporting, community and social asset that benefits the north-east as a whole and at this time of economic transition the region needs projects of scale and ambition that will deliver long term benefits.”