Campaigners challenging the building of Aberdeen FC’s Kingsford stadium have asked supporters to stump up more cash.
The No Kingsford Stadium (NKS) group – which operates under the charity name West Aberdeen Environmental Protection Association Ltd – has previously collected £70,000 in donations to bring a judicial review against Aberdeen City Council’s decision to grant permission for the club to build a 20,000-capacity stadium and training complex.
A procedural hearing is to take place in Edinburgh next Wednesday before a three-day hearing in late January.
In a statement, NKS said: “We are looking to our supporters to donate again. Although we did reach our fundraising target of £70,000, our costs have increased due to the level of work our legal team had in preparing the petition and the protected expenses order (which limits the costs the losing side must pay).”
The statement added: “We also now have an extra day in court to fund. We have both senior and junior counsel working on this case – among the very best in the country.”
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Work began at the site next to the A944 in July and is being done in two phases, with preparatory works and support facilities in phase one and the stadium in phase two.
Construction cannot begin on phase two until the judicial review has ended.
Judges are expected to publish their written judgment around April.