Campaigners have said they will not appeal against a court decision backing Aberdeen FC’s new stadium project.
No Kingsford Stadium revealed their disappointment on March 1 when a judge ruled Aberdeen City Council had stuck to the rules when deciding to grant permission for the club’s 20-000-capacity stadium and training ground complex at Kingsford.
They had until 5pm today to appeal Lord Tyre’s decision – but have now said they will not do so.
It is with considerable regret that No Kingsford Stadium Limited (NKSL) announce that we will not proceed with an appeal…
A statement by the No to Kingsford Group said: “It is with considerable regret that No we announce we will not proceed with an appeal of the opinion delivered by Lord Tyre regarding the Kingsford Stadium planning approval granted by the council.
“The club now have three significant conditions to meet and our focus now is ensuring that these conditions are fully met to ensure that the community is protected from the impact of this development as far as possible.
“Aspects of these conditions must be met prior to any construction of the stadium.
“We appreciate this is perhaps a ‘difficult pill to swallow’.
“We don’t want the stadium at all, but the facts are that the stadium is being allowed to progress, therefore we believe the best avenue for us to take now is to ensure that the conditions are rigorously enforced by the council.
“After all, the plans were approved with these conditions in place.”
The statement continued: “The first of these conditions is for a transport management plan, which requires the agreement of Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, Transport Scotland and Police Scotland.
“The club must now come forward with evidence of the 600 parking spaces in Arnhall Business Park, spaces which the club presented as part of their transport arrangements in the planning application.
“These spaces are integral to the shuttle bus strategy presented by the club.
“In their transport plan the club must present realistic proposals for the parking allocations at the stadium. Current plans show only 250 pre-allocated spaces, all for corporate guests.
“In the Loirston application 520 spaces were allocated for corporate guests and a further 170 spaces for players, staff, media etc.
“The plan must also detail how the costs for the shuttle buses, which will be £100,000s per annum, will be met.
“AFC require to meet the full cost of significant road improvement measures to the A944 and AWPR junctions, widening of core paths, the narrowing of the already significantly congested A944 between the stadium site and Prime Four and all other road improvements required to facilitate their development.
“The second of these conditions is the provision of a controlled parking zone.
“This is required to promote sustainable travel patterns which will encourage fans to leave their cars at home and travel by the buses provided by the Club.
“This will require a Traffic Regulation order to be in place, requiring a Westhill wide consultation.
“The club should meet the full costs of this consultation – they must not be met by the taxpayer.