Public has say on plans for new Aberdeen stadium

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People have had their say on new information and images for the proposed Aberdeen FC stadium.

Pictures of the £50 million stadium went on display at an exhibition at Pittodrie yesterday.

The 20,000 seater stadium will be built at Kingsford on the outskirts of Westhill if approved by Aberdeen City Council.

It will be fully enclosed and will also incorporate a fanzone, a supporters bar and a museum.

Training and community facilities will also be built as part of the new development.

Questions regarding transport, noise and lighting were all addressed in the updated plans.

It comes on the back of public consultations held across the North-east.

There was a range of views at the feedback session yesterday but the majority supported the development.

Stuart Park, pictured top, a Dons fan from Banchory, said: “I think the outskirts of Westhill is an ideal location for me if anything.

“It takes me an hour and a half to get to Pittodrie at the moment so somewhere closer is much better.

“The new facility will not just be good for fans but for the whole community and I think people should get behind it.”

Getting to and from the stadium has been an issue with some fans, which the club tried to address.

A fanzone, supporters bar and memorial garden are part of the plans.
A fanzone, supporters bar and memorial garden are part of the plans.

On match days, shuttle bus services will operate from Kingswells, Dyce and Bridge of Don, as well as pick-up points within the city.

The feedback session also confirmed Stagecoach will increase the frequency of the X17 and X18 routes.

Kathleen Gray, pictured bottom, from Torry gets the park and ride from Altens to games currently and would like to see the route go to the new stadium.

She said: “Getting to and from the game is important to me.

“Hopefully the club will decide to put on a shuttle service from Altens as well.”

Some fans have reacted angrily because the new build will be outside the city centre.

Hugh Cumming from Dyce said: “I am against the stadium. When I go to the games I like to have a couple of drinks before and I don’t think they have included enough bars.”

Clare Davidson, No Kingsford Stadium Group spokeswoman, said: “The release of the images don’t change much for us.

“It is still on green belt land, still not on the local development plan and doesn’t fix the traffic problem in the area.

“George Yule has said we are a small group, but we have many volunteers and have around 1,100 likes on Facebook so it is far from small.”