A North-east councillor has questioned the wisdom of making a £5.5 million contribution towards the Aberdeen harbour overhaul.
John Cox, vice-chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s infrastructure services committee, said the £350m expansion into Nigg Bay will, once complete, take business away from the council’s own ports.
Tomorrow Aberdeenshire Council’s infrastructure services committee will decide whether to make a £5.5m contribution towards the work.
Aberdeen City Council will pay a similar fee although the bulk of the investment will be privately funded.
Mr Cox warned the project could hamper business in Peterhead, and said the local authority should be investing in its own ports along the Banffshire and Buchan coast.
“I’m concerned about displacement from Peterhead harbour,” the Banff councillor said.
“Investing in Nigg should be about creating new business, not taking business from Peterhead and moving it to Aberdeen.
“I’m not aware of us putting £5m or £10m into Peterhead’s port.”