Aberdeen residents could be rehomed over harbour works worries

How the harbour could look.
How the harbour could look.

Residents living close to a £375 million expansion of Aberdeen Harbour could be temporarily rehomed as a “worst case scenario”.

The potential proposal emerged during yesterday’s planning committee as councillors met to discuss large-scale infrastructure works planned for the Bay of Nigg.

Councillors unanimously approved a raft of new works around the bay including road and drainage works, the creation of compound areas and the installation of cycle lanes and footpaths.

Councillor Alan Donnelly, who represents the area, said he has concerns over planned 24-hour working at the site and how it would affect the quality of life of residents.

Fellow ward councillor Graham Dickson said: “It does sound like a few years of misery to me with the traffic and the noise.”

Planning officer Andrew Miller said relocating residents nearby in Balnagask was an option, as was installing thicker windows and carrying out noise insulation to homes.

He said: “The noise and vibration plan would cover the impacts on residents.

“They are looking at all the worst case scenarios with potential rehoming for the worst affected.

“That will come before the committee at a later date.”

City council planners said the works include creating a more “sweeping bend” along the Coast Road and St Fitticks Road and the repositioning of the junction at Greyhope Road.

Members also approved plans to establish temporary compounds during the work.

Mr Miller said the compounds would be “visually prominent” but added there is “no other realistic location in close proximity to the construction areas”.

He said that with 24-hour working there will be “people watching over the site all the time”.

He added: “When dredging is going on there will be people looking for dolphins all the time.”

Harbour chiefs have said the facility will significantly expand the industrial capacity at the port and even potentially allow cruise liners to dock.

An independent study, commissioned by Scottish Enterprise, estimates it will generate an additional £1 billion per annum to the economy by 2035.