Broadband programme failing to deliver for rural properties

It underlines the importance that good broadband now plays in our lives that broadband speeds have become a hot topic in so many conversations in pubs, coffee shops and the living room.

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City Region Deal: is disappointment justified?

It is difficult to know what to make of the City Region Deal announced by the Prime Minister David Cameron on his visit to Aberdeen. Read More...
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Triple kirks design fails to inspire

There must have been many who, like me, heaved a sigh of relief when Dandara promised to get the redevelopment of the Triple Kirks site in the centre of Aberdeen back on track. The ruins of the old church, looking for all the world like a decaying tooth, had blighted Aberdeen for too long.

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City Centre Masterplan - when and how will it happen?

So, three years after they killed off the City Garden Project – saying that they would bring forward something better – Aberdeen City Council are today discussing the Aberdeen City Centre Masterplan.

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Marischal Square: is it just a money raiser?

So Marischal Square is now just a project we have to accept to raise money for the city. That appears to be the message from reports of yesterday’s budget meeting at Aberdeen Town House.

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Hint of deja vu in Aberdeen's roads plans

I have to admit to a wry smile when I read the headlines about a the proposals for a new bridge to ease the traffic congestion at Bridge of Dee. One of the proposals had rather a familiar ring to it.

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Student lock in at shopping mall

Students can bag some style at Bon Accord & St Nicholas this September, as Aberdeen’s top shopping destination hosts its annual student lock-in event. Read More...
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Time for decisive action on Haudagain

Can you imagine any other international energy city prevaricating about a road bottleneck that has been estimated to be costing the local economy between £15 and £30 million a year? The answer is obvious, surely.

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Aberdeen oil service worker's luck

Many of us dream about driving a brand new supercar, like an Aston Martin, or a Lamborghini, or a Ferrari. But, although there are quite a number of them on the streets of Aberdeen, few of us ever get the chance to drive, let alone own one. Read More...
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AWPR full speed ahead… or maybe not

Just when it seemed there was something that that Aberdeen City Council administration and the vast majority of citizens could agree on and unite in pushing forward, one of the ruling coalition introduces a question mark.

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Aberdeen needs a plan and planning

The new administration at Aberdeen City Council have come under some pressure – not least from this blog – to come forward with their plan for the regeneration of Aberdeen city centre, following their controversial voting down of the City Garden Plan, which had been backed by the majority of Aberdonians in the earlier referendum.

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The mandate for ditching gardens

Fast forward to 2014. In the Scottish Independence referendum the majority of people vote “no”.

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What now for Aberdeen city centre?

Unless you have been taking a spin in Curiosity on the surface of Mars, if you have any interest in Aberdeen you will know that Aberdeen’s councillors have voted not to proceed with the Aberdeen City Gardens Project and the £182 million package of city centre funding that went with it.

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Aberdeen City & Shire needs to fight for broadband investment

For too long Aberdeen City and Shire has been regarded as a cash cow. As the centre of the industry that has underpinned the UK economy for more than 40 years, we have watched as revenue has been siphoned off into the UK Exchequer with precious little put back.

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Good words but little detail

The new administration on Aberdeen City Council – a coalition of Labour, Conservative and Independent councillors – has produced its five-year plan for the city.

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What was the point of the referendum?

So we had a referendum so that the electorate could decide whether Aberdeen should go ahead with the City Garden Granite Web plan and the other elements in the funding package, or abandon the plan and stick with the existing Union Terrace Gardens.

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City Garden is 'all or nothing' vote on city centre investment

I should probably not be surprised, given the amount of confusion and misinformation that has surrounded the argument about the City Garden project. But, I am now amazed to find that the ‘referendum on the gardens’ is not just a ‘referendum on the gardens’.

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City Garden could create 6,500 new jobs

The Aberdeen City Garden Project could create 6,500 new jobs and inject £122 million annually into the local economy according to a new report by PwC.

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Run down Aberdeen

An interesting and thought-provoking video that shows the other side of Aberdeen, behind the facade of the prosperous global oil and gas centre. It looks at the state of the city’s fabric and takes an arguably overly-bleak view of the city’s future prospects. Read More...
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'City shopping footfall nosedives'

Today’s Press and Journal reports that the number of people visiting shopping areas in Scotland has nose-dived in the past year with a 9% drop in footfall. This comes as no surprise, but there is no pleasure in pointing out that this concern has been a recurring theme in this blog over the years.

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City Garden designs go on display

The six short-listed designs for the City Garden project in Aberdeen have gone on show today at the city’s Academy Shopping Centre.

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Are Aberdeen's visitors spongers or wealth creators?

Last week Aberdeen city Councillor John Stewart reportedly made the comment that: “Frankly, the city has been subsidising people from outside the city for too long”.

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What do you mean fast link not in consultation?

Have I got this right? Does the RoadSense argument with the Aberdeen bypass come down to the Stonehaven fast link not being included in the 2004 route consultation? From what I read in the press it seems to.

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RoadSense - Stop the Nonsense!

In less than 24 hours more than 500 people have signed a petition urging William Walton and RoadSense to abandon their appeal, which could delay the start of work on the Aberdeen bypass by at least another nine months.
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Dismay at continuing bypass misery

After the Court of Session turned down Road Sense’s objection to the Aberdeen by-pass, there were reports that the road would not now open until 2017 – five years later than the government promised. Now we hear that Road Sense is intent on piling on the misery by lodging an appeal.

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Six weeks to save Grampian Police

The Scottish Government seems to be determined to dismantle Grampian Police and the seven other police authorities in Scotland. In their place would be one national police force, no doubt headquartered in Glasgow, or Edinburgh.
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Employment update for Aberdeen City and Shire

These are the latest figures on employment in the City of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, showing the employment trends and industry types. Read More...
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Time for co-ordinated approach?

The press recently has been full of all the action plans for improving Aberdeen city centre. While (as long as any development is appropriate and respectful of the city’s traditions) this is welcome, there seems to be a real danger of confusion with all the different initiatives.

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Action on city centre? Or just another mountain of paper?

Ask visitors to Aberdeen what they think of the city centre and many will be complimentary – especially if their visit has been graced by sunshine that makes the granite sparkle, rather than matching the grey of the skies on a bad day.

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Haudagain delay extends Aberdeen roads problem

Councillor Kate Dean’s statement that work on Britain’s newly-crowned worst roundabout – the Haudagain at the junction of the A96 and A90 trunk roads – cannot begin until the Aberdeen by-pass is completed, underlines the fragile nature of Aberdeen’s roads infrastructure

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Is an all-Scotland police force the answer?

There seems to be a headlong rush in political circles to merge Scotland’s police forces into one. To hear some people speak you would think it was the only way to reduce costs. I’m not convinced.

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Aberdeen companies come together to form global giant

The announcement that Aberdeen’s Wood Group has reached a £600 million agreement to acquire fellow Aberdeen company PSN looks like a very positive move for Aberdeen as it builds its position in the global oil and gas industry.

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Combining Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire councils

Combining Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire councils is an idea that has been doing the rounds in recent years. But, it was given renewed impetus by former Aberdeenshire Council Chief Executive, Alan Campbell, when he promoted it as a solution to the financial woes in the aftermath of Aberdeen City Council’s proposed £127 million cuts.

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Take a lawyer if you want to park in Aberdeen at night

Encouraging more visitors into Aberdeen to spend money and support the local economy. That would seem a laudable aim for Aberdeen City Council. But, the latest parking regulations seem certain to drive evening trade out of the city. Read More...
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Aberdeen stalled in the slow lane

The recent letter by Aberdeen area business leaders to Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson is a plea that most of us in Aberdeen City and Shire will relate to.

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Hard to sympathise with serial illegal parker

It is hard to summon up any sympathy for the Aberdeen legal firm employee currently facing potential bankruptcy over almost £20,000 of unpaid parking fines. Read More...
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Aberdeen second in UK for quality of life

Aberdeen has been ranked second in the UK only to London, for its quality of life. The survey ranks Aberdeen higher than international cities like Rome, Houston, Hong Kong and Dubai.

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Stop sticking spanners in the works!

It seems that at every turn, there’s a pressure group hiding behind the bushes ready to run out gleefully and stick a spanner in the works of every significant development project.

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Repairing Aberdeen, Repairing Scotland

Trips into the centre of Aberdeen used to be a pleasure. It was good to see the city at its best. Sadly, now, these trips serve as a reminder of off how our city is decaying. Read More...
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Action needed now to secure UK oil industry

The message delivered to the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) that action is needed now to encourage investment in the North Sea oil and gas industry needs to be heeded by our politicians.

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