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Councillors raise objections

Dons face opposition to £50m stadium plan

Aberdeen FCAberdeen Football Club faces opposition to it plans to build a £50 million stadium to replace Pittodrie.

A number of councillors on Aberdeenshire Council are unhappy with the proposed new ground off the western peripheral route.

They say the 20,000 seat stadium at Kingsford breaches a number of planning issues, will create noise and that local roads will be unable to handle the extra traffic.

Apart from the stadium , Aberdeen FC wants to build three professional training pitches, two community 3G pitches, a pavilion, gymnasium and club heritage centre.

Council committee chairman Fergus Hood said: “The main issue is that the stadium is planned for green belt land and we also don’t think the site has good connectivity to the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.

“We feel there could be noise issues given it is a 20,000 seater stadium and there were also concerns that the local roads will be unable to cope with match day traffic.”

Aberdeenshire Council has been consulted because it neighbours the Kingsford site. A final decision will be taken by Aberdeen City Council this year.

George Yule, the club’s executive club chairman, said the proposal represents “a rare opportunity to deliver major private sector investment in sporting and community infrastructure at a time of economic challenge.”

The club hopes the new stadium will be ready for the 2019/20 season.

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