Group opposes Dons plans

An artist's impression of Aberdeen FC's stadium at Kingsford
An artist's impression of Aberdeen FC's stadium at Kingsford

A group formed to oppose Aberdeen FC’s plans for a new stadium between Westhill and Kingwells says it has been targeted with online abuse from some fans.

No Kingsford Stadium Community Action was set up by around 40 local residents.

The club announced plans in May to build a new stadium and training facility at Kingsford.

The action group, which says it will continue campaigning, warns there are significant concerns about safety, traffic management, destruction of the remaining greenbelt and issues of anti-social behaviour and effective policing.

Angus Jamieson, a group spokesman, said: “The proposed site is in the green belt, on land that is not identified for development in the Aberdeen City Local Development Plan.

“The area to the west of the AWPR is to be protected. Once our precious green space goes it is gone forever.

“A stadium built on this site will see 20,000 people, nearly twice the population of Westhill, coming to the area regularly.

“Even considering the AWPR, the A944 is unable to cope with this level of traffic. It will also mean wide-ranging parking restrictions across Westhill, as were proposed at Loirston.”

Meanwhile, a series of public exhibitions in late July and early August will provide the first details of the Kingsford plans.

Consultation events at Westhill, Kingswells and in the city will allow people to view and comment before a planning application is tabled later in the year.