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No Kingsford Stadium Campaign Reaches £12,000 Fundraising Target

Encouraging Objections to AFC’s New Stadium No Kingsford Stadium, the campaign group fighting Aberdeen Football Club’s planning application to build a new stadium and training facility at Westhill, has hit its fundraising target of £12,000 in just six months. No Kingsford Stadium, was set up by concerned residents of Westhill in reaction to AFC’s proposal to build on green belt land that has not been designated for development within the recently agreed Aberdeen City Council Local Development Plan and will have a significant effect on the area, fundamentally changing its nature and perception. The campaign set a fundraising target of £12,000, a figure that will allow them to seek advice from planning and transport experts to help demonstrate why the site between the Brodiach Road and the A944 is unsuitable for an imposing structure which would dominate the current green and rural landscape. The crowdfunded money, raised solely from private donations, has also allowed for the campaign to keep local residents up to speed with their efforts via newsletters and mail shots. Once the planning application is lodged, over 6,000 information packs created by No Kingsford Stadium, including advice on how to lodge an objection with Aberdeen City Council as well as key information on the impact the stadium will have on the area and the community will be issued to homes in the area. Alistair McKelvie, No Kingsford Stadium spokesperson, said:

“We have over 50 volunteers ready to distribute information packs to every home affected by this proposal. We want to encourage as many objections to AFC’s planning application as possible and so the pack includes advice on how to object as well as examples of valid reasons for objecting to the proposal, such as it is contrary to the Aberdeen City Local Development Plan. “Since the campaign formed it’s not just local residents who have lent their support and who are strongly opposed to the proposal. We’ve had messages of support from around the world, from former Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire residents to AFC fans who don’t want to see the club move to a location up to 45 minutes away by bus on a match day from the city centre. We want to highlight that anyone, anywhere can log an objection to the application either by post or online.  The information pack will also be available on our website for anyone who might find it useful.”
Consultants are working with No Kingsford Stadium to assess the planning application once submitted, and how the proposal will address the significant increase in traffic that the new stadium will bring without causing bottlenecks, traffic jams and parking issues. The campaign is still accepting donations to help fight the planning application. Alistair McKelvie added:
“No Kingsford Stadium is passionate about retaining the community feel of Westhill, Kingswells and the surrounding area.  A development of this size and scale on the only green belt area between Westhill and Kingswells on the north side of the A944 will result in a permanent, negative impact on the area.”
For more information about the campaign and how to object visit www.nokingsfordstadium.org.uk/ ENDS   Issued by Elaine Fleming, Ginger PR Ltd On behalf of No Kingsford Stadium For more information please call 07766 207 954 or email: elaine@ginger-pr.com  ]]>

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