NO KINGSFORD STADIUM STATEMENT ON AFC PR CAMPAIGN
The decision on AFC’s Kingsford Stadium application is not a popularity contest as AFC would have the public believe. It is clear that the club now fear that planning permission will be denied them by Aberdeen City Council and are launching a last minute attempt to place pressure on the local authority.
Aberdeen City Councillors have heard Stewart Milne’s claims of dire consequences for the club, should they not move, many times over the last 17 years. It can hardly be said that the club are currently in difficulty: they have no debt, had access to European football and achieved a second place league finish. Yet, if Stewart Milne’s statements, at the Bellfield and Loirston hearings, are to be believed the club would have crumbled. Supporters need to remember that it is the AFC Board that have failed to invest in Pittodrie. It is the board that withdrew from the Loirston site for which they had planning permission. Kings Links, adjacent to the club’s historic home, continues to be a viable site, in the heart of the city.
A few former players and managers endorsing the project do nothing to change planning law. Nearly 5000 people, Aberdeenshire Council and local MPs and MSPs have stated they are against the club building on this site.
AFC have failed to provide valid material considerations to justify building at Kingsford. This stadium application is contrary to local and national planning policy and Aberdeen City Council must refuse the application.
Watch out for some new articles this week by NKS on why the claims by AFC that they are doomed should the proposal be rejected by ACC are nothing but scaremongering and an attempt to pressurise the councillors. ]]>