Dear Councillor, Kingsford jobs figures do not stack up The position of NKS is very clear: ACC officers have failed in their duty to scrutinise the economic benefit case presented by the applicants for the Kingsford stadium proposals. This failure alone, is sufficient ground for a Judicial Review, which is highly likely to be successful. We would hope to avoid this by providing you with the correct interpretation of the AFC figures. One of the central issues that has led planners to justify recommending approval of the application is the creation of new jobs that will come with the development. The figures are purely assumptions, which have been accepted by ACC officers without sufficient scrutiny. The figures quoted for new jobs are all based on crowds diminishing to 8,500 average per game. With AFC performing well, there is no reason to use such a low average. This season to date, the Pittodrie average attendance is over 16,000. The presumption of crowds of 8,500 gives the Kingsford option an increase of 347-408 full time equivalent jobs. These figures are misleading and unrealistic. The club have used a doomsday scenario to bolster the figures. The economics case is unsound, leading any approved application open to legal challenge.
- By using a crowd average of 8,500, there is a reduction of 194 jobs from the present day
- By showing an increased crowd at Kingsford of 13,476, this increases jobs by 346
- By showing an increased crowd at Kingsford of 15,000, this increases jobs to 407
- The job increases stated all reintroduce the 194 jobs lost from the unrealistic 8,500 average attendance base case scenario
- Using the current season’s average attendance, there would be NO JOBS CREATED BY A NEW STADIUM AT KINGSFORD.
|Do nothing scenario||Base case 16/17 average||Current average attendances||Move to Kingsford||Sensitivity Test – Kingsford|
|Total equivalent jobs||353||547||More than highest ‘move to Kingsford’ scenario!||700||761|
|Change if stadium does not go ahead||-194||n/a||n/a (Still higher!)||+346*||+407*|