A report, dated 18/10/17 detailing a meeting held between Aberdeen Football Club and Aberdeen Council Planning/Roads department on the 10th October 2017, obtained under Freedom of Information, has revealed that the club asked for the planning condition in respect of the bridge to be changed to a ‘safe means of pedestrian crossing’, which would not preclude other means of crossing. They then go on to say that other means are preferred by the police, albeit Police Scotland have not said so in any consultation response. The Club then state that many clubs in the UK require the closure of roads. The council pointed out that the roads involved in these cases would be urban streets, as opposed to main dual carriageways providing arterial routes, and on that basis the impact of road closure would be very different. The Roads department said in their consultation response of 6 September that should a pedestrian bridge not be deliverable, then they would have been objecting to the proposal. However, they would appear to have allowed the condition of planning to now be a ‘safe means of crossing’. This is clearly as a result of this meeting and the clubs’ preference for an alternative to a bridge. This is a real about turn by the Roads department, who were adamant in their consultation response that a bridge must be a condition of planning consent. This proposed road closure would not be to allow cars to exit the stadium as would be the case on other stadiums. Indeed, Golf Road is closed after some matches at Pittodrie. This is about allowing fans to cross the road safely, which presents a very different scenario.
- Would it be only for after the match? If so, how long would it need to be closed?
- Will fans be expected to march down military style and be held before crossing?
- It is expected that 1,000s of fans will park in Arnhall. How long would they need to close the A944 to allow 1,000s to cross the road?
- What about before the match? The 1,000s of fans will be arriving over a period of about an hour. Can you imagine the impact on the roads if the ‘green man’ is activated every couple of minutes at the Tarland fork? Or will the fans just cross the road anyway at whichever point they choose on the way across from Arnhall? Surely not !