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Supporters fight for new stadium plan

Supporters fight for new stadium plan

A major new stadium and training academy plan in Aberdeen may have more chance of getting the green light from the city council after supporters of the project heeded calls for them to be more vocal in backing the scheme.

Aberdeen football Club needs to move from its outdated Pittodrie Ground soon to avoid falling foul of incoming stadium facility standard rules being introduced by UEFA, European football's governing body, which could force it to play European ties elsewhere in Scotland. 

However, plans for a new 20,000-seat arena and training facility at Kingswells on the western edge of the city have been fiercely opposed by some locals, as well as residents of the nearby village of Westhill, just outside the city boundary. Arguments range from matchday traffic congestion to violation of the green belt.

With the pre-determination hearing taking place next month, the club's calls for more public backing from supporters have been heeded. The Westhill For Kingsford group has just managed to attract over 100 people to its first meeting, despite the group only being formed in the past few weeks. 

Its founder Mike Forbes told the Press and Journal: "The objectors have communicated their message very well, to the point where people are thinking that nobody in Westhill wants this. But there are plenty of people who are fully supportive.

"I do believe it is the case that the silent majority now needs to become noisy to make it clear there is this huge swell of positivity."

The club had previously planned a new stadium and training complex at Loriston in the south of the city, but difficulties in obtaining part of the land led to that idea being dropped. The club has said the Kingswell proposal is now its only option.

If the project does go ahead, Pittodrie will then be demolished and replaced with new housing. 



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