It has emerged in a letter from Aberdeen City Council that the timescale for the construction and completion of the pitch has slipped further. In the letter to Mr McDonald, it is stated that the council anticipates that a contractor will be appointed by the end of October and that construction will start in November 2015, with completion expected by the end of February 2016.
Commenting, Mark said:
“The community expected the work on the pitch to commence within a year of funding being initially awarded with a completion date before the 28th Feburary 2015. Aberdeen City Council missed the commencement deadline in December last year and didn’t ask for an extension until January.
“It is essential that there is an explicit guarantee what there will be no further slippage on the revised schedule which is already a year later than the initial deadline and in their most recent correspondence have identified that they haven’t confirmed a funding extension.
“Any consultation that is required really ought to have been done before now, but if there is further consultation it must be done swiftly to enable the work to get started and the pitch to be delivered by next February. There are question marks over how much of an interest the administration councillors are taking in ensuring this project is delivered.
“While the residents of Stonehaven are now already playing on their new pitch, Dyce residents haven’t even seen construction commence on theirs. I remain confident that the pitch will deliver benefits to the community, but the continued delays are a concern and this must be addressed.”