Cllr Thomson's senior administration colleague, Labour Finance Convenor, Councillor Willie Young offered a different reason for the delays, alleging in a tweet that the delay was the ‘Scottish Government's fault’ as they ‘stole all the contractors to deal with the AWPR'.
The Third Don Crossing is an Aberdeen City Council Project which will see the construction of a single carriageway link between the Bridge of Don's Parkway and Tillydrone Avenue.
Whilst Scottish Government Agency, Transport Scotland is funding 81% of the AWPR, 100% of the Balmedie/Tipperty and fastlink part of the route and 100% of the maintenance costs upon completion, Aberdeen City Council is the managing agent of the AWPR and in partnership with Transport Scotland and Aberdeenshire Council, is responsible for the provision of all services in connection with the procurement, preparation and construction of the roads.
Commenting Mark McDonald MSP said:
"Last night, in the face of criticism for the third Don crossing delays, the finance convenor of Aberdeen City Council posted a bizarre claim on social media that this was a result of the Scottish Government 'stealing' contractors to work on the AWPR, which differs from the explanation given by his vice convenor in the print media both yesterday and today.
"This claim is made all the more bizarre when you look on the council website and see that it is Aberdeen City Council themselves who are responsible for issuing contracts for the AWPR.
"This is clearly another attempt by Willie Young to deflect criticism from his administration's own failings by creating a fictional scenario to try and encourage antipathy towards the Scottish Government is yet another example of why the current council administration is held in such low esteem by our citizens."