In yet another blow for the Dyce Community, it has emerged in a letter from Aberdeen City Council that the likely completion date has now been moved to 27th April 2016. This is a stark contrast to the original completion date of 28th February 2015, which was later moved to February 2016.
The letter was in response to correspondence from Mr McDonald calling for an update on the installation of the modern pitch, which has seen a number of setbacks since the funding for the pitch project was awarded on the 16th December 2013. The grant was part of a round of awards given by the Scottish Government’s Cashback for Communities programme with the condition that work would commence within a year.
Commenting Mark said:
“I am disappointed by the admission that work will not start on the site until January 2016 – over two years since the funding announcement for the pitch. This is with a likely completion date of 27th April 2016. The Dyce Community have been calling out for delivery of their pitch for quite some time, and this is yet another disappointing blow to the area.
“I understand that on-going discussions with Dyce Academy regarding the exact location of the pitch have been taking place, but this should have been done before now, and done swiftly to ensure the community is not missing out. Communities such as Stonehaven and Northfield are already benefitting from their own new pitches, and I would like to see my constituents in Dyce enjoying the same.
“The project has already seen a number of setbacks and I would ask that Aberdeen City Council drag their heels no longer, and stick to their word by delivering the pitch by the new completion deadline in April - no more delays.”
The Scottish Government’s Cashback for Communities fund awarded over £300,000 to Aberdeen City Council on 16 December 2013.
Aberdeen City Council asked sportscotland by email for an extension on 8 January 2015 after it emerged that the completion deadline of 28th Feburary 2015 would be missed.
The CashBack for Communities programme takes the ill-gotten gains of crime, recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and invests them into community programmes, facilities and activities largely, but not exclusively, for young people at risk of turning to crime and anti-social behaviour as a way of life.