Costs spiralling at new Aberdeen centre

A member of the Scottish parliament has raised the alarm over soaring costs at a planned convention centre. Kevin Stewart said the cost of the new Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) venue now stands at £250m. The MSP has called on Aberdeen City Council chief executive Angela Scott to reveal the true picture. He said: “I think it is ...
Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre

A member of the Scottish parliament has raised the alarm over soaring costs at a planned convention centre.

Kevin Stewart said the cost of the new Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) venue now stands at £250m.

The MSP has called on Aberdeen City Council chief executive Angela Scott to reveal the true picture.

He said: “I think it is now time for the council to be open and transparent with the public of Aberdeen about the cost of this development.

“The public needs to be told the true cost and whole lifetime cost of the development.

“People feel they have not been given the information that they, as citizens of Aberdeen, have a right to know.”

Earlier this month, the council’s finance convener Willie Young, who is a board member at the AECC, told CN the taxpayer must foot the bill for the new centre.

He said councillors would make a decision on the scheme in March.

He said: “The leader of the council, Councillor Jenny Laing, instructed the chief executive to examine in detail the affordability or otherwise of the exhibition centre and the council will be able to examine her report shortly.

“Of course if the SNP Scottish Government stopped favouring Glasgow and gave Aberdeen its fair share of finances and invested in any proposed new exhibition centre then the financial risk to the council would reduce substantially.”

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