Council moves forward on capital projects

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MORE than £78 million is expected to be invested in infrastructure across Aberdeenshire in 2012/13.

A report going before Thursday’s Policy and Resources Committee advises that the council is on track to deliver the commitments in the capital plan which details all major building and refurbishment programmes across the council’s estate.

The programme for the year includes a range of high profile new build projects due to be completed including a childrens’ homes at Inverurie, care home at Stonehaven and a pool and community sports centre in Fraserburgh .

There will be continued investment in parks, roads, bridges, industrial portfolio, household waste recycling centres and libraries.

The plan also includes significant development of the school estate including the recently commenced Mearns Academy while Ellon Academy is on track to start early 2013. The future programme includes Alford Academy and Primary Complex with further primary replacements at Drumoak, Kinellar, and Markethill, Turriff with additional schools planned for Uryside, Inverurie and Kintore. There will be continued enhancements to the schools across Aberdeenshire including an extension and refurbishment to Kemnay Academy.

Council leader Councillor Jim Gifford said: “This is a very comprehensive plan, which has been developed based on the needs and desires of local communities. This is the start of a significant programme of investment in our estate which will take place over the next few years.”

Independent co-ordinator Councillor Norman Smith explained: “The progress on delivering the capital plan is to be welcomed. I understand that these are large and complex projects that can take a long time to plan, acquire suitable sites and go through the tendering process.

“I am pleased to see progress on this as well as a commitment to spend £78 million in this current financial year.”