Policy committee approves revised capital plan

Woodhill House, Aberdeen.
Woodhill House, Aberdeen.

Aberdeenshire Council is spending nearly £3 million per week building new schools and community facilities and making major improvements to infrastructure in 2014/15.

A revised capital plan with a total expenditure for 2014/15 of £150,900,000 was approved at a meeting of the policy and resources committee on Thursday, September 11.

Major projects in the current capital plan include the new £5.3million council office facilities at Peterhead.

The current year forecast also includes nearly £20 million for the now under-construction Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR).

The current year’s forecast an increase of capital expenditure compared with £113,000,000 in 2013/14.

Council leader, Councillor Jim Gifford, praised the “phenomenal level of spend” in this year’s capital plan.

The committee heard that nearly £1,800,000 has been ring-fenced for children and young persons projects and the grant for cycling, walking and safer streets has also been increased to £385,000.