I am happy to support any development that works to develop active lifestyles, integration and moves this area further away from its myopic view on consumerism. Further expansion of Prime Four to included more shops has not generated the nimbyism shown by residents in either westhill or kingswells, neither the massive tesco, costco, or further expansion of kingsford business park. Thus it could be concluded that the anti kingsford agenda is driven by misguided conclusions that football stadia generate problems different to those already in place with the existing infrastructure. The hyperbole demonstrated by the no kingsford group is unfounded and not based on evidence.
So why should it be supported; well it promotes active lifestyles for a generation of those likely to be facing an epidemic of obesity, it promotes inclusion as football if anything is a game that can be played and enjoyed by many if only mastered by some, it bring communities together by offering a focal hub match days and potential other event days. It may also afford opportunities for other sport developments such as rugby, Scotland could quite easily support a 3rd pro rugby team and a modern pitch mixing technologies could support such duality.
So apart from improving lifestyles and health opportunities, bringing communities together, enhancing the available facilities and supporting a key part of the profile of Aberdeen city and shire what else does it need to do to be supported by the kingswells community council.
If the council come out in support of No, I strongly suspect they will demonstrate the key reason nobody engages with them and they will ultimately reinforce the view community councils are run for those on the group rather than the community.
However by listening to the community and providing a balanced narrative in response to the planning application I feel they may have taken an opportunity to really reflect the feelings and views of those in Kingswells.
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