Council approves external funding plan for phase 2 of city centre improvement projects

Aberdeen City Council’s City Growth and Resources Committee today approved new capital projects totalling £425,918 with the funding having been secured from the Town Centre Fund programme.  

The Committee also approved additional funding for demolition work in Queen Street as part of the new regeneration work, for the Belmont Filmhouse Project, and phase 3 of intelligent street lighting as well as confirming support for other plans relating to the Queen Street project. 

Other phase 1 projects receiving external funding grants from the Town Centre Fund such as replacement heating in St Nicholas Kirk, the Union Street public realm and the Hayton Road Street Design project in Tillydrone are all on track for completion.  

In order to be eligible for the Town Centre Fund funding, projects are obliged to commit to expenditure by 31 March 2021 and a project completion deadline of the 30 September 2021. 

Committee Convener and Council Co Leader, Councillor Douglas Lumsden, said: “We were delighted to approve the funding, the majority of which has been sourced from grants thanks to the efforts of our External Funding Team, which supports real value-for-money projects that go towards making the city an even better place to live, visit and do business in”. 

The Council’s External Funding team undertake the submission of applications to grant funding bodies and provide guidance on funding eligibility criteria to support the delivery of the Council’s priorities. Since 2012 the team has secured £35,889,039 of grant funding for Aberdeen City Council; a vital resource given the financial pressure all local authorities are facing.