Tuesday 12th December
Written representations on Aberdeen Football Club’s new stadium plans have to be submitted to the city council by today. It follows new information and documents recently submitted by the club for their proposed move to Kingsford near Westhill. A further pre-determination hearing has been provisionally agreed for the 17th January. Councillors will then rule on the application after that meeting. AFC, which deferred its initial plans, claim a new home and training facilities are vital for its future but objectors want the club to look elsewhere.
Work will continue today on the major Forties Pipeline, which carries about 40% of North Sea oil and gas underground to Grangemouth. It was shut down yesterday for repairs after a small hairline crack was discovered south of Aberdeen near Netherley during a routine inspection. Owners Ineos have put a 300 metre cordon in place as a precaution and some nearby residents have been moved into temporary accommodation.
Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid has backed the call of fishing leaders for a shorter transition period for the industry post-Brexit. The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation has urged UK Ministers to rule out a lengthy transition between the UK exiting the EU in March 2019 and the UK leaving the Common Fisheries Policy. The sector umbrella body SFF has said that to fit in with the international fisheries negotiations calendar, a nine-month bridge to December 2019 is all that is required.
Its claimed nurses across Scotland are at "breaking point'' after a new survey found most of them feel worse off financially then they did five years ago. A poll carried out by the Royal College of Nursing found that 61% of nurses questions in Scotland said they were too busy at work to provide patients with the level of care they would like. As well as the 40% who said money worries were causing them to lose sleep, 36% said they were looking for a new job. The RCN published the figures ahead of this week's Scottish Budget, to highlight the impact that the "prolonged" public sector pay freeze has had on morale in the profession.
The contractor for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie to Tipperty project is reminding children across the north east to avoid its construction sites during the Christmas holidays. Machinery, incomplete structures, unstable land, heavy goods vehicles in transit and open excavations are just some of the hazards that young people could encounter. Aberdeen Roads Limited has therefore made a Stay Safe Leaflet available through its Community Liaison Team. It can also be downloaded from the AWPR/B-T project website.
Specialist officers including a dog handler are involved in a search for a missing Aberdeenshire pensioner. 71 year old Margaret Taylor from the Forbes area near Alford was last seen at around 10.30 on Sunday night. She is described as being 5 feet 2 in height of small / medium build and has grey hair. When last seen, Margaret was wearing a dark jacket that is either dark blue or dark green. Police say her disappearance is completely of character and are urging anyone who may have seen her to come forward.