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Committee earmarks £400,000 to enhance Aberdeenís outdoor spaces

11/03/14

Aberdeen City Council's Housing and Environment Committee has agreed to invest £400,000 in enhancing outdoor spaces across the city.

The money has been earmarked from an underspend in the Housing and Environment budget and will used to pay for a range of environmental projects including parks, gardens and planting improvements.

Half the money will be used for fencing and railing replacement, roundabout and road maintenance and verge improvements.

The other half will be spent on city centre planting, refurbishment work in parks and gardens and enhancement of shrub and rose beds. Schools and community projects could also benefit.

Housing and Environment Convener Councillor Neil Cooney said: "This is a rare opportunity to give the city a makeover, particularly areas that in the past we may not have had the resources to focus on.

"It will bring a huge boost to the fabric of the whole city and allow our environmental teams to enhance and improve existing outdoor spaces while also focusing their attention on new projects.

"Our staff already work tirelessly to ensure our parks and open spaces are attractive and accessible to all, but sometimes this is not always possible due various factors.

"This additional investment is very welcome and I look forward to seeing the environmental improvements across the city taking shape in the coming months."