A community trust boss has said the new Dons stadium should go ahead – or his organisation will remain restricted in what it can offer.

Ally Prockter, chief executive of Aberdeen FC Community Trust (AFCCT), would like councillors to vote in favour of the £50 million development on the outskirts of Westhill.

AFCCT lacks the appropriate facilities which Ally says would be addressed if the move to the new stadium went ahead.

He said: “At the moment we are restricted in what we are able to deliver.

“A new purpose built facility would be ideal for us as it will allow us to deliver things which at the moment are restricted.

“For instance, at the moment, there is a techno gym in the concourse of the RDS (Richard Donald Stand), although it is fine for space the heating system is not adequate enough in the winter.

“Little things like that hamper what we want to do.”

Set up in 2014, the community trust helps people of all ages in the North-east from age three to 104.

It helps people from all backgrounds and is always looking at new ideas to engage in the community.

Although independent from the football club, Ally says the trust works closely with them.

He said: “Over the last four years we have grown by 500%, however, with our own place we will be able to generate income by renting out the pitches as well as grow in the number of people we engage with.

“Clearly there are capacity issues where we are at the moment so it is important for us to see the plans go through.”

At present Ally’s office is in an executive box in the main stand at Pittodrie.

“My team is growing and growing because of what we do in the community so it is difficult to find more space for them,” added Ally.

A pre-determination hearing will be held on September 13 regarding the Kingsford Stadium development.

The final decision will be made at a full council meeting a month later in October.

Originally published and copyright Evening Express – 29th August 2017

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