Report Published on Torry Academy

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Roadworks drive road users round the bend

Roadworks on Wellington Road are still causing headaches for bus passengers and drivers even though the work was supposed to finish over two weeks ago.

Recent freezing conditions meant that work could not be carried out but cones were still left in place leaving road users to face continuing delays.

First Bus Aberdeen Scheduler Mark Cairds today said that there have been “major” delays for the bus routes three and five which use Wellington Road. He added that even the Kincorth bus routes 17 and 21 had been affected.

Mr Cairds said there had been complaints from customers and he thought that the roadworks would take “another couple of weeks”.

He said: “Wellington Road is down to one lane and the result of that is longer queues.”

Aberdeen City Council Street Occupations worker Terry Macleod said that workers can’t lay the materials in “freezing weather.”

He said: “The materials crumble and we would have to do them again.”

Mark Rennie, 25, from Mastrick uses the number three bus route to get to Aberdeen College in Altens.

He said: “It usually takes me about 50 minutes to get to college but with the roadworks it takes me an hour and a half.”

Aberdeen City Council’s director of Enterprise, Planning and Infrastucture Gordon McIntosh said: “The travelling public is inevitably going to be affected by the Wellington Road works but it is essential and has to be done.”

Mr Macleod said that the roadworks were now due to be finished by Monday evening next week.

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Retail Rocks

An information centre is being set up on Victoria Road in Torry where people can ask questions about how to apply for a shop space. Start thinking of ideas! Keep your eyes and ears open…

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Retail Rocks

Entrepreneurs will be given the chance to win a shop space rent free for one year in a pilot economic regeneration scheme aimed at revitalising the Torry community.

The scheme will give budding retailers the chance to pitch their idea to an expert panel to win a support package which includes 18 months of expert mentoring from private company Retail Rocks.

Aberdeen City Council chief executive Sue Bruce said: “Aberdeen is leading the way with this concept which could become a model for other parts of the city.”

The Scottish Government is funding the scheme with a £573,000 award from the Town Centre Regeneration Fund. If it is successful it will be rolled out in other parts of Aberdeen and Scotland.

Up to nine boarded up shops will be used for the Dragon’s Den style competition which should be up and running by spring this year.

One of the boarded up shops is currently being turned into an information hub offering advice to the community on how to enter the competition.

Torry and Ferryhill Councillor Yvonne Allan today said that Torry was chosen as the pilot project as it was a “unique” community that people identified with.

She added: “It is hoped that the highest percentage of the shops will be new businesses run by Torry people. And Torry people will support Torry folk.”

Aberflora Florist shop owner Norma Reid from Torry said that she “definitely” backed the scheme.

She added: “I want Torry to return to it’s former glory.”

Professor Rita Marcella, Dean of Aberdeen Business School at the Robert Gordon University, who is leading an ongoing research project on the effects of the recession on small business said that the scheme was an “absolutely splendid” idea.

She said: “We should not have shop spaces sitting empty.”

Professor Marcella added that “short, sharp” educational modules on a range of core enterprise skills such as tax and marketing were being offered as part of a project funded by the European Social Fund.

Aberdeen City Council Finance and resources convener Councillor Kevin Stewart said: “This is an extremely exciting and practical project for which I am delighted to have secured funding from the Scottish Government.”

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Welcome to the South Aberdeen Times. On this site there will be updates, news, life & style, events and interesting things that might appeal to the people who live in or are connected to the south of Aberdeen.

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