At Aberdeen City Council's annual budget meeting on 10th March, Liberal Democrat councillors proposed a budget of recovery for the city's residents with the focus firmly on schools, pavements, roads and the environment. They also emphasised that the council must live within its means.
Liberal Democrat Group Leader Councillor Ian Yuill said:
“Everyone has suffered because of the pandemic. The pandemic has brought real hardship to local people and local businesses. We now need a special concentrated effort to build our city back better in the interest of all. The focus must be on looking after and improving essential services. That is why Liberal Democrats are prioritising education, the environment and repairing Aberdeen's crumbling roads and pavements.”
Ian Yuill highlighted that the Liberal Democrat proposals included:
Education, learning and community
- Investing £5m for relocating St Peter's Primary to the Riverbank School site.
- Investing £13.75m for a much-needed extension at Bucksburn Academy.
- A commitment not to close libraries.
- Extra cash for Aberdeen's volunteer led community centres plus a commitment to build a much-needed extension at Inchgarth Community Centre.
Local and global environment
- Abolishing of the unfair and anti-environmental Garden Tax.
- A major increase in tree planting.
- Investment in maintaining open spaces in an environmentally sustainable way which encourages biodiversity.
- An extra £2 million to provide many more electric vehicle charging points and infrastructure in Aberdeen.
- An investigation into installing underground heat pumps - an environmentally sustainable energy source - in parks and open spaces. The electricity generated could be sold to make money for the council.
- An additional £10million over the next five years for repairs and resurfacing to Aberdeen's crumbling roads and pavements.
- Investment in more equipment to grit and clear snow from Aberdeen's roads and pavements
Ian Yuill concluded “The Liberal Democrats' focus is on resources for schools, city streets and the green agenda. These are things that affect our whole city.
“Liberal Democrats will continue to argue that the council should put the basics first. That means investing in education, our roads and pavements and other vital services. It means rising to the challenge of climate change. It does not mean borrowing eye watering amounts of money for unspecified grandiose new schemes. The council must live within its means.”