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Closing school gets new crossing

Offices Aberdeen City Council
The council has been criticised for spending money it does not have

A cash-strapped council has been criticised for installing a 21,000 pedestrian crossing at a school weeks before it was earmarked for closure.

Aberdeen City Council spent the money installing the crossing at the city's Victoria Road School in January.

However, the following month councillors discussed merging or closing a number of city schools including Victoria Road.

It has since been agreed that the school will be one of six to close.

The council is looking to make 27m of budget cuts, and insists many school buildings are under-attended and too costly to maintain.

It is also due to have its affairs investigated by the Accounts Commission next week.

City councillors questioned the decision of the Lib Dem/SNP administration to go ahead with the crossing.

Councillor for Torry Yvonne Allan said: "You would have thought that at this time more than ever, they would be monitoring what they spend."

Fellow councillor Alan Donnelly added: "This school has been threatened with closure for three or four years now, so they would have known they were on dodgy ground.

"A bit of foresight and communication could have saved much-needed cash."

A city council spokesman said the crossing had been under consideration for up to two years, and was built before any closure plans were tabled.


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