Henry Boot Developments Limited - Aberdeen City Council’s development partner for the new multi-million pound Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre – will host three events in the City in May 2014 to give those who live and work in Aberdeen the opportunity to have their say on the plans for delivery of the new facility.

Representatives from Henry Boot Developments will be available to discuss the outline proposals for the new conference and exhibition centre at Dyce, as well as redevelopment plans for the current AECC site in Bridge of Don (which will be vacated once the new facility is up and running).

In order to ensure that as many people as possible are able to participate in this first stage of the public consultation exercise the events will take place in three locations – Jesmond Centre, Bridge of Don (29 May); Beacon Centre, Bucksburn (30 May); and Aberdeen Art Gallery in the City Centre (31 May).

Nick Harris of Henry Boot Developments said: “We have already carried out a number of pre-consultation meetings with key stakeholders ahead of this first phase of public consultation and we have been greatly encouraged by the positive response so far from those participants.

“We are now keen to hear the views and feedback on our plans from as many people as possible in the city – and indeed from throughout the North East of Scotland and beyond – over the three days of consultation in May.

“The responses that we receive during this period will then be taken into account as we move forward and we will conduct a second phase of public consultation in September, where we will let participants see the progress we make with our detailed plans for both sites prior to our planning applications being submitted towards the end of the year.”

Council leader Barney Crockett said: “The AECC makes a crucial contribution to the economy of Aberdeen, Scotland, and beyond. We must ensure Aberdeen continues to attract large and popular events, like Offshore Europe, to the city. Securing a top-class exhibition centre is essential if we are to continue to succeed in that.

“A vital part of this process is public consultation and I would encourage as many people as possible in Aberdeen and the surrounding district to participate in one of the three events taking place at the end of May.”

The public consultation events are scheduled as follows:

• Thursday 29 May : Jesmond Centre, Jesmond Drive, Bridge of Don, AB22 8UR :12 noon – 8pm

• Friday 30 May : Beacon Centre, Bucksburn Community Campus, Kepplehills Road, Bucksburn, AB21 5DG : 12 noon – 8pm

• Saturday 31 May : Aberdeen Art Gallery, Schoolhill, Aberdeen, AB10 1FQ : 12noon – 5pm

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