Aberdeen councillors welcome moves to secure dangerous buildings

Aberdeen councillors welcome moves to secure dangerous buildings

The efforts of the Building Standards team at Aberdeen City Council to ensure that properties across the city present no risk to the public have been praised by councillors.

A report for the Communities, Housing and Public Protection Committee provided assurance in respect of the council’s responsibilities in making dangerous buildings secure and preserving public safety.

Aberdeen City Council acts as a verifier to administer the Building (Scotland) Act 2003 which is intended to secure the health, safety, welfare and convenience of those living in buildings or who may be affected with issues relating to a building.

The report further stated that no major incidents requiring significant intervention from the Building Standards Team were reported between October 2021 and April 2022 – the latest reporting period – required intervention from Building Standards and that only two notices were issued.

Communities, housing and public protection committee Convener Councillor Miranda Radley said: “We were pleased to hear that the vast majority of property owners in the city are taking their own responsibilities in terms of building safety – and that our team are there to act quickly if this is not the case.”

Vice convener Councillor Ciaran McRae said: “We welcome this report on the work that is being carried out to secure dangerous buildings in Aberdeen and also on activity on unauthorised building work and occupation of buildings.”  

A further report is expected to go to the committee in November.  

Meanwhile, construction on a new library in Dyce is due to begin this month. Aberdeen City Council said work on the £700,000 facility in Dyce Community Centre is due to start in late January.

The library will be in the former police station and adjoining space attached to the community centre.

Alterations and refurbishment on the existing building on Gordon Terrace will be carried out by Alpha Projects.

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