Concerns have been raised about an increase in football violence between rival sets of supporters if Aberdeen Football Club moves to a new stadium at Kingsford.
The No Kingsford Stadium organisation is worried about fan segregation around the site for high-profile matches against the likes of Celtic and Rangers if the proposed stadium, training complex and community facilities are given the go-ahead by Aberdeen City Council.
Last month’s fixtu against Rangers at Pittodrie saw a major police presence in and around the city centre and extensive CCTV surveillance was also used to prevent clashes between supporters.
No Kingsford Stadium members are concerned that, with a proposed parking zone of 600 spaces at the Arnhall Business Park in Westhill, and with the potential for supporters parking elsewhere in Westhill, there could be violent confrontations as rival supporters walk to and from the stadium.
Alistair Mckelvie, spokesman for the group, said: “We haven’t seen any plans in terms of segregation and fan management and that’s a worry for football supporters as well as the residents of Westhill.
“There is potential for fan violence in Westhill. If the area is policed effectively with CCTV and a police presence, any potential problems should be managed, but there has been no indication that will be the case.”
In response to these concerns, Aberdeen FC’s executive vice-chairman, George Yule, said: “Our proposal to build a new community, training and stadium facility at Kingsford is still at the planning stage and we are already engaging with a wide variety of stakeholders.
“If the plans are approved, detailed discussions with Police Scotland and others on the safe and efficient operation of the stadium will be a priority.”
In a statement, Police Scotland added: “We are aware of the ongoing application process by Aberdeen FC for the proposed new stadium.
“The approval or otherwise is a matter for the local authority.”