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A group started by previous members of the Friends of Union Terrace Gardens Committee. The group fights to maintain the Common Good of Aberdeen and campaigns for better stewardship of property (especially Union Terrace Gardens) and resources. The group holds that the Common Good is held in trust by the Council for the benefit of the people of the city.

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A group established to campaign against American tycoon Donald Trump and his planned golf course development at Menie Estate, Aberdeenshire. There were clear issues with the site: part of the site was designated a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and the estate circled the homes and land of local residents. After a planning debacle involving Aberdeenshire Council and the Scottish Government, the development was granted.

The group have been very active: lobbying, staging demos, publishing their own newspaper (Menie Voices) and using creative forms of campaigning, specifically ‘The Bunker’ whereby as a result of the threat of compulsory purchase, resident Michael Forbes sold land to the group and hundreds of supporters bought part of the land thereby adding hundreds of names to the title deeds and creating a legal maze.

References: website.

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The Friends of Union Terrace Gardens was established in 2010 after Aberdeen City Council voted to reject the Peacock Visual Arts space and favour the City Square Project. The City Square Project was backed by Sir Ian Wood and pushed forward by ACSEF (Aberdeen City and Shire Economic Futures). A public consultation followed but after it was rejected by the public, the Council still decided to press ahead, thus setting opposite camps against each other. Those who opposed the City Square were initially a loose coalition but formed around a Friends Group which began its campaign with a tour of the city in a red London bus and a massive summer party in the gardens.

The Friends was formalised and became a paid membership organisation with a constitution and elected committee. The battle raged on and eventually there was a city wide referendum in 2011 which narrowly voted for development of the site. Yet a new Labour Council administration was elected in 2012 and after a Council vote, the City Square (now City Garden Project) was finally rejected. The issue has never gone away so the Friends are still active with energies going towards  improving facilities, encouraging better utilisation of the gardens and lobbying for continued support regards the retention of the site.

References: website.

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