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ACSEF referred to Audit Commission over “political” letter

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July 9 2010

ACSEF referred to Audit Commission over “political” letter
Plans for a new civic square in the heart of Aberdeen have hit fresh controversy after it emerged that the Audit Commission are being asked to investigate a letter sent to senior labour politicians by ACSEF.

The letter, sent on April 14 in the run up to the general election, expressed ACSEF’s concern over Labour opposition to Sir Ian Woods plans for Union Terrace gardens

Aberdeen South Labour MP Anne Begg described the letter as “clearly political” and a “misuse of public funds.”

A subsequent vote in May saw Aberdeen city councilors back the plans despite a majority of respondents to a public consultation being opposed to the idea.

ACSEF are standing by the letter and hope to meet with local politicians over the issue.

Assuming a funding gap of £70m can be bridged the Council hope to see the Square completed by 2016.

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