Councillors have said they will stand by their word and back a £350million expansion of Aberdeen harbour with a chunk of taxpayer cash.
Members of Aberdeenshire’s infrastructure committee met at Woodhill House yesterday to debate investing £5.5million on the overhaul of the city port and development of Nigg Bay.
Both are part of the ambitious City Region Deal agreed last year – a deal supported by Aberdeenshire Council.
The development could create thousands of new jobs over the next two decades and is a bid to put Aberdeen at the centre of the decommissioning sector.
The Nigg Bay expansion – which includes building an entire mile of new quay – will target attracting more cruise liners to the city as well.
However, some councillors had raised concerns the council was investing in a harbour which was in direct competition with its own ports, including Peterhead and Fraserburgh.
Nevertheless council chiefs recommended the committee back the investment, which will be matched by Aberdeen City Council, for the good of the whole region.