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Wall dispute goes before councillors

Friday May 19th 2017 at 2:27 PM

A report into a £200,000 wall repair bill will be the centre of a discussion by Aberdeen City Council next week.

Willie Young, the former finance convener, is the centre of controversy after it was discovered public money had been given to fix a wall allegedly on his land – without committee approval.

Mr Young argues he sold the land to his father, David Young, more than 20 years ago.

Emails released show coucil officers had believed Mr Young to be the owner of the property when they contacted him several times about the plans.

The consideration will be held at the infrastructure committee on Wednesday.

The council halted the work when the storm erupted – and launched an internal investigation.

There are calls for the council watchdog to step in to investigate, but this is understood to be unlikely before the council’s probe is completed.

A spokesperson for Audit Scotland said: “Aberdeen City Council is conducting its own investigation into Wellington Brae.

“The external auditor will review the scope, approach and results of that investigation and any actions arising.

“Any significant matters will be reported in the auditor’s annual report in September.”

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