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Sir Ian awaiting public feedback

Aerial view of plan
The plans will move to consultation with the public

The millionaire behind a plan to raise the level of Union Terrace Gardens in Aberdeen has said the scheme is not developing as quickly as he would like.

Sir Ian Wood has pledged £50m of his own money towards the scheme, which he hopes will create a new civic "heart".

Proposals being progressed by development body Aberdeen City and Shire Economic Future (Acsef) are now ready to be presented next month.

Sir Ian said the public consultation is an important step forward.

It could cost between £110m and £140m to construct the planned raised gardens at Union Terrace and full covering over the Denburn dual carriageway.

Sir Ian is chairman of the multi-million pound energy services firm, John Wood Group.

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