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Support of Union Terrace Gardens plans recommended

Image of Union Terrace Gardens plan
The Union Terrace Gardens proposals have divided opinion in Aberdeen

Council officials are recommending that councillors back plans, supported by Sir Ian Wood, to redevelop Aberdeen's Union Terrace Gardens.

Proposals for the £140m City Square development came with a pledge of £50m in funding from businessman Sir Ian.

The majority of people who took part in a consultation opposed the plan.

Arts body Peacock's separate plans for a £13m centre in the same area have already been approved. The council will consider options on 19 May.

Aberdeen City and Shire Economic Future (Acsef) wants to develop the square.

Acsef chairman Tom Smith said: "Acsef welcomes the recommendation from council officials to support the vision encapsulated by the City Square concept."

However Peacock expressed concern about the report.

'Matter of urgency'

Lindsay Gordon, director of Peacock, said: "At first glance we were encouraged by comments about a compromise solution which is something that Peacock has called for consistently.

"However, the paper takes no account of Peacock's board position, taken after long and careful consideration, that we cannot be part of the City Square Project. Councillors now appear to be having to make a judgement without access to full and accurate information.

"We are going to be communicating these important points to councillors as a matter of urgency."

Meanwhile, a meeting is to be held on Wednesday evening to discuss the future of Union Terrace Gardens.

It has been set up by independent councillor Marie Boulton.

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