Debate on referendum for controversial Aberdeen project

Councillors in Aberdeen are to debate the possibility of either carrying out and opinion poll or holding a referendum to decide the fate of the city's controversial City Gardens project.

Union Terrace Gardens (© Stuart Caie)
Union Terrace Gardens (© Stuart Caie)
The project, which was unveiled last year, would see the level of Aberdeen’s Victorian sunken Union Terrace Gardens raised and a new square introduced.

However, the development has proved controversial, with 55 per cent of local residents stating that they were against the project in an earlier consultation.

As a result, a meeting of the full council has now been scheduled for 14 December so that councillors can debate the merits of conducting an opinion poll or holding a referendum on the project.

Aberdeen City Council enterprise, planning and infrastructure convenor Kate Dean said: "I think it is very important that we strike a balance on this issue and involve all parties in considering the options available to us as a means of gauging public opinion for the City Gardens project."

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