I have to admit to being in two minds about the proposed development in Union Terrace Gardens in Aberdeen. At the moment you can argue that the space is wasted. I have never walked down into the gardens because it is quite steep, and although it looks quite attractive with lawns, a few flowers and trees, you have to climb back out again! For the handicapped and elderly it is a no-go area. There is a dual carriageway at the bottom, so you have the noise of the traffic.
Raising it all to street level would create a large area in the centre of the city and, if done sensitively, be a pleasant and peaceful area for visitors and local shop and office workers to go during the day. Walking down to the river or Duthie Park is too far for most people, unless they go by car or bus. People in cities need their breathing spaces and Aberdeen has little to offer.
My concern is that the cost is too high at this time. And whilst the Council has agreed to fund two thirds of the cost (and the estimate of £140m is bound to end up costing more), can the city afford it at this time?
I personally think it would improve the city, subject to it being a green and peaceful area, without too many buildings, but not at the current risk of spending so much that would deny Aberdeen residents of other essential local services. If funding could be found from the Lottery or other sources, then fine.
I welcome your views.
Member since: 9th April 2012
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