Coun­cil aim­ing to boost num­ber set­ting up home in city cen­tre by 3,000

Evening Express (City Final) - - UK & Abroad -

COUN­CIL chiefs are prepar­ing plans to boost the city cen­tre’s pop­u­la­tion by 20% in less than 20 years.

The lo­cal au­thor­ity’s re­gen­er­a­tion spokesman Ross Grant said the plan was to at­tract 3,000 more peo­ple to the area as part of the 25-year City Cen­tre Mas­ter­plan launched in 2013. But they are wait­ing for a re­port from real es­tate firm Sav­ills which was com­mis­sioned to iden­tify ways to help at­tract peo­ple back into the city cen­tre.

It is un­der­stood plans are be­ing drawn up to once again in­ves­ti­gate par­tial pedes­tri­an­i­sa­tion of parts of Union Street.

Cllr Grant said: “The coun­cil com­mis­sioned a study from real es­tate spe­cial­ists Sav­ills, which con­sulted res­i­dents and stake­hold­ers to iden­tify ways to help draw peo­ple back into the heart of the city. A re­port is ex­pected to be con­sid­ered by coun­cil­lors later this year.” Op­po­si­tion SNP leader Stephen Flynn said: “There will be a col­lec­tive sigh from the peo­ple of Aberdeen when they re­alise that this work is mas­sively over­due, with funds for a study first agreed in 2016.”

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