Sir Ian de­serves more recog­ni­tion

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - OPINION -

SIR, – Coun­cil­lor Marie Boul­ton some­times gives me cause to catch my breath but her com­ments (P&J, March 16) re­ally took the cake. She praised Sir Ian Wood for be­ing the “cat­a­lyst" for the coun­cil's project to im­prove Union Ter­race Gar­dens, pic­tured, af­ter his scheme, in­volv­ing a do­na­tion of £50mil­lion, was re­jected in 2012.

Coun­cil­lor Boul­ton, for­get­ting it was Sir Ian's idea in the first place and left to its own de­vices the coun­cil would have done noth­ing at all, “was de­lighted that the busi­ness case was ap­proved and grate­ful to Sir Ian Wood for pro­vid­ing the ini­tial cat­a­lyst for the trans­for­ma­tional project". One of the mean­ings of “cat­a­lyst” is “some­thing or some­one that helps bring about a change". I be­lieve Sir Ian de­serves more recog­ni­tion than merely be­ing a cat­a­lyst. It was only his ac­tions and the pub­lic furore they raised that led to the em­bar­rass­ment of the coun­cil and forced them to finally do some­thing about the gar­dens some five years later. Mrs Boul­ton had re­ferred to Sir Ian's project be­ing re­jected in 2012.

How­ever she failed to men­tion that she was in­stru­men­tal in rais­ing an al­ter­na­tive mo­tion, when the mat­ter was be­ing dis­cussed in coun­cil, which led to Sir Ian's project be­ing turned down in favour of a bas­ket of im­prove­ment works to the art gallery and Mu­sic Hall. George Mor­ri­son, Over­ton Cir­cle, Dyce

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