Work on street could drag on

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

The man in charge of a mul­ti­mil­lion-pound pedes­tri­an­i­sa­tion project in Aberdeen has re­vealed the work could con­tinue un­til next sum­mer.

The coun­cil’s head of plan­ning and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, Eric Owens, ap­pointed to over­see the £3.2mil­lion scheme for Broad Street and Up­perkirk­gate, said that a tem­po­rary sur­face will be laid to al­low for the Christ­mas Vil­lage at­trac­tion to be held there in Novem­ber.

In March, Broad Street was closed to cars for the fi­nal time to cre­ate a new “shared space” for buses and bi­cy­cles with the coun­cil ex­pect­ing the work to be fin­ished in July.

This was sub­se­quently pushed back to Novem­ber and Mr Owens re­vealed yes­ter­day the au­thor­ity was now aim­ing for the full project to be com­pleted by spring or “pos­si­bly sum­mer”.

Af­ter an­gry com­plaints about the de­lays from shop­keep­ers on Up­perkirk­gate, Mr Owens said work there would now be “pri­ori­tised” with quicker dry­ing ma­te­rial and he added the coun­cil now aimed to open that sec­tion to traf­fic in De­cem­ber or Jan­uary.

The clo­sure or­der for the scheme has been ex­tended to Jan­uary.

The traf­fic lights at Up­perkirk­gate and Gal­low­gate are to be re­moved and re­placed with a shared sur­face for ve­hi­cles and a roundel - a mini-round­about where pedes­tri­ans are given pri­or­ity.

There will be a tou­can cross­ing at the Union Street end.

The de­sign forms part of the 25-year City Cen­tre Mas­ter­plan and is funded by the mas­ter­plan bud­get, Marischal Square de­vel­oper Muse and cy­cling char­ity Sus­trans.

Mr Owens con­firmed that a num­ber of tech­ni­cal prob­lems had been un­earthed while con­duct­ing the works I think we reached the right de­ci­sion.”

Three peo­ple for­mally ob­jected to the pro­posal, claim­ing that more pres­sure would be put on nearby schools if ex­tra homes were added.

A spokes­woman for Ste­wart Milne Homes re­sponded: “Hav­ing worked with the coun­cil for 18 months to pre­pare an ap­pli­ca­tion that was sup­ported by the plan­ning, roads and hous­ing de­part­ments, this de­ci­sion is both dis­ap­point­ing and sur­pris­ing.

“We were keen to see this de­vel­op­ment un­lock the de­liv­ery of 43 new af­ford­able homes in Stone­haven.

“We will await the for­mal de­ci­sion no­tice be­fore de­cid­ing how we progress.”

The house­builder now faces the choice of ask­ing the Scottish Gov­ern­ment to ad­ju­di­cate on the com­mit­tee’s de­ci­sion, or it can ta­ble a new ap­pli­ca­tion or press ahead with the de­vel­op­ment, stick­ing to the terms agreed when plan­ning per­mis­sion was given orig­i­nally.

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