Fears for revellers after city centre street lights go out amid works
Aberdeen City Council has been criticised for leaving late-night revellers in the dark.
As work continues outside the Marischal Square project, Broad Street has now been left without street lighting.
The road and neighbouring Upperkirkgate were closed in March to allow for the street to be pedestrianised.
The work was due to be completed by June, to coincide with the opening of Marischal Square, but it is feared the £3.2million venture may now not be completed until next summer.
The lack of lighting has led to concerns being raised around public safety, particularly with thousands of new students flocking to the city centre for freshers events.
SNP councillor Michael Hutchison said: “First of all, it is worrying that a major street in our city centre has been left without lighting.
“It poses questions about public safety and will cause more issues for hardpressed local businesses.
“I’ve asked for this to be looked into and I hope it will be dealt with promptly.
“When Labour first came to power they promised to focus on the basics rather what they called ‘vanity projects’ – five years later we have Broad Street plunged into darkness while work on Marischal Square overruns just yards away.”
Labour councillor for George Street and (inc VAT) Harbour Sandra Macdonald responded: “My constituents are absolutely fed up with people talking Aberdeen down.
“A lot of work is going on just now and Broad Street is an ongoing project.”
A council spokesperson A scheme encouraging students to become rural GPs has been praised.
In June, 14 medical students said the lighting issue was being treated as an emergency, and would be fixed “as soon as possible”.
Labour councillor Ross Grant said: “I think that Councillor Hutchison should focus more on raising the issue with the from Aberdeen were taken into the Cairngorms to meet GPs and patients.
The project jointly won council for his constituents rather than seeking to make political gain.
“Aberdeen is well known as a purple flag city for its high levels of safety. There are a number of stakeholders involved in making sure the city is safe and vibrant.” the Innovation in Primary Care Award from the Royal College of GPs North East Scotland Faculty. Ten thousand outpatient visits were made to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness last year by people living more than 100 miles away in Caithness.
The figure, based on recent analysis by NHS Highland, equates to a total distance travelled of nearly 100 circumferences of the Earth, and about 27 visits a day.
An NHS Highland spokesman admitted the number is “not satisfactory”, stressing they will start “focused work” in Caithness using more video conferencing and phone consultations – but ruled out employing more staff.
He stressed that many people are travelling for treatment which has never been provided in Caithness.
But the new figure has further outraged campaigners who fear Wick’s Town and County Hospital – which provides palliative care and inpatient beds – could close by Christmas as part of a review of inpatient beds also including Caithness General Hospital in Wick, and Dunbar Hospital in Thurso.
The health authority insists no decisions will be made before public consultation next month.
Last night Caithness Health and Action Team (Chat) co-vice chairman Professor Iain Baikie, said: “Forcing people from Caithness to travel nearly 100 times around the Earth each year for their basic health needs is not justifiable on any sensible terms.”
He also claimed this means a loss in working hours of “tens of thousands” and suggested a “sensible solution” would be to have consultants regularly attend Caithness General on a four-to -six-week rota.