Time for action on Union Street mess
SIR, – At last the P&J gives Union Street’s woes the front page attention they deserve.
Few would disagree that the city’s historic heart is a mere shadow of its former glory with iconic buildings in need of cleaning and repair.
Sadly, the Silver City has lost its sparkle, and sadder still, we are deafened by the silence of our elected councillors, who appear to be unable to offer any solution to this problem, apart from a masterplan which, if it does deliver, will not be completed until 2025 at the earliest and does not address the problems Union Street is facing today.
We also await the final plan for Union Terrace gardens after the generous offer of Sir Ian Wood was rejected.
For the past 50 years Aberdeen has been the oil capital of Europe awash with money, and perhaps the City Council during that period was not as proactive as it might have been in putting in place planning schemes that would have taken advantage of oil investment in the years of plenty, thereby securing a sustainable, golden future for the City. But that’s history.
The demand for traditional shopping stores are in decline nationwide. However, it is not beyond the ability of developers and planners to come up with an imaginative plan to re-energise the Union Street area of Aberdeen.
I would suggest the establishment of a “City Business Advisory Forum” to advise the council on such issues as the redevelopment of Union Street. This forum would be in the main drawn from local businessmen and women.
This body would be free from the political ideology that sometimes negatively affects decisions taken by politically elected members, although any final decisions would be taken by the elected councillors of the city. John Young, Holburn Street Aberdeen