Vi­sion needed for our city’s fu­ture

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - FEATURES -

SIR, – The Union Street co­nun­drum gen­er­ates much de­bate but lit­tle vi­sion. The Union Street of my youth was a true de­light and prom­e­nad­ing it af­ter school to eye up the girls, ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the qual­ity shop­ping all around, while in­hal­ing the cof­fee aroma pass­ing Col­lies is so nos­tal­gic – but that is in the past.

The in­creased own­er­ship of cars re­quir­ing ease of park­ing, chang­ing shop­ping habits and venues, the demise of mass cin­ema, high rents and of­ten a dre­ich cli­mate have all con­trib­uted to the present sit­u­a­tion.

With due re­spect to Sir Ian Wood, the Union Ter­race gar­dens project and sub­se­quent ini­tia­tives were well meant but showed rather dated think­ing with main streets in­creas­ingly los­ing their rel­e­vance to modern life.

Small side streets with bou­tique shops, restau­rants and leisure fa­cil­i­ties still have their at­trac­tions, but Union Street it­self is sadly a relic of an ear­lier age. Could it be bro­ken into sec­tions with a view to mak­ing it into a pre­dom­i­nantly high class res­i­den­tial area in keep­ing with its ar­chi­tec­ture – if not what?

No easy an­swer but surely an ideal op­por­tu­nity for those who be­lieve Scot­land is fail­ing due to the yoke of West­min­ster to come for­ward and demon­strate what we are miss­ing. Dr F L P Fouin, North Dee­side Road, Aberdeen

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