Plans for a permanent safety barrier at a historic Aberdeen bridge have been given the go-ahead
Temporary fencing has been in place at Union Bridge parapets on Union Street for almost two years.
Constructed in 1805, the structure is the largest single span granite bridge in the world at 130ft, but it is hoped the new barriers will improve safety at the site where incidents have left people injured over the years.
Councillor Bill Cormie had been calling for the measure to be put in place for a number of years.
He said: “It was myself and former councillor Jim Kiddie who called for these.
“The budget is in place for this so the sooner this gets done the better.
“We had pushed and urged for this as it has been a long time coming.
“I am very pleased to hear this has been passed.
“This will help the whole of Aberdeen and save another incident from happening.”
The application for the B-listed bridge was submitted by LDA Design, commissioned by Aberdeen City Council to draw up the plans.
Police Scotland has also supported the new safety measures.
In a letter to the local authority, Jim Watson, architectural liaison officer, said it encouraged the proposals.
The proposed barrier will be made from steel and powder coated in a copper colour and will “complement the existing parapet”.
In the application it states the design aims to respect the heritage value of the bridge while blending with the proposal to revamp Union Terrace Gardens, also produced by LDA Design.
The council said in its decision notice: “The impact of the safety measures to Union Bridge is justified by the benefits to the community, as established in the supporting statements submitted by the applicant and encouraged by Police Scotland.
“It is considered that the proposal has been designed with due considerations for its context and subject to conditions, the scale, design, colour and fixing details of the proposal are acceptable and that the proposal would not have a detrimental impact on the fabric and character of the listed building and surrounding conservation area.”