A councillor has been challenged to debate the plans for an all-new bridge over the River Dee.
Paul O’Connor, chairman of Inchgarth Community Centre, has written an open letter to Conservative councillor Alan Donnelly.
It comes after the Torry and Ferryhill member backed the option that would see the crossing link the A90 Aberdeen to Dundee route with Garthdee Road.
Mr O’Connor claims that option will cause “chaos” on the roads in his community.
He said: “The option of building a bridge on to Garthdee Road is a complete non-starter.
“I think a 10-year-old could see it would cause traffic chaos.
“If Mr Donnelly is so sure of his own opinion, he can let us know when he is free and come debate with me.
“He has an open platform to speak to us about it at the centre and I’m sure the Garthdee community would be happy to let him know our thoughts on the matter.”
Cllr Donnelly today stressed he was only expressing his opinion on the issue, and would not be drawn into having a debate.
He also dismissed the SNP’s preferred option, which would involve building a new bridge next to the existing one.
He said: “There is nothing to debate in my mind.
“My argument is not with Paul O’Connor or the Garthdee community it is with the SNP manifesto to build a new bridge beside the 16th-century bridge.
“I have criticised the SNP plans and Mr O’Connor has voiced his own opinions on it.
“I believe he has jumped the gun on this one.
“At the end of the day, none of this might materialise; I will be happy no bridge is built beside the existing bridge, and he will be happy a bridge will not come through Garthdee.
“The bypass is being built at the moment so we need to take time and do studies and consultations to see what the result is on the traffic in the area.
“I respect Paul O’Connor’s opinions that he has expressed in his open letter to me.
“I was speaking individually and not on behalf of the administration or the Conservative group.”