An area of trees in Aberdeen that was controversially ripped up to make way for a sporting event more than a year ago will be reinstated.
The island between Don Street and Cheyne Road was removed to accommodate runners on the Great Aberdeen Run but the decision sparked an outcry among residents.
They said the trees acted as a barrier to driving between the streets and demanded they be reinstated after cars were spotted driving over the island.
Aberdeen City Council previously said the trees would not be brought back as it was “not practical to reinstate a permanent solution” at this time.
However, Vycki Ritson, team leader of traffic management and road safety at Aberdeen City Council, visited the Old Aberdeen Community Council and revealed there had been a change of heart following a plea from Councillor Alex McLellan.
Two large trees and several smaller ones were cut down in August last year, leaving only soil and a black and white barrier in their place.
At the time residents called for the council to be held accountable for the “unacceptable” loss which happened in a conservation area.
Following the controversy the council has installed bollards and planters in a bid to cut the number of motorists driving over the top.The community council said it would prefer to see trees replanted.
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At the meeting, suggestions were made for what could be put back on the site, including indigenous trees.
However, it would still be necessary to ensure that a clear passageway is maintained for runners.
Councillor McLellan, who represents the Old Aberdeen area, said: “I’m incredibly pleased that a course of action is now being progressed following my motion.
“This will see a reinstatement which will still incorporate the great Aberdeen Run route.
“Officers will work with the community to ensure the reinstatement is in-keeping with the Old Aberdeen conservation area and within the agreed budget.”
A city council spokeswoman said: “Following a report to operational delivery committee in September it was agreed the island would be reinstated in consultation with the Great Run’s management group and the local community.
“These proposed changes are currently being worked on and, once completed, they will be presented to Old Aberdeen Community Council for comment.”