A community leader today blasted a councillor for his support of a proposed new bridge cutting through an Aberdeen neighbourhood.
As reported in yesterday’s Evening Express, SNP councillors have pledged to spend tens of millions of pounds on a new bridge across the River Dee if they seize control of the council in May.
A trio of designs have been drawn up by council bosses for the new river crossing over the Dee, which would all see the 16th Century bridge retained.
Councillor Alan Donnelly, vice-convener of the city council’s finance committee, has expressed support for concept 6 which would see the creation of a dual carriageway link road between Garthdee Road and the A90 Aberdeen to Dundee route.
But Paul O’Connor, chairman of Inchgarth Community Centre in Garthdee, slammed the proposals.
He said: “It would be catastrophically unacceptable to build any bridge right through the heart of Garthdee.
“He’s grotesquely out of touch with the residents of the city.
“It would bring Garthdee to a complete standstill.
“Considering I’ve served this community for 25 years, it would be safe to say my opinion would hold more ground than Mr Donnelly’s ever would.”
But the Conservative councillor said: “That is Mr O’Connor’s opinion and in a free democratic society we have our views and opinions.
“I’m not out of touch, perhaps he is out of touch.
“I think it would complement and allow drivers to get from the south of the city to get into the retail parks at ASDA, Sainsbury’s and B&Q.”
Cllr Donnelly said building a new link road beside the Bridge of Dee would detract from its historical value.
SNP group leader Councillor Stephen Flynn said his party favour concept 7, which would see a new arch crossing alongside the existing Bridge of Dee.
Cllr Flynn said: “Cllr Donnelly’s comments show a complete disregard for the people that live in Garthdee and I’m simply astonished.”
The ambitious scheme could cost between £40million and £60m.