Aberdeen war memorial could be left in the dark after ‘bizarre’ planning dispute

Michael Hutchison at Cowdray Hall.
Michael Hutchison at Cowdray Hall.

A councillor fears an Aberdeen war memorial could be left in the dark for months due to a planning wrangle.

New LED lights were installed behind Aberdeen’s war memorial on Schoolhill as part of the £30 million redevelopment of the Art Gallery and Cowdray Hall.

However, it is understood they cannot be switched on as there is no planning permission or listed building consent. As a result, the lion statue, along with the “To Our Glorious Dead” dedication is in darkness at night.

Michael Hutchison, councillor for the George Street and Harbour ward, said: “I’m disappointed that the lighting here could be out for several months as a result of a planning wrangle within the council.

“It seems bizarre that a major council project could have carried out work without the planning permission to do so.”

A council spokeswoman said: “There is an exterior lighting scheme to the war memorial as part of the redevelopment of the Art Gallery and Cowdray Hall and it will be delivered as part of the project.”

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