Proposals to make two Aberdeen roads one-way in a bid to reduce damage to parked cars have been narrowly rejected by councillors.
Salisbury Terrace and Gray Street are both tight squeezes for drivers – especially when cars park on both sides of the road.
Some residents have suggested a one-way system would be an ideal solution to prevent incidents where vehicles have clipped wing mirrors and the side of cars.
However, councillors voted seven to six in favour of taking no action and leaving both streets as they are.
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This followed advice from roads officers at the council who said it could see traffic displaced to nearby streets.
Liberal Democrat councillor Ian Yuill, who represents the area, condemned the decision to reject his call to introduce a one-way restriction on part of Gray Street.
He said: “As there is no space for cars going in opposite directions to pass, there is very frequent damage to parked cars.
“There also regular ‘Mexican stand-offs’ between drivers going in opposite directions who both refuse to reverse.”
The amendment would have maintained the existing two-way access arrangement for Great Western Road’s Mariner Hotel – which had objected to the proposals.
However, John Wheeler, convener of the operational delivery committee, said the recommendations to take no action were based on a “professional assessment”.