Business owners have expressed fears for the future of their firms if proposed new parking charges are introduced.
A planned £1 fee for a stay of up to two hours could be implemented at three city car parks, leading to concerns over decreased trade for local businesses.
The car parks are on Crombie Road in Torry, Dunmail Avenue in Cults and Station Road in Bucksburn.
Kenny Milne, owner of Milne & Sons Butchers in Bucksburn, said: “There’s insufficient car parking as it is. If they’re starting to charge for parking, people just won’t bother stopping.
“It will put people off.
“The council is alleged to be small business-orientated and I think they need to start showing some evidence of that.
“I’ve contacted the Federation of Small Businesses and they’ve been involved behind the scenes and made their displeasure known.”
Finance convener Councillor Willie Young said: “The big problem Aberdeen City Council has got is that we’re the lowest-funded council and, being the lowest-funded council, we’ve got to try to balance the books in some way.
“I appreciate what businesses are saying but when you’re faced with a funding gap it’s either that or take money from education, take money from social care, take money from the vulnerable.”