Councillors in Aberdeen have narrowly voted against a call to open up derelict land for community use.
SNP councillor Alex Nicoll called for the council to investigate the possibility of opening the former Craighill Primary School in Kincorth site for access by children.
Aberdeen City Council has marked it for housing.
Mr Nicoll said: “I’m not looking for the officers to be spending any huge sums of money with this, given it will be developed, but I do think if we go forward with this then we are meeting some of the council’s objectives for health and wellbeing.”
But convener of the city growth and resources committee, Douglas Lumsden called for no action to be taken.
He said: “We have got officers looking at the housing they will bring to that area and we shouldn’t be distracting them by asking them to bring back a plan in June.”
Councillors later voted five to four in favour of an amendment by Mr Lumsden to take no action.
Mr Nicoll said: “The administration are not interested in working for the people of Aberdeen but playing petty politics in committee.”