PLANS to regenerate Aberdeen must not be allowed to “sit on the shelf” – the city council leader warned today.
Councillor Jenny Laing said she was hopeful a masterplan could progress next year despite a setback earlier this month.
A proposal to ban cars from Broad Street – an early goal – was rejected by Aberdeen City Council. Cllr Laing said: “The Labour group wants to see Aberdeen moving forward. I hope that all elected members will join us on this journey and help us deliver the masterplan.
“The people of Aberdeen do not want more plans to just sit on a shelf.
“They want to see us working together for the good of the city and delivering on what was promised.”
Independent councillor and deputy leader Marie Boulton – who voted against the Broad Street proposal – said: “We must ensure that we get the foundations right if we are to build a city that is futureproof and has the buy-in from as many citizens as possible.”Administration member Tory councillor Ross Thomson said: “The aspirations for pedestrianisation are still there. To have options drawn up alongside traffic modelling which is then subject to public consultation ensures that the projects are evidence-led, achievable and deliverable.”
The masterplan, which was backed in principle by the council in summer, is a long-term vision which includes new housing, pocket parks and commercial hubs.
SNP group leader councillor Jackie Dunbar said: “The masterplan will continue to go forward and it needs the continued backing of everyone including the private sector and the public. That’s why consultation is key.
“For it to be successful we need to scrutinise every project that comes forward.”
Lib Dem leader Cllr Ian Yuill said: “The Liberal Democrats are committed to delivering the masterplan.”