A move to pedestrianise eight Aberdeen streets in the evening could be approved by councillors next week.
Justice Mill Lane, Windmill Brae, Windmill Lane and Bath Street will be marked as pedestrian and cycle only between 10pm and 5am, seven days a week, under the proposals.
Councillors have also been urged to approve plans to ban vehicles from parts of Bon Accord Terrace, Gordon Street and Bridge Street and to pedestrianise Langstane Place, between Dee Street and Crown Street, 24 hours a day.
The move, which forms part of Aberdeen City Council’s Masterplan, aims to make the streets safer for people using bars, clubs, restaurants and takeaways in the evenings.
A consultation was held into the proposals with residents and businesses in the area consulted.
In their submission, Aberdeen Inspired said: “Our members, who we have spoken to, have been universally supportive of this plan.
“We believe it will make this a more informal and relaxed area for people to meet and socialise.
“We also believe it will address a serious safety concern where cars use this route as a short cut to avoid the traffic controls on Union Street. This results in cars interacting with members of the public who are out in town to have a good time and perhaps not so alert to the dangers of cars and pedestrians mixing in this area.”
Night-time venues including Soul, The Grill and The Glentanar Bar have also all expressed their support for the move.
However, the Bon Accord Terrace and Area Residents’ Association said over the years they have met on a regular basis with the city council, Police Scotland and a number of local bars in the area with concerns over “rowdy, disruptive and illegal behaviour”.
In their submission, they added: “We would be interested to hear how ACC/Police Scotland has gone from a policy of trying to clear the area as quickly as possible to encouraging hundreds of revellers to hang around very close to residential streets during the night.
“Frankly, we are incredulous that this is even being considered.”
A report to the city council’s operational delivery committee said Police Scotland has raised safety concerns regarding the interaction between pedestrians and traffic at night in the city centre.
It added: “On a single Saturday evening, 6,034 pedestrian movements were recorded between 9pm and 5am at the junction of Langstane Place/Bon Accord Street.”
Committee members will vote on the proposals when they meet next Thursday.