Shopkeepers affected by the multi-million pound city centre revamp are furious after the council confirmed it would not offer them any relief on their business rates.
The £3.2 million pedestrianisation project on Broad Street has suffered numerous delays, leaving traders on Upperkirkgate complaining of being unable to receive deliveries and attract customers.
And with the work now not expected to be fully completed until next year, numerous shop owners wrote to the council’s chief executive Angela Scott asking for relief on their business rates.
Ms Scott has now said the authority “has no legal obligation” to offer rates relief to firms.
In a letter to Aberdeen Central MSP Kevin Stewart, Ms Scott said: “Upperkirkgate/Gallowgate is estimated to be open before Christmas, and alongside the Christmas Village this will give a welcome boost to visitors.”
Shoe shop owner Andrew Begg said the council had made a “pig’s ear” of the project.
He added: “In Edinburgh, firms affected by the tram works were compensated.”