Councillors have been urged to back plans to install safety measures on Union Bridge, the Evening Express can reveal.
The scheme would involve a safety barrier, in the form of a stainless steel parapet at the historic bridge overlooking the Denburn Road.
If consent is approved, lampposts and vertical posts would support horizontal wires, to provide protection and lighting at the spot in a bid to prevent people falling.
A supporting statement for the application revealed there have been “no reported incidents” since the erection of temporary fencing in June this year.
In a letter to the local authority, Police Scotland said there is evidence available from academic studies carried out in the UK and internationally that preventative measures introduced to restrict access do have a “positive effect”.
The proposals have been recommended for conditional approval at next week’s planning development management committee.
In their report, officers said: “It is considered that the simple, contemporary, minimalist design minimises the impact on the character and setting of the listed Union Bridge.
“The impact of the safety measures is justified by the benefits to the community, as evidenced by the submissions from police Scotland and other specialists.”
A previous identical application was rejected by councillors last year as they said the design would be “out of keeping” with the character and setting of the bridge.
The City Centre Community Council has objected to the plans on the basis of its design, which has not changed since first put forward in 2013.
Historic Environment Scotland has not objected to the move as they say its contemporary design “provides a clear distinction” between the historic bridge and the proposed barrier.
Councillors will vote on the proposals next Thursday.