Police advise CCTV to prevent planned Aberdeen pub impacting crime

A controversial planning application has the potential to change the crime rate in Old Aberdeen, police have said.

A planning bid was submitted by two students of the University of Aberdeen last month to convert an unused residential property on High Street into a student pub, to be called the IVY bar.

The application has drawn a large amount of support as well as objections, with students, people in the local community and university staff all making their views known.

Police Scotland has also been consulted about the proposal.

The force’s architectural liaison officer Robert McKinney said: “The general location is currently a fairly low crime area very close to the University of Aberdeen.

“The types of crime which have been reported over the last few months in this area revolve generally around thefts of bicycles, thefts from motor vehicles, thefts by shoplifting at nearby premises and vandalism to parked motor vehicles – none of which has a direct bearing on the premises proposed for this location.

“However, it should also be borne in mind that this proposal, if it is completed, has the potential to change the crime profile of this area if left unchecked through an increase in antisocial behaviour and public disorder.”

In order to guard against a potential rise in crime, Mr McKinney suggests that appropriate CCTV would have to be installed.

The cameras should be both in and outside the building to promote the feeling of a safe and welcoming environment.

Police Scotland also suggested considering noise control measures in the outdoor drinking area.

One of the students behind the plan, Juliusz Matraszek, said: “We are taking every care to consider the noise impact on the surrounding area and residents.

“Both properties neighbouring the house are non-residential.”

He said the walls bordering the outdoor seating area are both more than four metres high, adding: “Therefore noise pollution, certainly from the outdoor area and inside the bar, would have to travel a significant distance before reaching residents.”