Trees and a garden island removed for a major Aberdeen event will not be permanently reinstated under proposals by the council.
Prior to the first Great Aberdeen Run last August, trees were removed between Don Street and Cheyne Road by Aberdeen City Council to accommodate runners on the route.
The site acted as a barrier to driving between the streets and angry residents are calling for its reinstatement amid claims that cars have been driving over the site since the plants were removed.
But Aberdeen City Council has recommended the area not be permanently reinstated until the contract for the run is complete, after concerns were raised by SNP councillor for the area Alex McLellan.
A report by Vycki Ritson, team leader of traffic management and road safety, said the council has entered into a contract with the Great Run Company to operate the event for a three-year period, which “could be extended” if the run is shown to be of value to the city.
It added: “Don Street at Cheyne Road has not been incorporated into the route this year however it may be next year.
“In view of the potential for Don Street to return to future run routes, it is not practical to reinstate a permanent solution at the Don Street at Cheyne Road location, at this time.”
The original island was constructed of granite kerbing, with a triple band of granite setts and bollards, featuring established trees and shrubs.
The replacement island is formed in rubberised kerbing with reflective bollards, planters containing shrubs and bedding plants, and a new semi-mature tree.
Officers estimate the cost of fully reinstating the area back to how it was would cost about £10,000.
Members of the local authority’s operational delivery committee will be asked to approve the move when they meet on Thursday.