Businesses on The Green have branded stairs leading into the area a “total mess”.
Their claims came after a man was taken to hospital with serious head injuries in the early hours of yesterday morning after an apparent fall.
Businesses in the area have said that it is not the first time that someone has fallen down the stairs, and have called for something to be done about the problem, which they say is a historic one.
Jenny McLennan, barmaid at The Old King’s Highway, said: “He’s not the first person, there was a guy about six months ago.
“They are just a mess. You have always got to have your wits about you going up or down them. They need substantial repairs.
“That time someone else fell down them we had to get him an ambulance.”
Other shop owners said they had also seen people injured after falls.
Ivor Smith, manager at Kenny’s Music, said: “They are a total mess. I have seen several people take a fall.
“If they put a cover on them it would stop deterioration. It could be like the one outside the Trinity Centre.”
He added that it might be something that businesses in the area would realistically be prepared to chip in for, if funding such a project would be a problem.
Leanne Nicol, manager at Bistro Verde, said: “I have seen a woman fall before, but that’s about it. I wouldn’t use the stairs personally.”
She added: “They could be improved for older people who go down them.”
One of the ideas which was mentioned was installing an outdoor escalator, with a covered area to prevent it from declining.
Andrew Goodenough, director at Contour Cafe, said: “They should put in an outside escalator with a cover. They do it in other cities. No one comes down them in the winter, it’s too slippy, and it’s even slippy in the summer months, especially in the rain.
“I have fallen down them myself before, and I have seen lots of people fall down.”
An Aberdeen City Council spokeswoman said: “It would be inappropriate to comment while Police Scotland’s inquiries are ongoing.”