Wall that sparked Aberdeen political row has now been demolished

Ongoing work to repair Wellington Brae.
Ongoing work to repair Wellington Brae.

A historic wall which sparked a political row in Aberdeen has now been demolished by workmen.

The cycle path project at Wellington Brae in Ferryhill was allocated more than £200,000 of public money but was never brought to a council committee for approval.

But the scheme – by publicly-funded cycling charity Sustrans – was stopped when it emerged that former city council finance convener Willie Young had been asked by council officers to approve the works which are on land owned by his father.

Mr Young has always denied any wrongdoing and said council officers had wrongly identified him as the landowner.

Work has now restarted on the scheme and a number of trees have been chopped down and the historic retaining wall demolished.

A report into the circumstances of the contract is set to be published in September.

A Sustrans Scotland spokeswoman said: “Following committee approval for the works, contractors restarted on site on June 19 and are scheduled to finish on July 31.

“As per the approved structural designs and the recent letter sent to all local residents by Aberdeen City Council, the original failed retaining wall is being dismantled.

“Piling works are being carried out to stabilise the slope and then a new concrete and stone retaining wall will be constructed to the approved design, prior to resurfacing the path.”

SNP group leader Stephen Flynn said: “Folk will be happy to see that work is well under way, because this is a key piece of infrastructure in our city. However, we have been consistent in our view that the council should seek to recover costs for this work from the landowner.”

Mr Young has previously indicated he will not comment on the works until a council report is released in September.