Fears have been raised that north-east small businesses will pay the price after controversial plans to scrap free parking in north-east towns were approved.
Councillors voted seven to six in favour of stopping the scheme, meaning parking charges will be reintroduced at the five car parks from April 1.
Measures which could be launched in August could see the 30-minute free parking period scrapped in Aberdeenshire in favour of an initial charge of 50p for the first hour, rising to £1 for the second.
Business communities across the north-east have voiced their concern about plans to scrap free car parking in town centres.
A north-east business group has criticised council plans to scrap free parking periods.
Councillors have agreed to review car parking charges across Aberdeenshire.
Free parking on Sundays and not charging drivers for the first 30 minutes are some of the proposals under consideration by a new council administration.
Talks are to be held about the possibility of introducing a free parking system in Aberdeen in an effort to boost business.
Gosh, free parking in the city centre after 5pm, what a brilliant idea to boost the heart of Aberdeen.
A free parking scheme which could be rolled out across Aberdeen has seen more than 11 million visitors attracted to Newcastle city centre.