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Rebecca Buchan: Yet again, it’s one step forward and two steps back for Aberdeen

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What a week it has been for Aberdeen.

While the beach masterplan is now closer to fruition, any chance we had at pedestrianisation of Union Street has been kicked into the long grass. And I’m not going to lie, I’m still struggling to process it.

Almost 140 senior business figures wrote to the council ahead of the big vote. They hoped the project would kickstart regeneration, pleading with the local authority to “transform the heart and fortunes of our city”.

The signatories stressed: “We cannot afford to miss this opportunity to half the further decline of Union Street”, with the risk of more retail exits to come. But their pleas fell on deaf ears.

These business leaders were, predominantly, figureheads of firms that have operated out of Aberdeen for decades. And, in the recent past, chartered surveyors banded together to explain how a traffic ban could help fill up our many empty units.

Yet, when it came to the vote, their voices were largely ignored by the administration.

This was not the first time the council had been begged to see reason by business chiefs on the matter.

The option of pedestrianisation was supported by council officers. They proposed ensuring bus access to each end of Union........

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