“It is well documented that Aberdeen City Council has, to its credit, committed heavily to the city centre, wider city and indeed the regional landscape and much of this investment is now being felt. Our splendid revamped Music Hall, Art Gallery, and office developments are alone testimony to the drive through the city centre masterplan. With work continuing on Schoolhill, the Union Terrace Gardens, and soon on South College Street there is much to be encouraged about."

“However, like elsewhere in the country and further afield, we also understand the very real challenges that our retailers, of all persuasions, face on our high street. Of late, many of them have said that the positive experience of the now pedestrian-friendly Broad Street is one that ought to be replicated on our main thoroughfare of Union Street or at least part of it. Aberdeen Inspired now plans to extend engagement on this with local businesses and other organisations."

“With the AWPR now taking unnecessary journeys out of the city centre and lessening congestion and pollution, now seems the time to seriously consider the opportunities that part pedestrianisation of a stretch of Union Street will offer our businesses and of course the wider north-east public, building on the experiential, in being a destination of choice. This inevitably will come at a cost and we do understand that the council has already committed considerable capital sums to existing Masterplan budgets. With that in mind, we trust that national government will look to support the discussion and consider funding opportunities that bring such a project to life and in early course.”

Neil Hansell, Marks and Spencer Store Manager said: “As the high street is continually evolving and adapting to ongoing challenges, as retailers we want to help shape the change. The proposal we are putting forward really isn’t a new approach, as it is in the city master plan, and we believe that making a small stretch of Union Street pedestrianised would help all business benefit in the city. We are after all one of the only cities with no pedestrianised shopping area. If you look how well the road outside Marischal College works, you can immediately see how it would benefit anyone shopping, working or dining in the city.”