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Sunday 25 June 2017

Lennox opposes City Square project

Annie Lennox has written to Aberdeen councillors opposing City Square project
Annie Lennox has written to Aberdeen councillors opposing City Square project

Singer Annie Lennox has sent a letter to every councillor in Aberdeen urging them to reject controversial plans to redevelop a historic city centre landmark, it has been disclosed.

Lennox, who was born in the city, is opposed to local businessman Sir Ian Wood's vision to radically change Union Terrace Gardens.

He wants to create a street-level square, building over the green space on several levels and connecting it to surrounding roads.

Although offering millions of pounds from his own fortune, Sir Ian's plan would need equally large sums of public money to make it possible.

Ms Lennox said approving Sir Ian's City Square plan would be an "act of civic vandalism" which has been opposed by a majority of citizens.

Opening her letter as a "former resident who maintains strong links to the city", she added: "I urge you then on May l9th to listen to your electorate and reject plans to take the unpopular City Square project any further.

"Over £300,000 of public money has been spent asking the people what they think. They have responded with a resounding 'No' to losing their Gardens, 'No' to spending £90 million of public money on this project in a time of cuts to vital services and 'No' to losing the deliverable and sensitive plans of a new arts centre within the existing Gardens.

The plan is widely supported by the local business community. Sir Ian has claimed it would offer a greater choice of amenities than the arts centre proposal.

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