A survey of IoD members and guests in the Aberdeen area has demonstrated strong support for the City Garden proposal.
Asked whether they preferred the City Garden Granite Web proposal, or the retention of the existing Union Terrace Gardens, 87% of those who took part in the survey voted for the City Garden.
Support was even stronger when the members and guests were asked if they supported the £182 million city centre investment package, which is tied into a positive vote for the City Garden. This received a 90% yes vote with 5% ‘no’ and 5% ‘undecided’.
Commenting on the vote, Ken McEwen, Chairman of IoD Aberdeen, said:
“This is a strong vote in favour of both the City Garden project and the proposed £182 million investment in Aberdeen city centre.
“I believe it demonstrates that many of our members and guests have grasped the reality of this situation. Not only are they keen to see the creation of the City Garden, but they have also recognised that the funding for other key city centre projects depends on a positive vote and that investment is important for the economic future of our city.
“Aberdeen City Council has made it quite clear that the City Garden Project is part of a £182 million package of investment in Aberdeen city centre projects, which also includes clearing the St Nicholas House site, improvements at Northern Denburn, the public realm and the extension and improvements Aberdeen Art Gallery.
“Aberdeen has had to watch as other cities have seen the benefits of investment in their city centre projects. A good example is the Dundee Waterfront and the V&A museum. The comments submitted with the survey make it clear that people feel this is Aberdeen’s turn and we must not lose this opportunity.”