Evolving towns

Those taking part in the present stooshie about plans for the Union Terrace Gardens in Aberdeen (Morag Morrell, Letters, 24 August) should be taking a longer view of things.

Almost certainly large-scale town centre shops are going to disappear, and no amount of public money spent on face-lifts for those areas can save them.

For the vast majority of shoppers, the out-of-town retail parks have seen them off, just as internet shopping is already making serious inroads into the retail parks’ share of the market.

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Most probably the next stage of evolution is that people are going to live, and work, and eat, and enjoy themselves in those former town-centre shopping areas.

The people of Aberdeen should be planning for that era, not for the one which is already little more than a memory.

Irvine Inglis

Reston

Berwickshire