Picnic protest held over gardens plans

PROTESTERS staged a mass picnic as part of a campaign against controversial plans to radically alter a city centre landmark.

More than 300 people spent yesterday afternoon in Union Terrace Gardens, Aberdeen, which could be raised to street level and built over as part of multi-million-pound proposals backed by the city council.

Friends of Union Terrace want to protect the Victorian green space, which local oil tycoon Sir Ian Wood wants to redevelop.

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Last month councillors voted 20 to seven for the 140 million "city square" project, which includes a 50m donation from Wood.

Campaigner Vicky Rider, 31, from Aberdeen, said: "A lot of people didn't think the council would vote as it did. We're all going to have to pay for this. What will people think of having a big building site in the middle of town?"