|The fantastic new plans for Union Terrace Gardens|
|The imperious Sir Ian Wood - yes Aberdeen is his!|
I watched the video on the STV News website. It was breathtaking. Not only do we have a plan and political support but Sir Ian Wood actually appears on the video together with John Halliday of Halliday Fraser Munro.
|Sir John Halliday of Halliday Fraser Munro - one of the top architects in the world|
He is acknowledged to be Scotland's leading architect and is sought after across the world for his cutting edge designs and his willingness to bend right over the drawing board to satisfy developers and their commercial requirements! Rather like Keppies who are another favourite of mine! I'll tell you this - when I saw him in the flesh on video I was completely overcome! When I saw the colossus that is Sir Ian Wood actually moving close to the Gardens I almost passed out! The staff here at Auchterness had to help me to my car - the tears were gushing like a tap with a burst washer.
It's so frustrating being a spectator on these world shaking events. I know that I am no more than a plook on John Halliday's backside (if you pardon my French) but I'm sure I can help to make this happen. Sir John talked today about grasping the nettle - you know, he was talking about the current state of the gardens wasn't he? A wilderness of weeds, sheep-shaggers, single parents and the few unemployed to be found in the dynamo of the Scottish economy which is Aberdeen. Last time I was there I saw a woman pushing a pram with a dog in it - I'm sorry but yes it is as bad as that. So the sooner Transformational Change comes the better it will be for everyone.
I am confident that this excellent project will proceed unmolested and my hearty congratulations go out to everyone involved. It is really Scotland's project and should be accorded the highest priority.