Campaigning organisations confirmed for Union Terrace Gardens referendum

The campaigning organisations for the referendum for the proposed development of Aberdeen’s Union Terrace Gardens have been confirmed by independent Counting Officer Crawford Langley.

A total of 10 campaigning organisations had submitted valid applications by the deadline time of 5pm on Friday [13 January].

Seven groups are in favour of retaining Union Terrace Gardens. They are:

•Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire Green Party
•Aberdeen Against Austerity
•Aberdeen City Youth Council
•Business Addressing Developing Gardens Economic Reasoning (BADGER)
•Friends of Union Terrace Gardens
•Gardens Democracy Economy and Ecology Watch
•Labour Group Aberdeen City Council

Three groups are in favour of development. They are:

•Aberdeen City Gardens Trust
•Aberdeen City Centre Association (ACCA)
•Just Imagine!

The referendum will be held on Thursday 01 March 2012 to decide the question:

You are being asked to choose between retaining Union Terrace Gardens or replacing them with the proposed City Garden Project design. Which option do you support?

Retaining Union Terrace Gardens

The City Garden Project design

Voting packs will be issued around 16 February 2012 with papers for counting returned to the Counting Officer no later than 5pm on Thursday 01 March 2012. Voting packs will be sent to voters at their address as listed on the Register of Electors except where they have requested a different delivery address for postal votes. The voting packs will include details on how to vote electronically.

Councillors voted in favour of holding a referendum as a means of gauging the level of public support for the proposed City Garden Project at full council on Wednesday, 14 December.