Referendum on future of Union Terrace Gardens

Notice of Referendum for proposed City Garden Project published by Counting Officer


The Notice of Referendum for the proposed development of Aberdeen’s Union Terrace Gardens has been published today [15 December] by independent Counting Officer Crawford Langley.

It states that a 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

The Notice further states that the referendum will be conducted on an all postal basis. 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. A facility to vote electronically might be provided and if this is the case the relevant information will be contained within the voting pack.

According to the Notice, those entitled to vote at the referendum will be those listed in the Electoral Register as Local Government electors at a qualifying address within the City of Aberdeen and will have attained the age of 18 on or before 30 November 2012. Qualified voters who are not yet on the Electoral Register and who wish to vote in the Referendum must apply to the Electoral Registration Officer at Woodhill House, Westburn Road, Aberdeen AB16 5GE. Applications must arrive no later than 5pm on Tuesday 10 January 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. No arrangements for voting by proxy will be made for this Referendum. Where a voter wishes a voting pack to be sent to an address other than his/her qualifying address an application should be made to the Electoral Registration Officer at the above address, no later than Tuesday 10 January 2012.

Electoral Registration application forms are available from the Electoral Registration Officer at the above address, by e-mailing or from

Applications forms to register as a Campaigning Organisation can be obtained from the Counting Officer by writing to Counting Officer, 3rd Floor, Town House, Broad Street, Aberdeen AB10 1FY, telephone 01224 522713 or e-mail .Completed applications must be received by 5pm on Friday 13 January 2012. Campaigning Organisations must complete a registration form which requires the signature of 20 people registered as Local Government electors within Aberdeen City. Successful applicants will be entitled to a 300 word submission within the postal ballot pack to be sent to all electors and an allocated attendance at the counting of votes. Where it appears to the Counting Officer that a number of prospective campaigning organisations represent substantially the same interest, he reserves the right to limit the number of statements enclosed with the voting pack.

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 Wednesday’s [14 December] meeting of Full Council.