A family fun event which was cancelled by Aberdeen City Council at the last minute has cost the public purse more than £18,000.
In Town Without My Car Day, which was scheduled to take place on Sunday, September 16, was called off just hours before it was due to start because of “persistent gusting winds”.
Union Street, Belmont Street, Gaelic Lane and Little Belmont Street had all been shut off to traffic on the morning of the environmentally-friendly event before it was cancelled.
The day was designed to highlight the benefits of walking, cycling, or taking the bus into the city centre and encouraging people to leave their car at home.
Many members of the public had already made their way into Aberdeen to enjoy the celebrations by the time it was scrapped.
Among the planned attractions was a zip wire down Union Street, a bootcamp, face painting, and a bungee run.
Although harsh weather did sweep through the city later in the day, the weather was relatively calm in the morning, and many people who had made the trip to take part expressed their anger on social media at the time.
One of the key reasons the council decided to pull the plug was safety fears over inflatable obstacles that were included In the event.
Concerns were raised that high winds could cause them to take off and potentially cause damage.
A spokesman for Aberdeen City Council said: “It is unfortunate that we had to cancel this fantastic event.
“However, the safety of our citizens and visitors is of paramount importance, and given the forecast adverse weather, we had no other option but to cancel the event in order to ensure that people were safe from possible harm.”