Aberdeen council authorities have performed a dramatic U-turn over changes to a city roundabout deemed a “danger to cyclists”.
Aberdeen City Council had initially claimed there was “no budget” to trim shrubbery in the centre of where Queen’s Road roundabout meets North Anderson Drive.
But yesterday it vowed to undertake “further inspection” of the site.
Residents have been calling for foliage to be cut back at the site “for years” due to visibility difficulties for cyclists and motorists, councillor Martin Grieg said.
The council had told Mr Grieg the cost to remove the bushes and replace it with stone chips would be around £3,000.
He said he was also told that an inspection had been undertaken, with the site designated safe for cyclists.
Mr Greig said: “There are major concerns about the safety of cyclists on Queens Road, especially as it about to have new cycle lanes installed, so they could be at additional risk.
“I understand the budget constraints, but this is a safety priority that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.”
Aberdeen City Council took responsibility for maintaining the area from the Scottish Government two years ago.
An Aberdeen City Council spokeswoman said: “A further inspection will be undertaken by our operations team and if any works are determined necessary to improve safety for cyclists, arrangements will be made for those works to be undertaken as quickly as possible thereafter.”