Aberdeen City Council chiefs have reassured the public that barriers on a Union Terrace Gardens (UTG) walkway were designed with safety in mind.
Concerns were raised after fencing on the raised pathway leading down from Union Street was compared to nearby Union Bridge.
Elements were added to increase the height of those barriers last year, in an effort to reduce the suicide risk.
That move came after years of discussion about mental health in Aberdeen, with the bridge acting as a focal point for protestors.
However, the yet-to-open railing on the walkway beside the Union Street Pavilion is not as tall.
And while the section above the largest drop is raised higher than the rest, some unease was still reported.
‘Many people’ concerned about barriers
SNP councillor Donna Clark brought up UTG barrier safety at a meeting of the capital committee, after Private Eye claimed the walkway was “relying on low balustrades to protect users”.
She said: “I’ve had many people approach me with concerns about the height and the safety of the barriers of the walkway at Union Terrace Gardens, at the junction with Union Street.
“I would appreciate it if you could give us some assurances that these barriers have been designed to ensure public safety.”
Chief capital officer John Wilson responded: “I can give you that assurance.
“The barrier itself has been designed and constructed in accordance with the design standards of the day.”
Councillor Christian Allard, the committee’s convener, added: “I know a lot of people were worrying about that.
“So it’s good to have reassurance today.”
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