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Aberdeen waste plant plans: Protest march held

Image caption Schoolchildren were among those on the march

About 150 people have taken part in a protest march over controversial plans for a waste recycling plant next to one of Aberdeen's most popular parks.

Waste firm SITA has applied for planning permission for the recycling centre on the former Grove Nursery site beside Hazlehead Park.

There are concerns the plant could create traffic, noise and smells, and affect the nearby Piper Alpha memorial.

Schoolchildren were among those on Thursday's march from 15:00.

A total of 167 men died in the Piper Alpha North Sea platform disaster on 6 July, 1988. There were 61 survivors.

Hazlehead Park is home to a memorial garden and statue.

A city council spokesperson earlier said a recycling centre was badly needed in the west of the city, and that the Grove Nursery site was agreed last year to be the most suitable by the housing and environment committee.

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