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Public hearing into waste centre in Aberdeen held

Image caption Local people have been protesting about the waste recycling centre plans

A public hearing into controversial plans for a waste recycling centre near one of Aberdeen's most popular parks has been held.

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

Critics have said it could create traffic, noise and smells, and affect the Piper Alpha memorial.

A council site visit was held ahead of the public hearing.

Councillors earlier agreed to defer a decision until after a hearing, on advice from planners.

About 150 people took part in a protest march over the plans in September.

Hazlehead Park is home to a memorial garden and statue for the Piper Alpha North Sea platform disaster, which led to the deaths of 167 men in 1988.

There were 61 survivors.

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