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Aberdeen travellers' site site plan set to be dropped

Howes Road
Image caption Howes Road had been selected as a site

Plans for a controversial new permanent halting site for travellers in Aberdeen are set to be dropped, BBC Scotland has learned.

The council had identified Howes Road, between Northfield and Bucksburn, as the preferred location.

The site is included as a travellers camp in the local development plan which will be discussed next week.

The ruling Labour-run administration amendment will go to the communities, housing and infrastructure committee.

It calls for the Howes Road proposals to be dropped.

Committee convenor Neil Cooney said people in the area had complained "bitterly" about the plan, and added no new permanent site could be identified until a by-law banning unauthorised encampments was introduced.

However, the SNP's Callum McCaig said the suggestion of a by-law had always been a "gimmick" and was not necessary.

Howes Road was last year chosen over three other possible sites at Blackdog, Scotstown Road recycling centre, and the former council depot at Springhill Road.

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