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Annie Lennox takes a pop at Aberdeen City Gardens

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June 14 2012

Annie Lennox takes a pop at Aberdeen City Gardens
Pop star Annie Lennox, a vocal critic of plans to remodel Aberdeen’s Union Terrace Gardens, has launched a fresh attack on the project, describing it as a “dogs dinner of crap concrete”.

The singer made the colourful remark following a brief foray north to her former home town – only to be appalled by the “weeds, broken windows, dereliction and crappy shop front facades” which greeted her.

Turning her ire to the Diller Scofodio & Renfro and Keppie Design proposal, which some hail as a solution to these ills, Lennox added: “Another dog’s dinner of crap concrete development, ravaging the only authentic, historical green space in the city centre is not the solution to the challenge of re-energising and revitalising Aberdeen.”

In a more considered piece for the guardian Lennox later explained: “I have nothing whatsoever against modern architecture, but when it is cheap and crappy you usually look back at it in a few years’ time and say: ‘What a monstrosity.’

“I don't have a great respect for the aesthetic values or vision of city planners or city councilors; I don't think that they've often got it right. Building a concrete piazza across Union Terrace Gardens, in a city that knows rain very well, I don't quite get that.”

Lennox went on to stress that it was up to the citizens of Aberdeen to decide their gardens fate, even though they had already given their approval in a referendum.

Yet another final decision on whether to progress the scheme will be taken on August 22 after the new Labour council voted to hold a free vote on the scheme.

Lennox launched a similar tirade against the scheme back in 2010.
cash strapped Aberdeen City Council had been proposing to take out a £92m TIF loan to finance a funding shortfall
cash strapped Aberdeen City Council had been proposing to take out a £92m TIF loan to finance a funding shortfall

8 Comments

Brian
#1 Posted by Brian on 14 Jun 2012 at 12:37 PM
I agree with her .
dadjoke
#2 Posted by dadjoke on 14 Jun 2012 at 14:01 PM
I'm also appalled at all the broken shop windows in Aberdeen- I really hate 'Walking on Broken Glass'!
Big Chantelle's maw fae bishopbriggs
#3 Posted by Big Chantelle's maw fae bishopbriggs on 14 Jun 2012 at 22:42 PM
@dadjoke

Indeed. And I hate all the weeds in the terrace gardens. They're a real 'thorn in my side'.
Jimbob Tanktop
#4 Posted by Jimbob Tanktop on 15 Jun 2012 at 02:48 AM
She's got a point. Every time I'm in Aberdeen I look up and think 'Here Comes The Rain Again'.
Lennie Annox
#5 Posted by Lennie Annox on 15 Jun 2012 at 10:26 AM
Carefully selected images there Mr Glenday.
Don Diamante
#6 Posted by Don Diamante on 18 Jun 2012 at 15:54 PM
"Building a concrete piazza across Union Terrace Gardens [..]"

And there ends the credibility of any criticism you wish to place.
At least look at the proposals before 'broad brushing' your opinion, Ms Lennox.

"Would I lie to you"?, well yes I think you might.

Thanx, DD
Frank Lloyd Wrong
#7 Posted by Frank Lloyd Wrong on 21 Jun 2012 at 11:42 AM
Come on Annie

Sir Ian's made a very generous offer which will be unmatched by anything anyone else will offer.

I'd go as far as saying that "There Must Be An Angel, Paying For Yer Park".
James Riddell
#8 Posted by James Riddell on 21 Jun 2012 at 20:36 PM
‘What a monstrosity.’ ..... It's Alright !

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