Aberdeen councillors have backed plans for the demolition of the city's Union Terrace Gardens and its replacement with a car park / shopping precinct. The scheme has been effectively bought by oil plutocrats, principally Sir Ian Wood who has thrown in 50 million. "During the meeting, Provost Peter Stephen read an extract from a letter submitted by Malcolm Webb, the chief executive of industry body Oil and Gas UK. Mr Webb said that if the council voted against the civic square proposal "it risks sending out the message that Aberdeen is not open to improvement and change and lacks vision for the future.""
No horses were beheaded prior to the council meeting.