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Aberdeen gardens plan is debated

17 February 2012 Last updated at 15:30 GMT

Aberdeen entrepreneur Sir Ian Wood has told a BBC debate that a radical redevelopment of the centre of his native city is vital for its long-term future.

He said it would be viewed as "extraordinarily strange" if a public referendum rejected his vision of a new city gardens.

Opponents fighting to keep the existing gardens say the proposal threatens to destroy Aberdeen's heritage.