Union Terrace Gardens debate

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Aberdeen businessman Sir Ian Wood has urged local residents to support plans for a new city centre. Sir Ian has pledged £50m of his own money towards the controversial project, even more if costs overrun.

A referendum is under way on the future of the city's iconic Union Terrace Gardens. Those fighting to save them say Sir Ian is threatening to destroy Aberdeen's heritage.

But Sir Ian says any rejection of the proposals would be viewed by many as an "extraordinarily strange decision".

Those for and against took part in a BBC debate on Thursday 16 February in Aberdeen's Queen's Cross Church on the day the referendum began.

The debate was hosted by BBC Scotland's Steven Duff.