Aberdonians have raised safety fears about a new boardwalk planned as part of the multi-million-pound beach facelift.

Detailed proposals will now take into account concerns such as the potential suicide risk which has been flagged up by members of the public.

The issue came up as residents took part in a consultation on the plans to redevelop the beach.

The proposed centrepiece would extend the promenade out over the sand in front of the Beach Ballroom.

The Press & Journal says officials alluded to worries raised about the pier in December, but this is the first time the mental-health risk has been directly addressed.

At the end of last year, planners promised to continue engaging with beach users and organisations including the Aberdeen Water Safety Group on the scheme.


Commissioning director Gale Beattie said: “Any future proposals for the boardwalk, where it may project over the beach or water, will need to be designed with awareness of locations of concern for suicide risk.”

Specialist advice will be taken on the health and safety and security of the structure, as well as its impact on the coastal ecosystem and flood risk, planners said.

Concerns have also been raised about safety during inclement weather and big waves.

In response to those points, the pier will be “robust and suitable for harsh marine environments, in line with relevant building standards and regulations”.

Planners also said it would slope up as it heads out towards the sea.

The boardwalk is part of a £150million refresh of the city centre masterplan, which now is also to map out a new-look beachfront.

More than 700 people gave input on the beachfront development framework, with 55% of those “generally supportive” compared to 21% who were not.

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