Sir Ian Wood did not become one of Scotland's leading businessman by going off in a fit of pique whenever his plans went awry.
The oil tycoon offered to help fund a revamp of Aberdeen's Union Terrace Gardens with a £50m donation, but when the plans proved highly divisive and were ultimately rejected by Aberdeen City Council, there were no unseemly histrionics.
Instead of walking away, the businessman has now offered the city council six months to come up with an alternative "revitalising" scheme for the city centre. Good for him. A sensitive development that helped breathe new life back into Union Street in particular might be transformative.
Yet any such scheme must have the backing of the people. Aberdonians, not being known for their flighty and melodramatic natures, will need to be convinced that a redevelopment plan represents the right sort of change, something which was underlined when the City Gardens project was put to a referendum and won public approval only by a small margin.
Whether the council will take up this latest offer remains to be seen, but for any new plan to be a real success, it must carry the support of a strong majority of Aberdonians.
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