Fresh hold-up for tours plan
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WHYTE'S Coaches, Newmachar, who hope to operate tours of one day and longer from Aberdeen, had their application continued by the Traffic Commissioners for a second time.
And the decision means that, even if the application for the tours is given the green light, it will come too late to allow the firm to operate this season.
Two month's ago, Whyte's applied for permission to run tours from Shiprow. But at that time, the hearing was adjourned because of a legal complication. And on July 20, the application was considered, again, by the commissioners — only to be put back to a later date.
Barred from the coach stand at Shiprow — because they are not members of Aberdeen Charabanc Owners' Association — Whyte's looked for and obtained an alternative — the lower part of the ABC car park. The cinema has given permission for its use, and the police have no objections.
But, because this would mean a material change in use, the Charabanc Association, through the agent, Mr Harry Connachie, claimed that it should have been passed by the district authority before being presented to the commissioners.
After hearing evidence from Mr Whyte, a senior partner in Whyte's Coaches, and Mr Derek Stuart, traffic manager for W. Alexander & Sons (Northern) Ltd, the commissioner decided that this should be done.
Mr Stuart, however, claimed, that the number of people going on coach tours was decreasing steadily.
In 1976, tours operated by W. Alexander & Sons (Northern) Ltd, ran with 21 per cent seats empty. This year the figure had jumped to almost 28 per cent — despite a cutback in the number of buses running.