Councillors have stopped short of recommending the Viking Bus Station waiting room and freight centre be closed.
Instead they agreed the market should be tested to see whether the much-valued resource might be taken on by someone outside the SIC.
Members of this afternoon’s special environment and transport committee rubbished a report urging the council shut down the service.
Following its recommendation to close the waiting room and relocate the freight centre to the SIC’s Gremista depot could have saved the council £80,000. But councillors made clear during an hour-long debate that they were reluctant to close it without carrying out more effective consultation.
There had been widespread opposition since the news broke that the waiting room might be closed. A group was set up on Facebook and an online petition was started which gathered more than 500 signatures in less than a week.
Committee chairman Allan Wishart recommended councillors hold off making a decision. He moved the decision be deferred so questions could be answered, and that a change of use could be sought for food or other retail use.
He urged the building be offered for sale or lease to test the market and, in the meantime, remain open.