Published: 08/07/2017 17:00 - Updated: 07/07/2017 15:29

Travellers' arrival prompts fears for Bryan Adams gig set-up

Written byNeil MacPhail

 

Travellers have set up camp at Bught Park.
Travellers have set up camp at Bught Park.

AN unauthorised travellers’ camp in Inverness’s Bught Park has sparked concerns for Highland Council that it might get in the way of arrangements for the Bryan Adams concert and Highland Games next weekend.

The caravans have been pitched on grass adjacent to the Bught Stadium pitch, where the Highland games will be held on Saturday, August 15, with the Bryan Adams concert the following day. Immediately through the fence from the vans is the south end shinty goal of Bught Stadium.

The group of three caravans set up camp this week and a woman in one of them said they had hoped to stay for a week.

She added: "I don’t know what is happening. People came and told us that there was a concert and they wanted to know when we were moving on. My husband spoke to them." The woman, who said they were from the Midlands, said it was really difficult finding suitable sites in the area.

Yesterday additional security fencing was being delivered at the Bught prior to installation for the Highland games and Adams concert.

Highland Council said it owns the land but it is managed by the leisure company High Life Highland.

The spokeswoman added: "High Life Highland and Highland Council are aware. Staff are liaising with the people involved and progressing Highland Council’s policy on managing unauthorised camping."

She could not say if this involved the travellers agreeing to move out on a specific date.

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