INVERNESS bakers strongly opposed contentious proposals for a new bakery to be built in the Longman Industrial Estate.
But despite their protests, Inverness Town Council gave the go-ahead for the £12,500 factory at a special meeting in August.
The application was submitted by Scottish Industrial Estates acting on behalf of the Board of Trade with the Balmoral Confectionery Company (Inverness) lined up to be the tenant.
Concerns were raised by the Inverness division of the Scottish Association of Master Bakers who argued public money should be used to provide employment in trades and industries in which there was unemployment and where there would be no unfair competition with existing local industries.
They said there was 100 per cent baker employment in Inverness while across the whole of Scotland there was only one unemployed journeyman baker. They believed the new factory would obtain employment at the expense of the existing 12 Inverness bakers and four in Nairn.
But during a two-hour meeting with objectors, the board stood by its proposals stating that initially only three skilled men and a small number of unskilled men would be employed at the new factory and that the prospect of more jobs in the future justified the project.