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Highland Council reveals building work on three Inverness artworks has been stalled – including My Ness


By Andrew Dixon


An artist's impression of the My Ness project near Bught Park.
An artist's impression of the My Ness project near Bught Park.

THERE will be no construction of a controversial city artwork for at least six weeks, Highland Council has just announced.

Inverness councillors will get a chance to debate the My Ness artwork planned for opposite banks of the river, close to Ness Islands, prior to any building work getting under way.

The local authority has also stalled the planned construction of a children's water feature in the Ness Islands and a viewing platform in Bank Street.

An artist's impression of the children's water feature at Ness Islands.
An artist's impression of the children's water feature at Ness Islands.

It was previously reported how six Inverness councillors successfully lobbied for a meeting to be held over the My Ness artwork.

Under council regulations, that meeting should have happened within two weeks of asking, but as the council started its summer recess last week, that deadline was not met.

A council spokeswoman said today: "Discussions have been taking place as to the best timing for this meeting to allow maximum transparency.

"Normally, a requisitioned committee would take place within 14 days, however it has been agreed with the member who made the request, that the meeting will be held on August 20, after the school holidays when many members and families are away.

"In the meantime, no building work for any of the three remaining projects will progress."

An artist's impression of the platform for Bank Street.
An artist's impression of the platform for Bank Street.

My Ness is subject to ongoing tender negotiations to identify a suitable contractor.

Councillor Ron MacWilliam has been leading calls for a public debate since the My Ness project was granted planning permission by council officers using delegated powers earlier this year.



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