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Disused Daviot tourist site set for regeneration

By Donald Wilson

Daviot centre
Daviot centre

A FORMER Culloden Academy pupil who has set up his own care business is to bring new life back to a former tourist office on the A9 just south of Inverness.

Tim Cocking (33) hopes to create up to 50 new jobs in the care sector and is looking for an operator to run a restaurant/café type business from the former Visit Scotland office at Daviot.

Formerly known as the Daviot Woods picnic site he is renaming it the ‘North Gateway’.

“It’s right off the A9 and a perfect location for travellers passing through Inverness perhaps going to do the North Coast 500,” said Mr Cocking who left Culloden when he was 19 with his family to live in Edinburgh.

“I’ve seen the building when I’m visiting the north and it’s been looking rather sad and dilapidated and I thought there was something I could do with it.”

Mr Cocking’s Edinburgh-based company Brightcare has now applied to Highland Council for permission to change the use of the building to incorporate restaurant and retail facilities.

“There once were public toilets there and it’s my intention to reinstate these once we have a thriving business on the site.”

His company Brightcare provides private home care for private clients looking for an alternative to residential care and already employs six people in the Highlands.

“We have our HQ in Edinburgh and employ 250 people Scotland-wide and six of these jobs are in the Inverness area. But it is our intention to grow that business to about 50 jobs in the next few years.

“The building at Daviot would also have an office for Brightcare. It’s a well known building, bigger than we need for an office and there is space for both operations.

“I have already had expressions of interest from restaurant operators and a dog grooming business which would fit in well to because it is a popular area for people walking their dogs.”

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