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Calls for review of one-way traffic proposals in Inverness

By Val Sweeney

Community leaders in an Inverness neighbourhood are calling for a review of plans to introduce one-way traffic by the River Ness.

Members of Ballifeary Community Council maintain local residents were not fully consulted over the proposed Riverside Way project featuring a one-way system along Ness Walk with a cycle contraflow.

The plans could lead to traffic problems in Ballifeary.
The plans could lead to traffic problems in Ballifeary.

The Inverness Area Committee approved the project in November but local concerns remain, according to community councillor Helen Smith.

“We are still trying to see if that decision can be reviewed,” she said. “We are still of the view the initial consultation was not carried out properly and the views of the locals were not considered in the consultation process.”

Mrs Smith said a stakeholder group, including businesses and organisations, had been formed to put forward views but it did not include local residents or the community council.

“We feel the committee didn’t get the full picture in the report which went in front of them,” she said. “As a result, there was no proper consideration of all the potential problems on making the riverside one-way.”

Concerns included increased traffic due to motorists trying to avoid Glenurquhart Road plus problems for residents and motorists accessing places such as the Royal Northern Infirmary, UHI offices and Riverside Medical Centre.

“As far as we are concerned, we are still actively opposing it,” she said.

She urged people to attend two drop-in consultation events tomorrow for Inverness West residents

The events will invite feedback on what people feel the main priorities should be in the ward over the next two or three years.

Views will also be sought on the Riverside Way project, pedestrian crossings over the A82, parking and the forthcoming West Link phase two.

Ward councillors Bill Boyd, Alex Graham and Graham Ross hope individuals and groups will go along.

“We had a great response last year to our ward priority list and members of the community engaged very constructively in telling us about different issues and concerns, and suggesting how problems can be tackled,” Cllr Ross said.

“We look forward to sharing the progress made and to hearing of any fresh priorities for the ward.”

The first event is from 1pm-3pm at the Bught Stop and the next from 6pm-8pm in Charleston Academy.

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