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Highland Council to leave Inverness Town House after 140 years to save £370,000

By Scott Maclennan

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Inverness Town House. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Inverness Town House. Picture: James Mackenzie.

Highland Council has formally agreed to permanently move out of the Inverness Town House after 140 years.

The departure is scheduled for next April – which was questioned by some members – when 100 staff members will move to council HQ.

The proposals were developed after long consideration at the local authority's Redesign Board.

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Councillor Alex Graham called for a pause to properly establish plans to move out of the historic building but was defeated at the vote.

It is expected that by moving out of the home of local government in the city since 1882 a saving of £370,000-a-year can be made – not insignificant in a time of financial crisis for the council.

But that would be a blow to the Inverness Common Good Fund which is the beneficiary of the current arrangement as not only will it lose revenue but would have to pick up the costs of maintaining the building.

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