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The Victorian Market and sports facilities at Inverness Campus will share almost £420,000 of Scottish Government funding

By Scott Maclennan

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Principal and chief executive of UHI Inverness College Chris O'Neill.
Principal and chief executive of UHI Inverness College Chris O'Neill.

The principal of Inverness College UHI has warmly welcomed a major funding boost to deliver sports facilities at the city campus.

It was one of two awards agreed at the Inverness Area Committee from the Scottish Government’s Place Based Investment Programme.

The second was an extra £79,000 in the Victorian Market, Market Hall and Fish Market refurbishment project.

In all £414,499 of government cash was up for grabs from the fund set-up to enable a flexible local response to address the four harms of Covid – health harms; health impacts not directly related to the virus; and societal and economic impacts.

The Place Based Investment Programme allocation for the City of Inverness Area Committee total £640,433.

The lion’s share of £335,499 went to support the Inverness Campus Sports Development project.

Professor Chris O’Neil, Principal and Chief Executive of Inverness College UHI said: “It has been a long-held ambition of the College to bring sports facilities to Inverness Campus and we are proactively working with our partners to deliver this project for our communities.

“An all-weather sports pitch will not only enhance the student experience and make studying in Inverness more attractive, but it will also address a shortage of sports facilities on the east side of the city, enable more partnership working between students and local sporting organisations, and greatly benefit the local community.”

Provost and Leader of Inverness and Area Cllr Helen Carmichael said: “This funding in principle will help to deliver the Victorian Market redevelopment transformational project which aims to attract the best of local food and drink producers to create a vibrant destination within the city centre and will also support the creation of a sports facility at Inverness Campus.”

At the same meeting it was agreed to develop separate proposals for a sports centre in the east of Inverness.

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