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Councillors set to demand the local authority to fund the development of a major sports centre in the east of Inverness citing 'the growing demand from people of all ages and abilities'


By Scott Maclennan

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Councillor Ken Gowans.
Councillor Ken Gowans.

Three Inverness councillors are calling for Highland Council to “prioritise and take forward the ambition and provision of a major sports centre on the east of Inverness”.

The Inverness city committee will decide on Thursday whether or not to agree to the motion put forward by Councillor Ken Gowans and supported by councillors Glynis Campbell-Sinclair and Ian Brown.

If agreed, it will force the local authority to recognise “the unprecedented scale of housing developments in the east of Inverness and lack of amenities to serve a growing population”.

The motion asks for agreement to”take forward the ambition and provision of a major sports centre on the east of Inverness, agree to set-up a five-to-seven-member cross-party Inverness East Sports Centre Working Group, with support from officers, to liaise with stakeholders and partners to identify possible locations, range of facilities and to identify and progress funding opportunities.”

It continues that with 5000 new homes planned over the next five years “it has already been acknowledged by this committee and the public, there is a significant absence of indoor public sports facilities in the east of Inverness, to satisfy the growing demand from people of all ages and abilities.

“This committee recognises the need for a major sports centre in the east of Inverness as a key element of any strategic plan for the city. In addition, the committee recognises the very real benefits of establishing a major sports centre in the east of Inverness in terms of building communities and promoting social, cultural capital and wellbeing.”

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