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Love tokens to be removed from historic Inverness bridges

By Val Sweeney

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Padlocks are to be removed from the Greig Street Bridge.
Padlocks are to be removed from the Greig Street Bridge.

PADLOCKS – or so-called 'love locks' – are to be removed from two pedestrian bridges in Inverness.

Highland Council has announced it will remove the padlocks and any other attachments from the Infirmary and Greig Street footbridges

Although they are attached by couples to symbolise unbreakable love, council representatives say they detract from the historic nature of the bridges as well as causing paint damage and encouraging rust spots.

"There have also been incidents of pedestrians and cyclists catching clothing on them whilst passing each other," a spokesman said.

"The council will retain any padlocks removed for four weeks, after which time they will be disposed of. The council asks that people refrain from placing padlocks on these or any other assets to help reduce ongoing maintenance costs.

Padlocks can be retrieved by their owners now or collected from the Diriebught depot after the council removes them. Anyone with any queries should contact the council through the call centre on 01349 886601 or through the website www.highland.gov.uk.

Are you about to lose a love token from the bridge? Let us know by emailing newsdesk@spp-group.com

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