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Ness Islands and Market Brae Steps in Inverness remain closed due to safety concerns

By Louise Glen

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Highland Council has confirmed that the Ness Islands and Market Brae Steps in the city centre will remain closed until inspections have taken place.

Ness Islands were closed yesterday over concerns of flooding, and people were asked to avoid the area.

Stone masonry that fell from a chimney above Charlotte Smith Boutique will see the Market Brae Steps closed to the public until an assessment is made later today.

Ness Islands is closed.
Ness Islands is closed.

A scaffolding is due to be erected today at Market Brae Steps to remove a chimney.

A Highland Council spokesman said: "The owner of the shop [where the masonry has fallen] has been contacted and is expected to erect scaffolding today and have the chimney removed as it is no longer used.

"We will have to wait to see if that happens today – before deciding to reopen Market Brae steps."

The spokesman said Ness Islands would remain closed today, but council officers were making a daily check of the flooding in order to have them reopened as soon as possible.

He said: "Ness Islands are still closed, although being monitored every day, it might be Saturday before they open but we will open them as soon as we can."

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