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River Ness hydro project delays leave fences up in Inverness – Highland Council confirms there was still work to be completed at the site and it is due to open in July


By Ian Duncan


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Duncan Henderson who is unhappy that the fencing at Whin Park which restricts access to the area was still in place.
Duncan Henderson who is unhappy that the fencing at Whin Park which restricts access to the area was still in place.

An Inverness solicitor is shocked that fencing placed around a major green energy project is still in place months after it was supposed to be completed.

Duncan Henderson, who lives in the Bellfield Park area, said that, because it has not been removed, it is restricting access along neighbouring footpaths.

It was originally placed around the River Ness hydro project but Mr Henderson claimed this was completed almost three months ago.

However, a Highland Council spokesman said there was still work to be completed at the site and work on removing some of the fencing has started.

The spokesman said: “Access to the active travel pathway, which begins at Bught Road and continues underneath the Holm Mills bridge, can be obtained through the Whin Park car park – this was the original access point. The perimeter fencing was removed from this access point week commencing April 25.”

He said the immediate site still had a perimeter fence surrounding it as construction work was in fact not complete. “The project has been exposed to global supply chain issues which have regrettably elongated the completion date,” he added.

The scheme is planned to open in July after which the remaining fencing will be removed.


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