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Work still waiting to be completed on former William Hill building in Merkinch, as Highland Council said it is the owners responsibility to ensure the work is completed to the Inverness premises

By Louise Glen

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Old William Hill building on 1A Pumpgate Street, Inverness...Picture: James Mackenzie..
Old William Hill building on 1A Pumpgate Street, Inverness...Picture: James Mackenzie..

Highland Council has said it is still waiting for repair work to be completed on a prominent city building.

The building on Pumpgate Street/ Grant Street in Merkinch, is still shored up by scaffolding – 11 months after a car crashed into it.

After the incident the local authority stepped in to rehome a number of residents living in flats there and made the building safe, but it is for the property’s owners to carry out further repairs.

A council spokeswoman said: “The building was handed back to the owners at the end of February 2021 after emergency works were carried out by the council to make it structurally safe. They and their insurers have the responsibility to carry out the necessary works to repair the building.”

She added that the council has “no control” over further repairs or timescales for that work to be done.

“Our officials made it clear to the owners at that time the urgency in getting any works done due to the inconvenience to the local residents and businesses affected,” she said.

One local resident said: “It is a disgrace that we as tax payers have had to pay out for the work to be done, and yet one of the landlords is not engaging with the other landlords, insurance companies, or the council.”

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