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Chairman hails battery farm approval historic day for Inverness Caledonian Thistle

By Will Clark

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Inverness Caledonian Thistle chairman Ross Morrison says it is an historic day.
Inverness Caledonian Thistle chairman Ross Morrison says it is an historic day.

Chairman Ross Morrison hailed the decision to allow Inverness Caledonian Thistle to build a battery storage facility in the city as a historic day for the club.

Caley Thistle received permission to build 52 battery storage containers at land behind Fairways Business Park from Highland Council at the South Planning Application Committee on Wednesday.

It is claimed the development could power every Highland home for at least two hours saving 20,000 tons of carbon.

Councillors paid a site visit for the project for voting in favour of planning permission.

At a meeting of the Inverness Caledonian Thistle Supporters Trust on Saturday, Morrison said the development could provide a seven figure sum for Inverness Caledonian Thistle and safeguard the club's future.

Reacting to today’s decision, Morrison said: “It is a historic day for the club and our ICT Community Development Trust.

“I cannot explain how much work has gone into this far reaching and creative project.

"I particularly want to thank, our partners and main sponsors, the ILI Group and our planning consultant Nicola Drummond, who only joined the project late on but put in a tremendous effort.”

“Huge thanks also goes to our CEO and the progressive thinking team I have behind me here at the club and last, but certainly not least, the ICTFC Board of Directors, members of which made a huge financial contribution to support the club while we were working so hard to get this project over the line.”

“I was pleased to be there in person today at the Highland Council’s HQ to see democracy in action.”

“To all of the Caley Jags fans in our 30th Anniversary year, I now look forward to working harder than ever to deliver the bright future the club deserves to have.”

Inverness Caledonian Thistle Supporters Trust also welcomed the decision, with spokesman George Moodie saying they are pleased that the project will secure the club's future.

He said: "At the Supporters Trust meeting on Saturday the Chairman provided an honest summary of the Battery Park application. "The news today that the application has been approved is very positive, not only for the football club but for the whole area that will benefit from all the community activities the club bring to Inverness and the Highlands.

"The Supporters Trust look forward to working with the club going forward to improve the overall fan experience now that we know the long term future of the club is secure."

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