Inverness West Link: Flood concern over sports facilities

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Planning officials are concerned that new sports facilities planned as part of the Inverness West Link road are at significant risk of flooding.

Plans for the £34m link road, which the council says will reduce traffic congestion, have been controversial.

The link would cut through a popular green area and damage existing sporting facilities.

Council leaders have promised to create new improved sports pitches at Torvean and a new golf course.

They have already agreed in principle to buy a stretch of land for an undisclosed price and have lodged an outline planning application.

However, an official from Highland Council's own flood prevention team has voiced concern, saying that the proposed clubhouse and changing rooms could end up under 6ft of water in the event of a major flood.

The flood prevention team suggested the facilities should be moved elsewhere.

A council spokesman said discussions between the flood team and the designers were ongoing.

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