Highlands & Islands

Inverness riverside installation given go-ahead

My Ness concept design Image copyright The River Ness Public Art Project
Image caption My Ness had earlier been approved by council planners under delegated powers

Councillors have voted in favour of going ahead with a controversial riverside arts installation.

Curving walls have been proposed for opposite banks of the River Ness in Inverness.

The project, a replacement for a controversial plan for a £300,000 giant see-saw-like installation, is opposed by a local campaign.

Highland Council had suspended work on the new £240,000 installation to allow for a fresh debate on the project.

The local authority's City of Inverness committee voted in favour of progressing with it at a special meeting on Tuesday.

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Image caption Highland councillors voted to reject a previous project, The Gathering Place, in 2016

Called My Ness, the new design was approved by officials under delegated powers and emerged following a councillors' vote in July 2016 not to proceed with the see-saw-like The Gathering Place.

Concerns were raised by some councillors and members of the public about the safety of the original design, a pier which would have gently tilted up and down.

Opponents of the new design believe it will spoil the landscape of the riverside.

The riverside project is funded by £305,000 from Creative Scotland, £250,000 from the City of Inverness Common Good Fund, £66,000 from Highlands and Islands Enterprise and £106,000 from Highland Council.

It is managed by the Inverness City Arts Working Group on the council's behalf.

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