Campaigner Helen Smith would win election by a landslide

by Colin Campbell

JUST when you thought elements within Highland Council couldn’t get more high-handed, arrogant and autocratic over their planned “Gathering Place” along comes the reason for Inverness Provost Helen Carmichael refusing to meet representatives of the OpenNess group leading protests against the scheme. Continue reading “Campaigner Helen Smith would win election by a landslide”

Provost says riverside wall WILL be built: is this its kiss of death?

by Colin Campbell

PROVOST Helen Carmichael said yesterday in an emphatic declaration that there will be no U-turn over the £300,000 artwork planned for the riverside at the Ness Islands and that it WILL go ahead. Is this the kiss of death for the Gathering Place? Or at least, the beginning of the end? Continue reading “Provost says riverside wall WILL be built: is this its kiss of death?”

Easter brings out ‘madness’ of the Gathering Place plan

by Colin Campbell

THE glorious Easter Monday sunshine brought out a gathering at the location of the planned riverside “Gathering Place” – with the universal view among those relaxing there being:  “Who in their right minds would want to build a £300,000 wall and concrete pathways in this beautiful natural setting?” The OpenNess campaign group’s “picnic protest” on the riverside at the Ness Islands demonstrated to the full the folly of turning the area into a building site to create a “Gathering Place” wall and concrete pathways at an unspoilt setting enjoyed by so many. Continue reading “Easter brings out ‘madness’ of the Gathering Place plan”

Party drinks and gingerbread from the cheery new neighbours

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MP Drew Hendry and MSP Maree Todd cut the ribbon to open the new SNP campaign ‘hub’.

by Colin Campbell

I DON’T know if many in our locality felt the need to attend the housewarming party for the new neighbours, but when folks move in, isn’t it the cordial and welcoming thing to do? It would have been a bit of a squeeze if more people had turned up, because it was crowded enough in any case, standing room only in fact. Continue reading “Party drinks and gingerbread from the cheery new neighbours”

On a wild and wet day, what a snub from what a shower

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IT was held on a wild, wet, filthy day when venturing much beyond the garden gate left you looking as soaked as if you’d just emerged from the bathroom shower. Talk about the blossoming arrival of spring. It calmed down a bit in later on but it still wasn’t an evening when many would choose to venture out without a darn good reason. But venture out many did, to the Spectrum Centre for a well-publicised public meeting on the planned riverside Gathering Place. Continue reading “On a wild and wet day, what a snub from what a shower”