Nationalists now open the door to toddler-friendly activism

THE COLIN CAMPBELL COLUMN

A NEW “child friendly group to foster activism” has been launched by an enterprising independence supporter. Nairn woman Victoria Gianoplolous Johnson believes the key to the concept is that it allows women with babies and toddlers, who she considers would not normally be able to get involved in political discussions, to “fully participate” in democracy while taking their children along as well. Continue reading “Nationalists now open the door to toddler-friendly activism”

Robbo’s a remainer – and that’s great for Caley Jags

THE PAUL CHALK COLUMN

 ON a momentous week when Brexit cost Britain its Prime Minister, there was a chief in the Highlands stating his intention of going nowhere. Caley Thistle manager John Robertson – just one day after their punishing play-off defeat to Dundee United – was reportedly approached by Dundee in an underhand move to try and make him their boss. Continue reading “Robbo’s a remainer – and that’s great for Caley Jags”

‘Boris’ in No.10 could yet see Queen Nicola reign supreme

THE COLIN CAMPBELL COLUMN

“The prospect of him becoming prime minister of the United Kingdom is, I think, one that will horrify many people across Scotland.”

 That’s Inverness MP Drew Hendry’s view on the reaction to the possibility of Boris Johnson taking over from Theresa May. And I think he’s dead right. Continue reading “‘Boris’ in No.10 could yet see Queen Nicola reign supreme”

Revealed: for every person backing the Gathering Place, there are 270 against it

 

by Colin Campbell

THE Gathering Place in Inverness is planned to go ahead with the publicly expressed support of just nine people.  Ranged against that are more than 2,200 who have signed a protest petition opposing it.This means that for every person backing the Gathering Place, there are 270 against it. Continue reading “Revealed: for every person backing the Gathering Place, there are 270 against it”

‘McCaig’s Folly’ in Oban, and ‘Mackenzie’s Folly’ here

by Colin Campbell

“McCaig’s Folly” in Oban. “Mackenzie’s Folly” on the Inverness riverside. That has a good and justified ring to it for me. It was an Inverness councillor strongly opposed to the £300,000 Gathering Place who yesterday emailed me the suggestion that one folly deserves another, and that the name of Arts group chairman Isabelle Mackenzie was a suitable candidate for inclusion in Gathering Place folklore. Continue reading “‘McCaig’s Folly’ in Oban, and ‘Mackenzie’s Folly’ here”

Riverside plan succeeds in gaining a SIXTH supporter

Inverness man publicly backs scheme!

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Inverness woman Dell McClurg, recently enjoying the riverside sunshine with granddaughter Amelia at the location planned to be concreted over, was one of those who signed the 2,300 strong protest petition. However, the number of people publicly backing the Gathering Place has now risen from five to six.

THERE was a new twist in the Gathering Place affair when the £300,000 project planned for the riverside gained a SIXTH supporter. Inverness man Donald Macleod also broke new ground when he became the first member of the public with no links to the council to openly back the scheme, in a letter to the Inverness Courier. Continue reading “Riverside plan succeeds in gaining a SIXTH supporter”

Council can expect a lot more grief over the Gathering Place

THE COLIN CAMPBELL COLUMN

IT’S all gone quiet on the Gathering Place, and that’s just the way Highland Council wants it. The doughty campaigners against this riverside travesty have presented their 2,300 signature petition backed by so many angrily deploring it, opponents on the council have protested till they’re blue in the face, there have been two well-attended public protests and Inverness news and views has done what it can to add to the crescendo of opposition. Continue reading “Council can expect a lot more grief over the Gathering Place”

Plans to turn beauty spot into building site for tourist season fall through

No sign of early start for £300,000 ‘Gathering Place’

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Construction work to build a £300,000 wall at the Ness Islands riverside was planned to be completed by July.

by Colin Campbell

PLANS to turn the “Gathering Place” riverside beauty spot into a building site by July have fallen through, with no indication now if or when a £300,000 wall and concrete pathways will be built there. Continue reading “Plans to turn beauty spot into building site for tourist season fall through”