Council’s overreaction to Gathering Place protest reveals a state of near paranoia

by Colin Campbell HIGHLAND Council’s absurd overreaction to a protest sign attached to fencing surrounding the Gathering Place site reveals them to be in a state of near paranoia over criticism of the waste, folly and environmental vandalism surrounding their much reviled pet vanity project. The sign, which said  “VANDALISM IN PROGRESS“, was a snappy but inoffensive protest, no more and no less. If it … Continue reading Council’s overreaction to Gathering Place protest reveals a state of near paranoia

New plans to mess around with the riverside. And what has ‘identifying as LBQTIA+’ got to do with it?

by Colin Campbell HIGHLAND Council has launched an online consultation for feedback on the current measures for social distancing in place along the riverside area of Inverness. The Riverside Way survey will “gather feedback on proposed permanent measures to make this popular area of the city safer for walking, wheeling and cycling as part of the Inverness City Active Travel Network”. I’m all for active … Continue reading New plans to mess around with the riverside. And what has ‘identifying as LBQTIA+’ got to do with it?

Inverness election can be yet another blow for the SNP

by Colin Campbell A CANVASSER from the Liberal Democrats knocked on my door on Saturday morning to promote his party candidate for the upcoming Inverness West council by-election. I opened it, assumed a comfortable position leaning against the framework, began holding forth, and by the time I let him go, ignoring his rather plaintive, “Well, I’d better get on and knock on a few more … Continue reading Inverness election can be yet another blow for the SNP

Masked Olympics may be the saddest sporting sight ever

by Colin Campbell THE delicately balanced UK debate over wearing facemasks appears not to have been delicately balanced in the build-up to the Tokyo Olympics. Masks are worn at all times, and in all circumstances. And they are playing a big part in ruining the Games as a spectacle. I stayed up into the early hours on Sunday to watch the finals in the swimming … Continue reading Masked Olympics may be the saddest sporting sight ever

‘MacKenzie’s Folly’ silence is an absolute disgrace

by Colin Campbell MORE than one councillor has said to me the Gathering Place should be named “MacKenzie’s Folly”. That designation has a ring to it. I don’t know whether or not it would be fair, but how fair has Arts group chairwoman Isabelle MacKenzie been to the Inverness public? She has been the most ardent and determined instigator behind this riverside travesty, and also … Continue reading ‘MacKenzie’s Folly’ silence is an absolute disgrace

Riverside petition organiser says desecration of beauty spot is a disgrace. Months behind schedule, a mass implant of concrete, and no resemblance to pretty picture illustrations from council that treated public with contempt

by Colin Campbell HELEN Smith, who organised a 3,000 strong petition against the Gathering Place, says what’s going on at the riverside site right now is a disgrace. huge concrete bridge-like structure is being implanted there which bears no resemblance to the pretty picture illustrations of the development presented by the council. Neither does Ms Smith believe the addition of thin stone panels is going … Continue reading Riverside petition organiser says desecration of beauty spot is a disgrace. Months behind schedule, a mass implant of concrete, and no resemblance to pretty picture illustrations from council that treated public with contempt

Worst fears confirmed as concrete spreads over former beauty spot

by Colin Campbell THE Gathering Place is shaping up on its dirt and rubble strewn site adjacent to the Ness Islands, and what was depicted in pretty picture illustrations as a curved wall with people leaning contentedly on it now looks more like the first stretch of a bridge. Huge slabs of concrete jut out over the river. They look much more solid than the … Continue reading Worst fears confirmed as concrete spreads over former beauty spot

Inverness leisure centre expansion and welcome changes ahead

by Colin Campbell THE north’s most important centre for health and wellbeing outside the NHS, Inverness Leisure, is set for a rapid return to near normality. There are also expansion plans for the gym area in the coming months to substantially increase capacity. With restrictions being eased more exercise machines will become available for use. And it is expected that the long awaited reopening of … Continue reading Inverness leisure centre expansion and welcome changes ahead

With no indy plan anywhere in sight, nationalists cave in to frustration and despair

by Colin Campbell ANGUS MacNeill, MP for the Western Isles, is a nationalist extremist, a definition that fits him by any yardstick you care to apply. His constituency is remote from the SNP heartland of the Central Belt and his views on how to secure independence are equally remote from the SNP hierarchy’s way of thinking. He is one of a fringe group of awkward … Continue reading With no indy plan anywhere in sight, nationalists cave in to frustration and despair

Six million EU migrants – and the SNP want ever more

by Colin Campbell HIGHLAND MSP Maree Todd has voiced concerns over the Home Office’s EU Settlement Scheme application backlog. As of July 2, she said, UK government figures show that while just over six million applications to the scheme had been received by the June 30 deadline, only 5,446,000 had been concluded by the same date. She has written to all EU nationals in her … Continue reading Six million EU migrants – and the SNP want ever more