Chancellor’s £20million boost for Inverness. SNP protests. Hendry adopts sullen silence

by Colin Campbell INVERNESS MP Drew Hendry has taken personal charge of how the city should look in 2035. But he was somewhat upstaged this week when Chancellor Rishi Sunak provided cash for Inverness developments here and now. £20 million will be made available for the Castle, the Bught and the Northern Meeting Park as part of £170 million being sent across the border for … Continue reading Chancellor’s £20million boost for Inverness. SNP protests. Hendry adopts sullen silence

Ewing ‘sadness’ over no more surgeries. How sad is he? His surgery’s been closed for the past 19 months

by Colin Campbell INVERNESS MSP Fergus Ewing says that following the killing of MP David Amess “the days of open surgeries may now be coming to a close which would be a sadness”. Without detracting one iota from what happened to David Amess, we have to wonder how deep Ewing’s sense of “no more surgeries” sadness really runs. He’s certainly been safe enough. His constituency … Continue reading Ewing ‘sadness’ over no more surgeries. How sad is he? His surgery’s been closed for the past 19 months

‘Inverness 2035’ full report. Complete and utter garbage from beginning to end

by Colin Campbell WHEN I commented on the “Inverness 2035” Nirvana outlined by a new group of “prominent people” who comprise “Inverness Futures” I based it on material which had been written about it in the press. That failed to do it justice. I’ve since read the full report, not a particularly time consuming task because it’s not all that long. And as “visionary” documents … Continue reading ‘Inverness 2035’ full report. Complete and utter garbage from beginning to end

While council babbles on about climate ’emergency’, there’s one climate emergency everyone fears

by Colin Campbell HIGHLAND Council held its own two day climate conference on the back of the big shindig in Glasgow next week, which the last time I checked looked like it might be invaded by rats. Nicola Sturgeon is trying to elbow her way into the limelight in Glasgow. It would make a rather good picture if a fang toothed rascal with a six … Continue reading While council babbles on about climate ’emergency’, there’s one climate emergency everyone fears

WITH HENDRY AT THE HELM, NEW GROUP EMERGES WITH PLANS FOR ‘INVERNESS 2035’. THE TYPICAL OUTLOOK FOR ‘VISIONARIES’ IS THAT THEY ACHIEVE NEXT TO NOTHING AND VANISH WITHOUT TRACE

by Colin Campbell DREW Hendry, glorified ex-councillor, Inverness MP, and the SNP’s “Shadow Trade Secretary”, has now bestowed another title on himself, or had it bestowed on him. He has become chairman of a newcomer to the scene, “The Inverness Futures Group”. This comprises a group of “prominent people” who have got together and laid out “a vision for the future” of how they’d like … Continue reading WITH HENDRY AT THE HELM, NEW GROUP EMERGES WITH PLANS FOR ‘INVERNESS 2035’. THE TYPICAL OUTLOOK FOR ‘VISIONARIES’ IS THAT THEY ACHIEVE NEXT TO NOTHING AND VANISH WITHOUT TRACE

A SUPER SALESMAN FOR CURVED CONCRETE WALLS

by Colin Campbell DREW Hendry marked his rise to the chairmanship of the “Inverness Futures” group by celebrating it with a long screed of complete verbiage. “Inverness has been a city for 21 years, yet unlike other cities has never had a defined vision. No formal debate has taken place, no document has been drawn up to pull together the hope, ambition and identity we … Continue reading A SUPER SALESMAN FOR CURVED CONCRETE WALLS

Riverside graffiti vandals are the real problem now. The only way to deter them in this debacle is to spend even more money

by Colin Campbell THE Gathering Place has been vandalised yet again, for the third time in less than two weeks. And for the first time in this entire saga those of us who were vehemently opposed to it being built are liable to find ourselves in common cause with Highland Council in turning our wrath fully on those responsible. And in backing council exhortations that … Continue reading Riverside graffiti vandals are the real problem now. The only way to deter them in this debacle is to spend even more money

From a different era, council champion of the Ferry whose iron fists were his security

by Colin Campbell ALARM bells are ringing all over the place after the brutal death of Conservative MP David Amess. And that’s not surprising. Security measures for MPs and MSPs are being reviewed, although some have insisted there must not be an overreaction and they must be able to continue meeting their constituents face to face to hear their concerns and the problems they want … Continue reading From a different era, council champion of the Ferry whose iron fists were his security

Inverness lights up for 10 minutes this winter as virus paranoia wipes out festival that cheers

by Colin Campbell A TEN minute fireworks display which people are being invited to watch from “the comfort of their own location”. Is that it? Is that what Inverness is being offered as a substitute for the complete wipeout of the city’s traditional Winter Festival Programme? It would seem so. No Ness Islands Halloween display for children and their parents, no Bught Park bonfire, no … Continue reading Inverness lights up for 10 minutes this winter as virus paranoia wipes out festival that cheers

Built by idiots, and defaced by idiots, but Gathering Place graffiti problem can be resolved

by Colin Campbell I PASSED the work of art on the riverside several times over the past week and it was quite busy, sometimes with a dozen or more people scanning it. The problem is they seemed to have gone there more to see the graffiti than the Gathering Place. People for some reason were taking pictures of the spraypaint drenched concrete slab at the … Continue reading Built by idiots, and defaced by idiots, but Gathering Place graffiti problem can be resolved