Around £70m of investment has flowed into Inverness over the past four years amid high praise from Highland Council from business leaders who say they could help chart a course through the crisis costs after the completion of 15 major projects.

The Highland Council has been praised for helping to complete 15 projects in four years.

Inverness has benefited from £70m of investment in 15 major projects over the past four years – with 61 more on the cards set to be completed by 2025.

Success in completing a range of transport, heritage, renewable energy and tourism developments has raised hopes that such investment could chart a course for the city through the current economic crisis.

Funding for developments – including the redevelopment of Inverness Town House, the opening of the new West Link road and the Rose Street bus link – has come in part from the private sector, but the majority of developments have been pushed by the Highland Council along with the Scottish Government and the regional transport partnership HiTrans.

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Other public investment projects include the new driverless bus pilot program launched this week on the Inverness campus, and the widely acclaimed River Ness hydropower scheme.

Active new travel schemes aim to improve the environment in the Inshes and Raigmore areas, as well as the development of Wyvern House residential/commercial space on the former Farmfoods site in Academy Street.

The development of the new Justice Center has also facilitated the work of redevelopment of Inverness Castle into a ‘world class’ tourist attraction.

Projects still underway and expected to be completed by 2025 include the redevelopment of Academy Street, the transformation of the former Arnott Building at Union Street into new residential and commercial space, and the new National Campus Processing Center. of Inverness.

Inverness MP Drew Hendry, one of the driving forces behind the Inverness Futures group whose Inverness 2035 vision to improve the life of the city was wedded to Highland Council’s own strategy for the city last month, is expected to host a roundtable on Monday with Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth Tom Arthur. It will emphasize the benefits of working in partnership between the private and public sectors, residents and politicians.

He said: “From building the West Link and opening up land for development to putting world-class fiber optic cabling in the ground, we are building the blocks to create a city that is attractive to people. foreign investment and an ideal place to live, work and study.

“We should not shy away from making tough choices or settling for easy options. To make Inverness a welcoming, thriving, green and sustainable city in the heart of the thriving Highlands, we need to take bold steps today, working with the city’s residents and businesses.

Inverness Chamber of Commerce chairman Stewart Nicol also said it was a partnership between the private and public sectors that would help keep the city financially developing.

“Public investment through the Highland Council creates jobs – it’s really, really important – and attracts private sector investment,” he said.

“It’s great to see this partnership working. It’s a way to chart a course through these challenges. Going forward we need to work in partnership like never before, these lists (of city investment projects) are very good examples of what can be achieved. »

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