Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

City-centre visions revealed

City-centre visions  revealed

Ambitious plans to regenerate a “depressing” part of Inverness city centre went on display in the Highland capital yesterday and brought mixed views from local people.

Architects behind the proposals say their vision for Academy Street was inspired by mainland Europe, particularly Holland.

But Richard Paxton, chairman of Inverness Park Community Council, was unimpressed by the scheme, which would mean that cars and pedestrians “share” the surface at the main crossing points, including at Falcon Square.

Other ideas for the area include a cafe and gallery with an outdoor covered area in Falcon Square, a covered area outside the railway station and tree-planting to make the area greener.

Mr Paxton said: “They are talking about pedestrianising everything at a time when all the big cities are being de-pedestrianised to make them more car friendly.

“All they are doing now is getting people to stay away. We might as well build brick walls around the area.”

But Leonard Cameron, who runs Cameron’s Barbers in Academy Street, welcomed the idea of regenerating the area.

He said: “Academy Street has been in a rundown state for quite sometime so it’s definitely time for improvements.

“It’s a very exciting project and I’ve discovered that there’s quite a lot of funding available for property owners on the street so I will be meeting with Inverness City Heritage Trust to discuss this.”

Architect Neil Sutherland said: “It seems that Academy Street is the only street of any particular merit left that is waiting to have some strategic input.”

Trust spokeswoman Alison Tanner said they were pleased by the turnout for the exhibition at the Old High Church Hall in Academy Street yesterday.

She said: “I think there has been a bit of a misconception that some of this is going to happen, whereas we are just showing people some ideas and asking for their views.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]