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The roof of the Victorian Market in Inverness springs another leak

The Victorian Market, Inverness.
The Victorian Market, Inverness.

The roof of Inverness’s Victorian Market is leaking again – renewing concerns about the so-called “private” section of the city centre shopping arcade.

The current issue affects the Queensgate entrance, which was added a number of years ago to close it off against birds and to better preserve the structure as a whole from the elements.

But now rainwater from the roof and downpipes is coming through, leading to a section of the walkway being cordoned off and around a dozen buckets and containers being placed just inside the entrance.

Now local shopkeepers are growing more concerned that the remedial works that they conduct in their own time and with their own money will not be sufficient if the situation gets worse.

One local businessman, who did not want to be named, makes an effort to check the roof every three months despite working a 70 hour week – he was planning to check again on Monday.

He said that the likely problem is the downpipe being unable to handle the volume of rainwater or else that it has become blocked leading to pools gathering on the roof.

The manager of Corr Gorm charity shop Ania Couston said the leaks have already caused her to limit what products are on show outside the shop out of fear they could get suffer water damage.

She said: “It is a shame that this part of the market looks the way it looks and it is not very appealing to customers or the tourists.

“And especially with bad weather, the rain or heavy snowfall, it will be leaking so people coming in here, in the market for shelter, to have a nice shopping experience they just get soaked.

“And also for the stock – we have items outside that are getting wet as well which means we have less space to display any products that we offer to people have a browse outside if they don’t want to come inside.”

She added: “You don’t know what the weather is going to be, we live where we live, in Inverness, it is the Highlands, it is Scotland – autumn is coming, rain is coming. And another thing it is for health and safety – it is very slippery.”

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