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Highlands and Islands Greens
Highlands and Islands Greens

Highland Council Has No Public Mandate to Plough Ahead with Its Destructive Plans for East Inverness and Tornagrain

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

No references to The Highland Council’s development plan proposals for creating concrete jungles at East Inverness and Tornagrain were included either in any of SNP’s, Lib Dems’, or Labour’s manifestos for the May 2012 local elections, or in The Highland Council’s recently-published five year ‘Programme of Priorities’.  As a consequence, The Highland Council has no public mandate to continue with these disastrous proposals.

“The Council’s proposal for new and vast developments at East Inverness and Tornagrain is the biggest planning issue currently facing the whole of the Highlands, and perhaps the Northern and Western Isles too” said Myra Carus, vice convenor of the Highlands and Islands Green Party.

“Yet nowhere in the Council’s recently-published ‘Programme of Priorities’ is there any mention whatsoever of the Council’s intentions for these areas. Nor were they included in any of SNP’s Lib Dems’. or Labour’s manifestos for the May 2012 local elections.

“The ‘Programme of Priorities does usefully commit the Council to continue supporting Highland-wide, large-scale employment growth opportunities in various areas, including Cromarty Firth, Scrabster, and the UHI Campus.  So why no mention of East Inverness and Tornagrain?  This absence is particularly telling because the previous administration’s corporate plan did include development plan provisions.

“All this is unacceptable.  The Council has no public mandate to continue with these disastrous proposals.  It should drop all references and proposals for East Inverness and Tornagrain from its forthcoming Inner Moray Firth Development Plan, and instead concentrate far more on providing existing communities with the necessary infrastructure to grow and thrive.

“By contrast, if the Council continues to promote the development of East Inverness and Tornagrain, and despite its lack of public mandate to do so, the inevitable consequence will be that population and jobs will haemorrhage from across the Highlands into these two areas.  These shock waves will resonate for decades to come.

“We will be contacting The Council, inviting them to abandon their unmandated plans for East Inverness and Tornagrain.”