Contract Awarded for Inshes District Park Phase 2

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Monday December 18 2017

Inverness South Councillors Carolyn Caddick, Ken Gowans, Andrew Jarvie and Duncan Macpherson have welcomed the new contract awarded for the second phase of Inshes District Park in Inverness saying:

“This new investment in Inshes Park Phase 2 is positive for the area and is being funded entirely by developer contributions collected over the past number of years as well as active travel funding from SUSTRANS. 

“The project will provide a good quality surface and safe route for walkers and cyclists to travel through the area.” 

Provost and Leader of Inverness and Area, Cllr Helen Carmichael has also welcomed the award of contract to P1 Solutions Ltd of Edinburgh. 

She said:

“This is great news for the local community who will greatly benefit from this £580K contract that will see the construction of an entrance plaza forming a gathering place at the access from Stevenson Road, a 20-space car park, areas of open space and paths that will meander through the site from the entrance plaza to the existing footbridge over Inshes Road.”

The second phase works will be set within a 6.3ha site set in rising ground between Stevenson Road and Inshes Road. 

The first phase north of Stevenson Road, was completed in 2012 and is a valuable asset to the local area. 

It is an important green open space in a fast-developing area of the city and is regularly used by the local community.

Thomas Prag, Chair of the Inshes Community Association said:

“We’re pleased to see the Council push on with this, so it’s great to see ‘shovels in the ground’ – now we can get on with the serious business of raising funds to kit out the big-ticket items like a wheel park.”

Construction of this next phase will commence in the New Year and the works are programmed to take 18 weeks.

A separate planting and landscaping contract will follow on from the works and is expected to take place in the planting season of 2018/19.

Phase 3, the largest phase of the park, is a 14.4ha site that rises steeply from Inshes Road towards the north-western boundary of Milton of Leys.

This final phase is expected to proceed as developer contributions from adjacent housing developments accrue.



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