Time for talking shops to stop
INVERNESS traders badly affected by the fallout from the Academy Street fire are getting impatient as the disruption continues.
There have been calls to forget about the historic legacy of buildings in the blaze and do whatever is necessary to speed up efforts to get the street back in working order, which could mean wholesale demolition.
Such action would be premature but the pressure is on Highland Council in particular to ensure the future of the site doesn’t remain in limbo for months.
Various groups engaged in supposedly “reviving” and “reinventing” the city centre have spent the past two years discussing "plans for change" but have achieved very little, if anything.
But after the inferno things certainly have changed, and they no longer have the indulgence of taking a talking-shop approach to the future of the city centre, with a large part of Academy Street overshadowing it in ruins.
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