Place Based Investment funding approved for two Inverness projects
The Victorian Market and Inverness Campus have been awarded in principle £414,499 Scottish Government Place Based Investment Programme funding by Members of The Highland Council’s City of Inverness Area Committee today (18 November 2021).
The fund was set up to enable a flexible local response to address the four harms of COVID-19, which were identified as direct health harms; health impacts not directly related to COVID; societal impacts and economic impacts.
The Place Based Investment Programme allocation for the City of Inverness Area Committee is £640,433.
Inverness Councillors have agreed in principle to investing £79,000 in the Victorian Market, Market Hall and Fish Market refurbishment project and £335,499 in the Inverness Campus Sports Development project; and to operate a challenge fund for the remaining budget.
Provost and Leader of Inverness and Area Cllr Helen Carmichael said: “This funding in principle will help to deliver the Victorian Market redevelopment transformational project which aims to attract the best of local food and drink producers to create a vibrant destination within the city centre and will also support the creation of a sports facility at Inverness Campus.”
Professor Chris O’Neil, Principal and Chief Executive of Inverness College UHI said: “It has been a long-held ambition of the College to bring sports facilities to Inverness Campus and we are proactively working with our partners to deliver this project for our communities. An all-weather sports pitch will not only enhance the student experience and make studying in Inverness more attractive, but it will also address a shortage of sports facilities on the east side of the city, enable more partnership working between students and local sporting organisations, and greatly benefit the local community.”