Council to overhaul Inverness city centre access

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Streets and pavements around Inverness city centre are to be altered to make them more accessible to wheelchair users.

The Highland Council announced it would make the major improvements following a campaign which saw councillors partook in a wheelchair challenge to see for themselves how difficult it is to navigate the city centre.

The Council has since reduced some kerb heights and has made a number of other adaptations, using tar and gravel as a temporary measure. Major work is scheduled to be carried out at a later date.

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Campaigners have welcomed the decision and praised leaders for taking part in the ‘eye-opening’ wheelchair challenge campaign.

It is hoped that more improvements including access ramps will be installed at certain buildings in the city and doors that are easier for wheelchair users to open.

Muirtown community councillor Bill Anderson, who issued the wheelchair challenge, was reportedly pleased to see action had been taken and now wants to see it extended to other problem areas including Tomnahurich Street, according to Highland News.

He told the newspaper: “I am delighted that Highland Council took on board the challenge in the first place and have already taken temporary measures in and around Academy Street. But there is still a lot to do in Inverness and the wider area.”

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