Calls have been made for the controversial My Ness paintings “to be put out of its distress” after it emerged the much-delayed challenge has been put again but once more.
Set up of the work – that includes curved partitions constructed both facet of the River Ness close to Bught Park – was supposed to start final month.
But it surely has now been paused till subsequent spring resulting from delays brought on by the coronavirus pandemic and strategy of winter, prompting calls from critics of the challenge for it to be scrapped.
In a scathing assault, metropolis councillor Ron MacWilliam described it as an utter failure and referred to as for an apology for the waste of public funds.
“This challenge has been doomed from the outset and no quantity of attempting to level this out has had the slightest impression on the My Ness cheerleaders,” he stated.
“It has been a continual waste of money and time.”
He stated a dedication was given in August final 12 months that no additional public funds could be spent and the challenge could be accomplished in a 12-18 month timescale.
He had additionally been ready a number of weeks for solutions following pile testing on the river financial institution throughout preparatory work this summer season as there appeared to be a technical drawback.
“The time has come for this utter failure to be recognised as such, for the challenge to be put out of its distress as soon as and for all and for the Provost of Inverness to challenge an apology for this waste of public funds, together with cash spent from the Inverness Widespread Good Fund,” Cllr MacWilliam stated.
He stated there had been a golden alternative to construct one thing spectacular but it surely had been blown on charges and design prices with nothing to indicate for it.
Helen Smith, of OpenNess agreed.
“It has been a foul concept from the beginning,” she stated. “Individuals don’t need it.”
She speculated the take a look at bore holes this summer season had revealed the location for the paintings was on sand and gravel which might make it unsuitable.
Metropolis mattress and breakfast proprietor Richard Paxton, who can also be a member of Park Neighborhood Council, stated the challenge had been a catastrophe from the beginning.
“It’s time to scrap it,” he stated. “There are many different jobs that are extra vital.”
Inverness West councillor Invoice Boyd additionally felt that given the most recent setback, it was time to park the challenge.
“It appears to have been beset with issues from the outset,” he stated.
“My fear is that the extra it goes on, the extra money might be spent and it takes up officers’ time.”
Inverness councillor Isabelle Mackenzie, chairwoman of an arts working group concerned with the scheme, stated delays resulting from coronavirus and the time of 12 months meant it was now paused.
The working group will meet later this month and a report is predicted to go to town committee in November.
“It is going to be on pause till the spring sadly,” she stated.
“It’s nonetheless progressing.”
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