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Large Inverness public park 'first for a generation'

Children's roundabout
Image caption House builders have contributed to a fund to pay for equipment

Work has started on the first large-scale public park to be built in Inverness for a generation, according to Highland Council.

The local authority plans to develop Inshes District Park over 72 acres (29 hectares) in three phases.

Under the proposals, it will have children's play areas, a section set aside for wildlife and a small waterfall.

The first phase of the project in the south of the city will cost £600,000.

The money will be drawn from a fund set up using contributions from house-builders.

So far £1.2m has been raised.

New road

The local authority hopes future funds will cover maintenance costs and allow new features, including play equipment, to be added.

A community company could be set up to help develop the site.

City councillors have welcomed the start on the first phase.

Earlier this year, a campaign began to protect one of Inverness's largest existing parks - Whin Park - from the construction of a planned new road.

The West Link aims to take traffic from the city's Southern Distributor Road to the A82, avoiding the city centre.

Several possible routes are being considered and Highland Council has been looking at responses to public consultation on the options.

Some residents started a campaign to prevent the new road crossing Whin Park.

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