Call for abandoned site to be transformed
LOCHABER organisations are calling for the Tesco ground at Blar Mhor to be put to good use in the form of a college or hospital.
Local activists from Common Weal Lochaber, Lochaber Women for Independence and Aye2aye, Inverness, pitched up at Blar Mhor on Thursday as part of a national campaign, Our Land, to put neglected land to use for communities.
The site has lain empty while Tesco deliberated over the construction of a supermarket.
Now, with no plans to construct the giant store, local people want to see the land working for them.
John Gillespie, member of Common Weal, said: ‘The government has to build something here that will benefit the community as a whole. Whether it be affordable housing, a college or a hospital.
‘ What I do know is that the site has been wasted for long enough and now Tesco don’t want it.
‘It is an ideal site for any of those things because we have the police and medical centres here, it makes sense.
‘We should be using the whole of the land to benefit the people.’
A spokesman from Kilmallie community council said: ‘ KCC has previously and will continue to express its anger at Highland councillors who are dealing with Tesco.
‘They are allowing this priceless, environmental gem to be destroyed.’
More information about the work of the national campaign can be found at http:// www. ourland.scot/
ANGRY: people from Lochaber voluntary groups gathered at Blar Mhor in protest