Town canopy plans progressing
FORT William Town Team is moving forward with plans for a canopy over the town’s Cameron Square.
At a meeting of the Town Team on Monday April 10, it was revealed members of the team met outdoor furniture company Broxap, which has agreed to prepare four different design options for the canopy.
Town Team secretary Sue Keen said she is hoping to have the designs by the end of this week, at which point local stakeholders can be consulted about which design they would like to use.
The plan now is to have a canopy covering only the top part of the square, where performers will be protected, in the hope this will be less controversial and have less opposition from businesses than the original plan, which had to be withdrawn.
Town Team chairwoman Moira Robinson said: ‘ We need to compromise.’
Ms Keen added they have been advised by Broxap to keep the canopy design quite low.
The first design is a canopy covering only the back of the square. The second is similar to the original design that the council nearly got permission for. There will also be a more traditional canopy, based on the one currently in House of Bruar, and the final option will resemble the canopy at Gretna Green outlet village.
The Town Team, in conjunction with the Highland Council, is also looking into getting specialist paint and repainting the Chesterfield furniture set in Cameron Square because treasurer Jackie Clifford said it had ‘attracted some negative comments’.