The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Way ahead for city’s signs

In­ver­ness found to be dif­fi­cult to nav­i­gate for lo­cals and vis­i­tors

- BY SCOTT MACLEN­NAN

The “clut­tered” and “un­clear” street signs of In­ver­ness could soon be a thing of the past as High­land Coun­cil unveils its pro­pos­als for clearer city cen­tre signs.

Draft pro­pos­als show a va­ri­ety of new signs to help lo­cals – and the city’s 900,000 an­nual vis­i­tors – make the most of the High­land capital.

A six-week pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion starts to­day fol­low­ing a re­cent as­sess­ment that found nav­i­gat­ing In­ver­ness un­nec­es­sar­ily dif­fi­cult.

Is­sues in­cluded maps that were sur­rounded by ad­ver­tise­ments and looked “clut­tered” while some street signs were bro­ken or un­clear.

That left those un­fa­mil­iar with the city un­able to find what they wanted and there­fore not ap­pre­ci­at­ing it to the fullest.

Chris Taylor, re­gional part­ner­ships di­rec­tor at VisitS­cot­land, said: “We wel­come this draft strategy which seeks to im­prove sig­nage in the city.

“Giv­ing clear directions through­out the city cen­tre will not only en­hance the vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence but spread the eco­nomic ben­e­fit across the area as vis­i­tors take in the many won­der­ful sights.”

The coun­cil en­gaged with In­ver­ness Bid, In­ver-

“En­sure that they can find their way around with ease”

ness Ac­cess Panel, ac­tive travel groups, trans­port com­pa­nies and pub­lic sec­tor agen­cies to pre­pare the plans.

The pro­pos­als show the lo­ca­tions for 10 up­right signs and a fur­ther 23 so­called fin­ger­post signs.

There will also be a largescale walk­ing map with an­no­tated line draw­ings of prom­i­nent build­ings and fea­tures and an over­view show­ing the city cen­tre in its wider con­text.

The new signs will be in­tro­duced gradully as fund­ing be­comes avail­able from grants, capital projects and de­vel­oper con­tri­bu­tions.

The Provost of In­ver­ness, He­len Carmichael, said: “In­ver­ness at­tracts around 900,000 vis­i­tors ev­ery year who spend time exploring In­ver­ness on foot and by bi­cy­cle. To give them the best ex­pe­ri­ence, we need to en­sure that they can find their way around with ease.

“There is no con­sis­tent city-wide map­ping style and the in­for­ma­tion that is dis­played can be un­clear and look vis­ually clut­tered.”

“This con­sul­ta­tion is a chance for peo­ple to let us know what they think about the draft plans to up­grade the wayfind­ing in­for­ma­tion in the city cen­tre in or­der to pro­vide well-pre­sented in­for­ma­tion and directions to key lo­ca­tions.”

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CROSSROADS: An as­sess­ment found signs in In­ver­ness could be clearer

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