Plans launched for build of plastic crossing at Inverness nature reserve

PROPOSALS for the creation of a £560,000 boardwalk at Merkinch Local Nature Reserve in Inverness have been launched by the Highland Council and Sustrans.

The project would see the existing boardwalk replaced with a new modern crossing which would be suitable for wheelchairs and mobility scooters, as well as pedestrians and bikes.

Plans show that recycled plastic would be used to construct the curved crossing in a bid to reduce maintenance and improve the structure’s longevity.

Sustrans will be the main source of funding for the works, which have a £560,000 construction stage budget. The Highland Council has also allocated £100,000 in capital funding.

A public consultation will take place before plans are finalised and submitted, with the local authority saying that the contract for the project will be tendered once plans have been approved.

Those wishing to submit comments to the consultation can do so by emailing: by 17:00 on August 20.