Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Rob Gibson has welcomed £4.5 million of funding from the Scottish Government to Highland Council to transform derelict and vacant land in the region.
The fund, which was announced by Communities Minister Stewart Maxwell, has the aim of creating jobs, promote sustainability, improve quality of life, and stimulate economic growth for communities throughout the Highlands.
The Highland Council will be tasked with making a list of priorities to be funded.
Mr Gibson who met the Minister in Invergordon on the day of the announcement said....
"This is exciting news. For the first time since the scheme was created five years ago the Highlands will be receiving funding. Now it is up to Highland Council to nominate worthy schemes which will benefit every corner of the region.
"It irks me and many others to see good quality land lying abandoned and empty going to waste. I have no doubt that many people in their localities will see the potential in a bit of derelict of waste ground. I would therefore urge them to begin lobbying their councillors to make sure that the money makes it's way to their community."
"The Vacant and Derelict Land Fund has the potential to kick start the economy as well as enrich Communities. i am glad that the SNP Scottish Government has decided to include the Highlands in the scheme."
Photo of Rob Gibson MSP in Invergordon with Communities and Sport Minister Stewart Maxwell MSP and SNP Councillor Maxine Smith (Cromarty Firth ward)