Highlands and Islands Labour MSP David Stewart yesterday (Wednesday, 26th February) questioned the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy & Tourism, Fergus Ewing, on the need for more action to find a new home for the Ironworks live music venue in Inverness.
Developers are making plans to secure planning permission to tear down the building to make way for a luxury multi-million-pound hotel.
Speaking in the chamber at Holyrood, Mr Stewart told the Cabinet Secretary, who is also an SNP MP for Inverness & Nairn: “The Cabinet Secretary will be well-aware of my ongoing campaign to find a new home for The Ironworks. Will he support to the hilt the excellent work Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE) is doing to support the music business and will he accompany me to a future visit to The Ironworks?”
In good humour, Mr Ewing described Mr Stewart’s invitation as “somewhat unexpected” but said it would be “one which due and appropriate consideration will be given”.
He added: “But seriously, Mr Stewart has been raising this matter for some time, I know that locally it is much appreciated, I support the aims and objectives, I am pleased that HIE are being positive and I am very happy to work with him in my new role to see what progress we can make and how quickly we can make it.”