FAR north MP Jamie Stone has hit out at nearly £1 million being spent on public art in two new criminal justice buildings in Inverness.
Taxpayers are unlikely to see where their money has been spent unless they end up on the wrong side of the law as the work is to adorn the new justice centre and new prison being built in the city.
Mr Stone said: “To spend this much money in Inverness is unacceptable. Art is for everyone regardless of where you live and if you want to spend money on art, let’s see it spread throughout the north.
“The people of Wick, Thurso, Castletown, Lybster and wherever else they are in the far north have a right to easily access art as much as those living in Inverness”.
Scott Dalgarno, the council's development plans manager, said the £890,000 for artwork was recently approved during a review.
Both went through a design panel and complied with council guidelines indicating artwork should comptise about one per cent of the project costs.
The new prison is expected to cost £66 million while the justice centre will cost £29 million.
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