FAR north MP Jamie Stone has slammed nearly £1 million of public money being sunk into 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 is unhappy at the £890.000 Highland Council is shelling out on the two buildings.
He 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.".
The local authority says it is implementing guidelines which earmark one per cent of a project’s budget for artwork.
The new prison, to be built next to Inverness Retail Park, is expected to cost £66 million while the justice centre, which recently received planning permission for Longman Road, will cost £29 million.
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