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"Kids Go Free" to Scotland's Housing Expo 2010 at Inverness

Issued: 7 Jun 2010

Young people in the Highlands, as well as those visiting the area, will enjoy free entry to Scotland's Housing Expo being held in Inverness throughout August, thanks to a £60,000 grant from Inverness Common Good Fund.

The Highland Council's Inverness City Committee supported the contribution towards the Kids Go Free scheme in welcoming the positive profile that Scotland's Housing EXPO 2010 will give to Inverness and the wider Highlands and the benefits it will bring to the area.

Councillors are confident the scheme will encourage more families to visit the EXPO and spend time in the city.

Provost Jimmy Gray, Chairman of the Inverness City Committee, said: "We are delighted to support Scotland's Housing EXPO by providing the funding needed to ensure that every child can visit the month-long event. It will be a great experience for them and their families. Inverness is proud to host this event and the benefits are already evident, not least through building 52 houses when housing building activity is low. We fully recognise the support we have received from the Scottish Government to stage an event that promises to bring so much benefit to the city and the wider Highlands."

Councillor Alex Graham, Depute Provost, said the EXPO was a demonstration of the leading role being played by the Highlands in promoting sustainable design and construction. He said: "Attending the EXPO will be really interesting and help to inform and educate Highland children about sustainability."

Councillor John Finnie, Leader of the Opposition, said: "This is an innovative scheme that promises to be a great attraction. I am also delighted at the additional employment opportunities that it presents at a time of recession and the financial benefits that it will generate."

Scotland's Housing EXPO will create:

* a development investment in excess of £12million on the site;
* 52 new houses constructed at a time when house building activity is low;
* 300 construction jobs including apprenticeships;
* 20 new affordable houses; and
* a potential second phase of development on adjoining land of 45 housing association homes, which has outline planning consent.

During the event there will be additional on-site jobs and an anticipated 30,000 visitors to the site in August. It is hoped that an additional 8,000 visitors will travel from outwith the Highlands to bring additional spend and income to the city.

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