Monday, November 18, 2019
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Kate Forbes, MSP for Skye, has hailed a new £6m Scottish Government fund that aims to ease pressure on creaking infrastructure following the recent tourism boom across the Highlands.

The fund, which is expected to launch next year, is set to be announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the SNP conference in Glasgow today (Tuesday 10 October).

It is understood that the money could assist projects seeking to improve parking, camping facilities, recycling points, roads and footpath access.

Funding will be administered by public sector partners working with councils, communities and the industry to identify projects in need of support.

Kate Forbes MSP said: "Nicola Sturgeon's commitment to fund tourism infrastructure projects is spectacularly good news for Skye.

"It comes off the back of a number of conversations I've had with the Scottish Government since early summer about how we properly fund improvements to parking, campervan parks and basic amenities on the Isle of Skye.

"The First Minister's answer, by earmarking £6 million to be spent in conjunction with communities, is precisely what is required to prepare Skye and the west coast for next summer."

The MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch continued: "There is no doubt in my mind that we should welcome visitors to Skye, because it's a great boost to the local economy.

"I want to see more and more people choosing to stay, eat and have fun in Skye.

"But I do agree that we need to ensure that the infrastructure is ready for the increase in visitors over the summer months.

"I am particularly pleased that The First Minister has made this announcement now, so that community and public sector groups can really get to grips with the problems well in advance of next summer.

"This announcement will ensure that Skye can continue to benefit economically from the upsurge in visitor numbers, whilst at the same time minimising disruption to locals and improving the visitor experience so that tourists choose to come back."

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