Tuesday, January 21, 2020
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Skye MP Ian Blackford, has called for high level talks to tackle growing concerns over public facilities and road networks during the tourist season. 

Already a Facebook group with over 250 members has been created, dedicated to protecting and maintaining the natural beauty of the Isle of Skye.  The group serves as a way to report any damage or desecration.  Areas that see heavy footfall are of particular concern, such as the Fairy Pools car park, photographed this morning (Friday August 26) by group member Peter Shepherdson.  

Mr Blackford MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber said: "I have written to The Highland Council calling for a summit meeting of everyone involved in tourism on Skye to address weaknesses in infrastructure which have led to problems throughout the holiday period.

"The island is enjoying an amazing season with a huge influx of visitors, but which is also stretching public facilities and road networks to breaking point in some areas.  Particular concerns have been raised over the Fairy Pools at Glenbrittle, where roads are regularly being blocked by an overwhelming number of visitors.  I know this is happening in other areas too.

"In my letter to Councillor Margaret Davidson, Leader of The Highland Council, I have outlined concerns expressed by constituents, asking that the Council organise a meeting so that issues can be raised and addressed.

"I understand the pressures that the Council face and that money is tight.  On that basis I have requested that they set up a summit with all stakeholders so we can work together in finding a solution to these issues.

"Tourism is a vital part of the Island's economy, which we want to continue strongly in the future.  I hope that by bringing together representatives of the Skye tourism industry and bodies responsible for infrastructure that particular needs can be identified and addressed with action taken to satisfy both visitors and residents."

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