Thursday, November 14, 2019
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Congestion in north-west Skye will be the subject of a meeting planned for this month.

Tomorrow (Friday 18 October), Kate Forbes MSP will convene a roundtable summit in a bid to improve the situation.

Residents of Waterstein, who are less than a mile from Neist Point Lighthouse, raised concerns with their constituency MSP during a local surgery earlier in the summer.

The small township is on the four-mile single track road from Glendale to the iconic tourist hotspot, and due to the volume of cars and campervans coming down to the lighthouse, the stretch is dominated by convoys of traffic – meaning that locals can’t get in or out of Waterstein.

Kate Forbes MSP said: “Clearly, the residents of Waterstein have witnessed traffic getting busier and busier every year.

“This year, once again, there was traffic backed up for miles. It is a long, single-track road with very few passing places.

“The number of people wanting to visit Neist Point clearly puts pressure on the road. We need a plan of action and I hope that in getting people together we will be able to deliver that.”

Attendees at the meeting include representatives from Police Scotland, Highland Council, the Glendale Estate, Glendale Community Council and local villagers.

Glendale Community Council recently held a public meeting for locals to raise concerns and suggest solutions. It is hoped that these ideas will feed into the roundtable.

The community also wrote to Margaret Davidson, Leader of the Highland Council, earlier in the year.

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