Peo­ple and wildlife are not in con­flict

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, I was re­ally sad to read that lo­cal MSP Kate Forbes thinks that the High­lands can ei­ther ac­com­mo­date wildlife or young cou­ples, but not both (‘A gen­er­a­tion at risk, warns MSP’, The Oban

Times, Jan­uary 5). Gen­er­a­tions of High­land cul­ture have ap­pre­ci­ated our very spe­cial en­vi­ron­ment. So does our modern tourist in­dus­try, where thou­sands come to our area to en­joy the very ‘arte­facts’ that Ms Forbes dis­misses.

Clearly, she is just not cor­rect; peo­ple are not an en­dan­gered species, ei­ther in the High­lands or any­where else in the world.

Although it is ac­cepted that in our area there is a lack of hous­ing for cer­tain needs, there are plenty of places where homes can be built where they do not clash with wildlife. Sen­si­tive plan­ning can eas­ily ac­com­mo­date both peo­ple and wildlife, and it is un­help­ful of Ms Forbes to set them up in op­po­si­tion to each other.

For what it’s worth, at a re­cent lo­cal plan­ning meet­ing, High­land plan­ners stated that 95 per cent of plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions in High­land are ap­proved, which doesn’t sound par­tic­u­larly ‘dra­co­nian’.

As our MSP, Ms Forbes has a re­spon­si­bil­ity to ad­dress the many real is­sues that af­fect young peo­ple. Con­flict with wildlife is not one of them. Su­san­nah Calderan, Canal House, Banavie, Fort Wil­liam.

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