Ken­tra Bay

The Oban Times - - DISTRICTS -

HIGH­LAND Coun­cil has agreed to sup­port an ap­pli­ca­tion to con­tinue block­ing pub­lic ac­cess to an area of land ad­ja­cent to Ken­tra Bay in Ard­na­mur­chan.

At a meet­ing of the coun­cil’s Plan­ning, De­vel­op­ment and In­fra­struc­ture Com­mit­tee last week (Jan­uary 25), Coun­cil­lor Thomas MacLen­nan re­ported that there was ‘over­whelm­ing’ sup­port for the show from the lo­cal com­mu­nity and no­body had lodged any ob­jec­tions to the pro­posed ex­ten­sion to the ac­cess ex­emp­tion.

KEO films was orig­i­nally granted a land or­der in March 2016 to re­strict ac­cess to a 2.4 square kilo­me­ter area at Gorte­ne­orn for a year to film wilder­ness sur­vival re­al­ity show Eden.

There was some ini­tial con­cern from the lo­cal com­mu­nity and ques­tions were raised about the au­then­tic­ity of the show, with many peo­ple say­ing the lo­ca­tion was not as iso­lated as the film-mak­ers were mak­ing out.

Ques­tions were also asked when the show mys­te­ri­ously went off the air af­ter only a small num­ber of episodes were broad­cast.

How­ever, once filming was un­der way, sup­port for the project grew and to­wards the end of last year, KEO re­vealed that it would be ap­ply­ing to ex­tend the re­stric­tion so filming could carry on for an­other year, un­til March 2018.

The coun­cil will now for­ward the agreed land or­der for con­sul­ta­tion by Scot­tish min­is­ters, who will make the fi­nal de­ci­sion.

Coun­cil­lor MacLen­nan added that if the or­der is ap­proved, and filming con­tin­ues, he hopes it will ben­e­fit the area.

‘Hope­fully, we will see a boost in tourism in the year to come,’ he said.

Eden went off the air but is set to con­tinue.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.