Parking charges are driving tourists away
Sir, I have just returned from an exhilarating family holiday on the Isle of Iona. On reading The Oban Times of June 1, I note that under Argyll and Bute Council’s off-street parking places and charges (Isle of Mull) order 2017, I will in future be charged for leaving our vehicle in the currently free car park at Fionnphort.
Diesel and ferry costs for travel from the south of England are about £250 for a family of four, even after the welcome reduction in CalMac fares. I fear that any further charges could be the tipping point – we can be in Normandy for less than £100.
I have no idea what the parking fees will be (the council invites queries on its website, but a search for ‘Fionnphort off-street parking’ results in a message telling me I am not authorised to access this information), but I fear that a seven-day stay on Iona will no longer be in next year’s holiday plans. Mike Jones, 4 Oak Close, Pinhoe, Exeter.