Park­ing charges are driv­ing tourists away

The Oban Times - - Letters -

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.

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