View from the Cham­ber

The Oban Times - - News -

FOL­LOW­ING re­cent cam­paigns to raise the aware­ness of the poor con­di­tion and gen­eral un­suit­abil­ity of the A82 for both busi­ness and tourism, Lochaber Cham­ber of Com­merce has wel­comed the sum­mit an­nounced for June 23 by Trans­port Min­is­ter Humza Yousaf.

The sum­mit in­tends to dis­cuss the fu­ture of the sec­ond long­est road in Scot­land.

How­ever, dis­ap­point­ingly, the meet­ing is by in­vi­ta­tion only and will serve to high­light ex­ist­ing works rather than a strate­gic re­view.

Les­ley Ben­field, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Lochaber Cham­ber of Com­merce, com­mented re­cently: ‘ Lochaber is a vi­brant area of the High­lands which is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing high lev­els of growth in tourism and busi­ness in­vest­ment. While, on the face of it, the forth­com­ing sum­mit falls short of our ex­pec­ta­tions, it is a good op­por­tu­nity to get all the rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers in one room and to be given the op­por­tu­nity to be heard.’

She went on to say: ‘Our mem­bers will be well rep­re­sented at the meet­ing and in­clude Fer­gu­son Trans­port and Ship­ping, BSW Tim­ber, Shiel Buses and Lib­erty Smelter, all of whom have all re­cently an­nounced ma­jor ex­pan­sion plans in the area which will put the A82 un­der even more pres­sure.’

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