Film in­dus­try needs code of con­duct

The Oban Times - - LETTERS - John Sin­clair, glen­co­eview­point@gmail.com

Sir,

The pub­lic view­points hotspot at Glen­coe is where hun­dreds of peo­ple visit daily but it was shut down for 48 hours for film­ing re­cently (Thursday and Fri­day, Septem­ber 28 and 29).

The let­ter of the law has been fol­lowed, but poor gov­er­nance and neg­a­tive part­ner­ship have been used.

The move also dis­rupted traf­fic on the A82 and there were road clo­sures over a two-hour pe­riod for a maximum of three min­utes per clo­sure.

I tried to open di­a­logue with all par­ties to re­solve this is­sue, but was ig­nored.

The film in­dus­try can and will be pos­i­tive for our na­tion but must be nur­tured to make it sus­tain­able for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

Film-in­duced tourism has been well re­searched and many aca­demic pa­pers have been writ­ten on this sub­ject. It has been shown a film can have decades of ef­fect on an area and can in­crease vis­i­tor traf­fic by 300 per cent soon after a film is re­leased.

Lo­cal re­sources and fund­ing must be in place first to man­age this re­source as fail­ure to plan can and has de­stroyed com­mu­ni­ties.

The law must be re­spected by all, and part of the aim of my protest is to mon­i­tor what hap­pens over these two days in a peace­ful and non-vi­o­lent man­ner.

There is no co-op­er­a­tion by the au­thor­i­ties to al­low this to hap­pen. I am re­ly­ing on the Hu­man Rights Act 1998, Article 11 to do this within the law.

I have the priv­i­lege to live in this area, which is for ev­ery­one to share and en­joy, and I have been cam­paign­ing to have a code of con­duct for the film in­dus­try in my com­mu­nity.

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