Light­house funds not from Trin­ity

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - AGENDA -

SIR, – Mark Open­shaw is in­cor­rect in his as­ser­tion that Trin­ity House pay for Scot­tish light­houses.

A lit­tle re­search would have re­vealed that the “light dues” are paid to the Gen­eral Light­house Fund by ves­sels us­ing all Bri­tish Isles ports (in­clud­ing Ire­land).

Scot­tish and Isle of Man light­houses are ad­min­is­tered by the North­ern Light­house Board; those in Eng­land, Wales, the Chan­nel Is­lands and Gi­bral­tar by Trin­ity House; and Ire­land (north and south) by Irish Lights.

Given that the fund pays for Irish Lights, it would pre­sum­ably con­tinue to do the same for North­ern Light­house Board af­ter in­de­pen­dence.

Un­less the rest of the UK de­cides to be bloody-minded about it.

Alan John­ston, Clifton Road,

Aberdeen

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