Are you sick of roadside campers leaving mess along the NC500? Are you worried about the impact heavy vehicles are having on our single track roads? Are you concerned about the impact all this is having on our public services?
Well I certainly am. I've drafted a letter to Nicola Sturgeon petitioning her to introduce a roadside campers congestion charge in the Highlands. Ideally, the profit would be ringfenced for investment in our roads and roadside facilities. It is simply unfair that us locals continue to bear the economic, environmental, and societal cost inflicted by an influx of campervans that our roads simply cannot accommodate.
I fully support our Tourism industry - and I want tourists to enjoy the beauty of the Far North - but whilst most visitors treat our beautiful environment with the love and respect that we locals do, unfortunately, some do not.
The NC500 has been a brilliant boost to the Far North, benefiting local hotels and businesses. However, for it to reach its full potential we need to see increased investment into the roads. Having a few hundred bicycles is not doing the damage – instead, it’s the very heavy campervans and motorhomes that crush our narrow single track roads, which Highland Council has to pick up the bill for.
If you agree with me that we need to take action and that a roadside campers congestion charge could be the way forward, read the letter below and consider adding your name to it.
You will need to provide your postcode so I can prove to Nicola that this is petition is coming from us locals!