The photo is of the author when she climbed Kilimanjaro
LETTER TO THE MAIL IN RESPONSE TO THEIR ARTICLE IN THE DAILY MAIL OF 3RD NOVEMBER 2018
I am a Belfast based journalist working on environmental problems in the north of Scotland, having lived at Dunnet Head, the most northerly point of the UK mainland for many years. The proposed rocket is not the only project which could end in environmental disaster for Scotland. They have both been put forward by Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
I wonder if you would be interested in printing this letter as a starting point, and commissioning me to write further articles about the situation in Scotland, political and environmental.
I refer to your article in the Mail on Saturday 3rd November regarding the proposed rocket for Sutherland. This is just another ludicrous scheme put forward by Highlands and Islands Enterprise whose employees are singularly unqualified to make such decisions. I wonder, have they asked themselves about the supply chain to such a major project and how they will get mountains of equipment to such a remote spot? There are many single track roads in the area, many of which have been ruined by the extra traffic due to the NC500, increasing the Highland Council’s road maintenance budget which is already overstretched. Are they following EU Directives on Sustainable Tourism and Climate Change? One doubts if they even know what they are. Have they indeed done a feasibility study? They didn’t apply the said Directives when they developed the NC500. Where exactly are all those caravans and motor homes dumping their waste?
I urge the Mail to act quickly to campaign to get this project stopped, as well as the pending environmental disaster which is unfolding in the precious Peatlands, supported by no less than the RSPB.
I hope you can help.