Badenoch members' delight at extra Holyrood funding
Badenoch's MSP has welcomed the First Minister’s announcement that the Scottish Government’s Rural Tourism Infrastructure will have £3m extra funding and be extended to 2020/21.
The fund has helped to develop and maintain key infrastructure and facilities at Highland tourist hotspots such as Glenmore, almost halfand almost half of the original £6m package of funding allocated to projects in Kate Forbes’ Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch constituency.
Nicola Sturgeon confirmed the news as she announced the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government for the upcoming year.
Ms Forbes (SNP) said: “The Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund has been an invaluable resource for communities in my constituency and I am delighted that it has been extended again.
“The RTIF was first created to meet the very problems highlighted by my constituents, and it has certainly helped do so. In places right across my constituency the RTIF has truly empowered communities to solve local problems.
“The rapid increase in tourism in rural areas inevitably put pressure on parking, toileting and camper van facilities and RTIF has targeted funding at the places that need it most.
“I am particularly pleased that so much of this funding has gone to places in my constituency and I hope to see even more out of this new tranche continuing to relieve pressures.”
To date, £2,973,181 has been allocated to projects in the Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch constituency.