HC support Ardnamurchan access restriction

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Highland Council has agreed to support an application to continue blocking public access to an area of land adjacent to Kentra Bay in Ardnamurchan.
At a meeting of the council’s Planning, Development and Infrastructure Committee last week (January 25), Councillor Thomas MacLennan reported that there was ‘overwhelming’ support for the show from the local community and nobody had lodged any objections to the proposed extension to the access exemption.
KEO films was originally granted a land order in March 2016 to restrict access to a 2.4 square kilometer area at Gorteneorn for a year to film wilderness survival reality show Eden.
There was some initial concern from the local community and questions were raised about the authenticity of the show, with many people saying the location was not as isolated as the film-makers were making out.
Questions were also asked when the show mysteriously went off the air after only a small number of episodes were broadcast.
However, once filming was under way, support for the project grew and towards the end of last year, KEO revealed that it would be applying to extend the restriction so filming could carry on for another year, until March 2018.
The council will now forward the agreed land order for consultation by Scottish ministers, who will make the final decision.
Councillor MacLennan added that if the order is approved, and filming continues, he hopes it will benefit the area.
‘Hopefully, we will see a boost in tourism in the year to come,’ he said.