Kilmallie council hears concerns over tourism surge after lockdown

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There is local anxiety in Lochaber that the area could be swamped by tourists and visitors desperate to enjoy some freedom once movement restrictions are relaxed as part of changes to the coronavirus lockdown.

At this week’s meeting of Kilmallie Community Council – held on Monday night virtually via the online video conferencing platform Zoom – members heard that the tourism industry was looking towards a mid-July or beginning of August restart.

Council chair, Colin Wood, whose family runs the Linnhe Lochside Holidays business at Corpach, told the meeting: ‘A lot of the industry is looking towards restrictions possibly easing about middle July, or beginning of August.

‘I think it useful to perhaps warn people that is the industry point of view – that we could get a flood of people into this area when the lockdown eases up for the tourism sector. I think it important people are aware of this.’

Council vice-chairman, John Hutchison, added: ‘I think people are quite anxious about all this, that we are going to be overwhelmed by people coming from the cities.’