Tory MSP Halcro Johnston hails resilience of Nevis Range during visit

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The resilience of Fort William’s Nevis Range Mountain Experience in the face of Covid-19 challenges has been praised by an MSP.

Following a visit to the attraction last week, Highlands and Islands Conservative MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston also welcomed news of new investment in the site.

Mr Halcro Johnston, who is also Shadow Minister for Business and Tourism, as well as a member of the Scottish Parliament’s Economy Committee, was conducting an autumn recess tour of Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, visiting businesses, community groups and holding MSP advice surgeries.

However, he warned that a lack of available housing was impacting on rural businesses and more needed to be done to ensure suitable accommodation was available.

‘Growing sustainable all-year tourism is vital to Lochaber’s economy and Nevis Range’s plans can provide a major boost to the area,’ he added.

‘However, I know there are issues many local businesses are facing in recruiting and retaining staff, not made easier by the ongoing issue of a lack of available or affordable housing, something I have previously raised with the Scottish Government.

‘If we want people to live and work locally, we have to make sure there are homes available for them to do so.’