Highland MSP lays down Parliamentary Question on Castle Tioram
11 June 2007
Highlands and Islands Labour Regional MSP Peter Peacock has tabled a parliamentary question asking the Scottish Executive when it intends to instruct Historic Scotland to approve the plans of Anta Estates in relation to the restoration of Castle Tioram, in Ardnamurchan.
Mr Peacock said, "Castle Tioram is a historic ruin at the moment and Historic Scotland have repeatedly refused the owners of the castle permission to restore the building, preferring instead to see significant sums spent preserving it as a ruin.
"Antar Estates have plans to completely renovate the ruins and open part of the castle to the public.
"The project would employ many local tradesmen during the re-construction phase with further employment opportunities associated with staffing the castle and a proposed visitor centre.
"In a remote and rural area such as Ardnamurchan this would be a major employment boost, also giving tremendous long-term tourism benefits to the wider area.
"Historic Scotland has to date refused the applications for the work.
"This issue has been running for several years now and has enjoyed cross-party support in the Scottish Parliament and wide support from locals in the area.
"My parliamentary question asks the new executive when it will instruct Historic Scotland to approve Antar Estates plans.
"I have no doubt of the long-term benefits for Ardnamurchan, which would follow such a move and I will continue to lobby the Scottish Executive on this issue."
Parliamentary Question – To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to instruct Historic Scotland to approve the plans of Anta Estates Ltd relating to the restoration of Castle Tioram.
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