Much has been said in recent years about the contribution/or the lack of it, motorhomes
makes towards the local economy and much more has been said since Alasdair Allan
MSP proposed a levy on motorhomes coming to the Western Isles.
This proposal is the most ill thought out I have ever heard along with the suggestion
made by Micheal Macleod of the Isle of Barra to impose this levy and put it towards
camping facilities. If one was to start a business eg. a hotel, shop, or garage and
suggest charging the customer for services to be provided in two or three years time
such a suggestion would be laughable.
The Western Isles is very poorly prepared for tourism in general and camping and
caravaning/motorhoming in particular. My advice from experience as a motorhome owner
is to provide the service first and then charge for it accordingly. If the service
is there, tourists do not begrudge paying for it, but expecting people to pay for
something that is non established and non existent is only going to deter visitors.
Word would soon circulate via associations such as the Camping and Caravan Club about
such a levy and visitors would avoid the added expense being added on to the already
extra expense of ferry fares.
My advice to Dr Alasdair Allan SNP MSP is, "provide the services first and then charge
accordingly." I am willing to give him further advice if he wishes to contact me.