The Highland Council
‘the Council has neither the staff nor the financial resources to lead or be closely involved in every such initiative and as such will make decisions on which should be prioritised at any given time. In this case the North Highland Way is not one of the potential initiatives the Council has elected to take forward, preferring that such developments be led by interested parties at a local level.’ 8th April 2019. We have asked for all the minutes and agendas from the Sustainable Development Committee proving that this decision was made at Committee level.
We are now taking it forward at a local level, but THC are responsible for economic development, and should play their part. There are a number of new employees in the tourism section. Of course they want it taken at local level, so they don’t have to pay. Two groups were set up, one a community group (the Dunnet Head Educational Trust) and a business group under LetsGoNorth. Neither were supported by the Highland Council. We want to know why.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Spent five years trying to extract information from me free of charge. Lack of knowledge of economics is astounding, yet they will back NC500 and the damage the extra traffic has caused.
What is HIE?
What do they do?
- 1. Attempt to block the North Highland Way project
- 2. Give money to an organisation so that the roads are ruined, there is negative impact on the local crofting communities and the local population. You can retrieve reports under FOI about the state of the roads from THC, on the local crofting communities from Cambridge University, and the impact on the local populace from Stirling University. I am sorry, I cannot retrieve these for you. I am not allowed to redistribute.
- 3. Tell untruths. See Roy Kirk’s emails below where he says he will set up a meeting then reneges on the arrangement. He said there is “no appetite” for a meeting. Ian Mitchell (SNH) and Matt Dent (THC) both say they were not consulted back in March 2018.
- 4. Email to Mrs. Buxton – never replied to
- “As stated, please provide the details of the Finance Department. HIE have wasted my time, the walk leader and the hotel have both lost money as Roy has forced me to cancel the walking festival. I have spent more time dealing with his failings, than I have marketing the festival. This must, and will be, paid for. You are Roy’s superior, if not line manager, and should be aware of any failings of his from his annual reviews. I assume you do these in HIE? We certainly did in the banks. It is not good enough for you to say that you do not know what he has been working on, especially with a project of this type. You are well aware of the project. We had a similar situation a couple of years ago when you attempted to extract a business plan and feasibility study from me for free. We are customers and we expect customer service. In the private sector, organisations are sued for not providing a service. This is no different. It is noted from recent court cases that the courts have found in favour before and we are confident that they will again.
If you do not provide the information requested, ie the details of the Finance Department, I will raise another complaint and add another £200 (a day rate) to the bill for wasting my time today.”
Failure to provide the details will result in another complaint against you personally under the heading
- Failures by HIE:
- http://www.robedwards.com/2010/02/highland-agency-under-fire-for-bad-practice-over-mountain-railway.htmlNo response from Charlotte Wright, Head of HIE, no response from Anna Miller, Tourism Executive in Inverness, or from Sandra Dunbar “Business Executive” who doesn’t understand that research and other documentation does not come free of charge, especially when she cannot even be bothered to read the specification. I have still not received information about what she expects in a business plan, which she says she wants.. free of charge of course. There will be another complaint to the SPSO shortly.On 29th August we asked HIE (Roy Kirk, Carroll Buxton and Anna Miller – the latter’s auto response was on as usual – I have never received a reply from her) if the EU Directive on Sustainable Tourism had been considered when developing the NC500 project. They have 20 days to respond. I am a very patient person. They never did respond so will have to bear the consequences….
- “Enterprise” is a misnomer in their case.