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New campervan scheme launched in Highlands in effort to boost infrastructure

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New campervan scheme launched in Highlands in effort to boost infrastructure

The new £40 Highland Campervan and Motorhome Scheme is understood to be the first of its kind launched by a UK council.

It is being aimed at socially conscious travellers, with those opting to pay for the seven-day pass helping to contribute towards improvements to the likes of public toilets and wastewater infrastructure.

The cost of the weekly pass will also provide inclusive overnight parking in specified car parks throughout the region.

It comes amid concerns tourists who bring their own accomodation with them are placing increasing demand on infrastructure with contributing significantly to the local economy

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A public consultation earlier this year saw residents suggest fees for campervans as a way of raising council income and maintaining and improving visitor infrastructure amid rising demand.

Allan Gunn, assistant chief executive (corporate) at Highland Council, said: “The launch of the Highland Campervan and Motorhome Scheme is understood to be the first of its kind by any UK local authority.

“Conscious travellers who opt for the seven-day pass have access to scheme benefits that will support continued improvements to services such as public toilets, wastewater infrastructure, and environmental and ecological protections.

“There is an identified need for facilities to accommodate campervans, motorhomes, roof tents and people who are using vehicles for short stayovers.

“This scheme offers an opportunity for the council to continue to support local priorities relating to tourism and visitor management. The Highland Council has also committed funds that will be invested towards improving the existing infrastructure and to provide more council-owned sites.”

A contribution from scheme payments will also be made to the Highland Restoration Fund which helps support projects that deliver nature restoration, safeguard wildlife and tackle the causes of biodiversity loss due to climate change.

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