Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism Fergus Ewing MSP met with Highland members of Scottish Land & Estates in Inverness on Friday 11 November to hear from rural business leaders of some of the barriers they face when developing new enterprises.
Mr Ewing listened carefully to concerns raised about lengthy planning delays, high costs associated with developing micro hydro schemes, conflicts between access legislation and business development, and a range of other matters.
Fergus Ewing, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism and MSP for Inverness and Nairn, said: “ I was keen to hear the experience of business people in the countryside in dealing with permission and regulatory bodies. It is vitally important that we deal quickly with unnecessary bureaucracy to allow rural Scotland to play its part in growing our economy and delivering on our renewable energy strategy.”
Gordon Robertson, Chairman SL&E Highland Committee, said: “ Scottish Land & Estates appreciates the opportunity to engage with the Scottish Government at Ministerial level and particularly with the Minster for Energy, Enterprise & Tourism on his own patch. Mr Ewing’s continuing interest in assisting rural businesses should give a boost of confidence to our sector.”