Logan makes VisitScotland plea

UPGRADING the Borders main roads is vital to increasing tourism in the area, according to Scottish Borders Council chief executive Tracey Logan.

Ms Logan, along with director of environment and infrastructure Rob Dickson, made the comment in a response to VisitScotland’s draft development plan consultation, to be considered by councillors today.

But the senior officials also criticised VisitScotland’s for failing to include councils in putting together the document.

Ms Logan and Mr Dickson wrote: “It is concerning that this plan has been developed with all the executive agencies of Scottish Government, but that there is no mention of COSLA (Convention of Scottish Local Authorities) or local authority involvement in developing this document.

“In view of the focus on spatial planning, and the link to local development plans, it would have made sense to seek more input at an earlier stage from COSLA and local authority representatives.”

As well as suggesting improvements to the A1, A7 and A68, SBC’s response also discussed the possibility of Eyemouth port being used for cruise and leisure boats, better hotel and self-catering accommodation and opportunities around the Borders Railway, mountain-biking and diving.

Around 5,000 jobs are supported in the Borders by tourism, generating £170million for the region’s economy.

VisitScotland say its national development plan will aim to grow the tourism industry in Scotland up to 2020.