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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Marketing the Uist rocket range

The Council have apparently received a letter from Quentin Davies, Defence Minister, former Tory MP, and owner of the bell tower that expenses really weren't claimed for, promising that next year will see the launching of a campaign to market the Rocket Range to potential customers.

More significantly, he has asked his officials to assist with planning for diversifying the economy of the islands to reduce the dependence upon the range facility.

The over-dependence - reliance - was of course, something that the late Donnie Stewart MP often warned about.

This move is to be warmly welcomed, and should be supported, but fully in the knowledge that it is a double-edged sword.

If the range - in the words of Mr Davies - is too economically intertwined with the local economy to be closed, then by diversifying and growing the economy then the option for closure returns.

But let's not look a gift horse in the mouth, as long as we can avoid its bite.


Anonymous said...

So, added to the development officers at Storas Uibhist, those at WIE, the time servers at the council office, a few hangers on at Leader, sports development officers, and assorted community developers, all of whom draw deeply from the public purse... we now have the honorable Mr Davies blessing us with development officers from his esteemed department.

Should SEPA not be informed, as I fear that the biomass of said development officers is is in danger of exceeding the permitted density of 10kg per cubic metre. A good dose of lice treatment, sample weighing, and a swim through all in one day should do the thinning out job quite nicely. Assorted morts would of course be quietly buried after a short, but moving, service in Angus's burial ground in North Uist.

But before we resort to drastic action, please, can someone point to one single sustainable development that came from this scurvy lot.

Anonymous said...

Try Harris. Four Development Officers there and bugger all to show for it.