CENSUS data and current job patterns have worried a local MSP into questioning the sustainability of north coast communities.
Far north MSP Rob Gibson has contrasted the concerns of conservation organisations for maintaining breeding pairs of bird and natural heritage designations with the threat to human ‘breeding pairs’ in the Bettyhill, Strathy and Melvich areas.
There are an estimated 125 under 16-year-olds with the north west and central Sutherland ward having had just a 1.7 per cent increase in population between 2001 and 2011.
“Local people themselves have claimed they are the most endangered species in the far north. They did so to support the building of Strathy South wind project which is subject to a public inquiry starting on April 20,” said Mr Gibson.
“Ahead of this enquiry several large conservation organisations solely display concern for breeding pairs of birds.
“Without doubt breeding pairs of humans have reached a critical level in the area but the 56 to 68 age group is hitting a peak needing considerable extra care for an ageing human population.”