GOVERNMENT PLANS to introduce an aggregate tax have raised hackles in the Scottish Highlands.
Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber Member of the Scottish Parliament, Fergus Ewing, said: 'This will damage the Highland economy considerably.
'Already building costs are 30-40% above the Scottish average.
'An aggregates tax of £1.60/ tonne would massively add to those building costs.
'Secondly, the tax may put small quarries servicing local areas out of business.
'They will then need to obtain their aggregates from further afield. This will mean more heavy lorries on our roads travelling further and thus causing more environmental harm, 'Mr Ewing said.