Andy Anderson - The Skye Bridge Story (2nd Hand Hardback)
The story of the Skye Bridge tolls ran for more than ten years.
It is a story that goes right to the heart of government policy - the Skye Bridge was the first Public Finance Initiative in the UK, where a public project is built by private capital and the builder charges for the facility for years to come.
The Skye and Lochalsh community felt a strong sense of injustice about what was being imposed on them from afar and The Skye Bridge Story is an entertaining and gripping account of events.
Richly illustrated and presented as a bilingual Gaelic / English text, this book is a life-affirming account of what is possible when people exercise their sense of justice.
- Format : Standard 2nd Hand Hardback with Dust Jacket
- Condition : Very Good
- Category : Non-Fiction - Scotland
- Published : 2008
- ISBN : 9781906134198
- SKU : B000759
- PPC : LL790gm
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
"I love this book. It's the true story of how a rural community in the Gaidhealtachd/Highlands and Islands of Scotland beat the establishment at their own game. In 1995, the Eilean Sgitheanach/Isle of Skye was linked to the mainland for the first time by a bridge. But this was no ordinary bridge. It was a toll bridge, owned by a consortium of American banks.
The idea was that the investors in the PPP would "recoup" their outlay by charging the locals of one of the most under-developed parts of the UK whenever they needed to travel to or back from the mainland. But the locals were having none of it. The numbers of people refusing to pay the toll were such that the bridge was continually blocked as people were arrested and their vehicles towed away. But the locals were not intimidated, and despite imprisonment in Glaschu/Glasgow, they kept fighting through the courts, right up to the House of Lords, until the tolls were scrapped." - Goodreads Review.
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