EFRA Commons Select Committee Meeting 16th November 2016


On Wednesday 16th November 2016 the EFRA (Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) Select Committee meets – the topic for discussion is “The challenges for marketing & supporting the visitor economy in Englands’ rural coast & countryside”

Three key players in the UK Tourism Industry – representing Visit Britain, Welcome To Yorkshire & Northumberland Tourism – are present at the meeting to advise the committtee

James Walsh, Ecologist & Author, has written personally to all three representatives & these letters are being published on The Northern Spring


Letter to Patricia Yates

Director of Strategy & Communications Visit Britain & Visit England



Dear Patricia,

I am writing to you regarding the EFRA Commons Select Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday 16th November 2016

My name is James Walsh, I’m an Ecologist with more than 30 years of global field Ecology & EcoTourism experience

I have EcoTourism & Tourism qualifications gained at TAFE College in Cairns, Tropical North Australia & an Ecology degree gained at the University of Salford, Northern England

I heard about the EFRA Commons Select Committee meeting from a colleague & wish to state my thoughts

I have recently started a career as an author and I am currently writing several books that include books called

“NEET – North England EcoTourism”

“The Northern Greenhouse – A New Vision of The North”

Both books look at the promotion of Northern England, “NEET” is an attempt to get the North of England Tourism industry up to speed with the growing global EcoTourism sector & “The Northern Greenhouse” is a more general overview on how we can power the North on renewable energy and increase real sustainable agriculture

One of my main concerns at this stage is the negative implications that a fracking industry could have on the Tourism & Agriculture industry in the North and many businesses and citizens here in the North share this concern – yes, fracking could make a few thousand short-term specialist jobs, with perhaps a short-term boost for some accommodation providers & some local businesses, but what many people are exceptionally stressed & worried about is the long-term effects that a fracking industry could have in terms of loss of jobs within the Tourism & Agriculture sector due to pollution! Frack Free Lancashire have collected signatures from hundreds of Lancashire business that do not want a fracking industry to start

I spoke along with many other Lancashire people in summer 2015 at the Lancashire County Council fracking hearings & the local council voted against fracking – the government should respect this!

I believe that we in the Tourism industry should be collectively promoting a Green Britain to be competitive with countries who are growing their EcoTourism, Renewable Energy & Agriculture sectors

Yours faithfully

Mr James Walsh

Twitter: @MancunianBirder







Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s