Consultation held on islands plan

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Arran residents turned out in their dozens to help shape the National Islands Plan last week.

The Scottish Government are holding a series of consultation events across the country to hear about the challenges islanders face and how these issues could be addressed as part of the development of the plan.

They visited Brodick hall on Wednesday May 22, when more than 70 islanders took part in what was  described as ‘a unique and exciting opportunity to shape future policy and strategy’.


The Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 was granted royal assent in July 2018 and one of the key measures in the Act requires everyone who makes or designs new polices, strategies or services to consider how these will impact on islands. One of the ways that this will operate is through Island Communities Impact Assessments.

In wide-ranging round table discussions people had the chance to give views on both the islands plan and the impact assessments, which will help authorities formulate, and guide them on how these will operate.

One resident who attended said: ‘It would have been nice to see some younger faces.’ However there is also an online consultation at consult.gov.uk (search for the National Islands Plan) for any younger residents interested in giving their views or email info@islandsteam.scot if you would prefer a hard copy of the consultation document.

 


Dr Francesco Sindico of Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance outlines the island plan. 01_B22island01

Don Morrison of the Scottish Government Islands Team give the background to the consultation. 01_B22island02