Arran Economic Group sets its sights on 2030

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The Arran Economic Group have their sights set on the challenges and opportunities leading up to and including the new decade and will be discussing these topics at a public meeting next week.

The public meeting will take place on Wednesday January 22, between 6.15pm and 8.30pm, at Brodick hall. The format for this Arran 2030 meeting will be; overview, workshops, feedback, summary.

Chairman Tom Tracey said: ‘As we move into a new decade, the members of the Arran Economic Group have been forecasting what Arran could look like in 2030 and how collectively Arran and its community can help manage sustainable development. We looked at economic trends over the last 10 years, along with known plans, to indicate the direction of travel between now and 2030.

‘The objective is to identify what needs done to shape the inevitable change in favour of the Arran Community. Our start point is generally positive: Very high quality of life and consistent economic growth. On the downside, we have and ageing population and a chronic lack of affordable housing

‘Historic indicators and current plans suggest we need to define infrastructure and services to support an additional 100,000 tourists, spending £20m with 450 new residents and if nothing changes, 50,000 more vehicles movements in 2030 than we have now. Based on the known plans and proposals, we will have two 1000 passenger ferries and 5G network providing physical and digital connectivity. More affordable housing supporting more people. Health and Social Care, organisationally and physically integrated, supported by an expanding Third Sector. The scale of change will require a governance process that supports local decisions taken close to where their impact is felt. This “locality” principle drives the Local Authority initiative for Locality Planning. This is further reinforced in law, through the Islands Bill.

‘All this needs to be achieved whilst maintaining quality of life, the environment and the community spirit, which is the essence of the Island.

We would like to discuss the challenges of 2030 and some of the programs we will need to meet them, with a wider audience at the public meeting in the Brodick Hall.’

If you plan to attend the discussion on Arran 2030 Projections and Challenges, please confirm with