Planning for Stromness is about to take another step forward with the publication later this month of the Local Place Plan.
Underpinning the Plan is the vision :
“Stromness is well established as a hub for pioneering energy technology, as a location for international arts, and as a quality tourist and vibrant shopping destination. Its rich heritage and deep-rooted fishing and marine history have been embraced and enhanced for the benefit of all”
The 6 Development Principles are to guide existing and future development of the town.
- Sustainablity: to be zero carbon by 2030
- A strong supported local economy: renewable energy,the arts, digital and fishing
- A vibrant town centre: more shops and eating places, reducing the number of empty shops, future development within walking/cycling distance from the centre.
- A quality design: reflecting local culture and which is colourful
- Multi functional play spaces: also food growing, conservation and accessible to all
- Community life: with a mixture of accommodation
The Plan will be available online from mid October once Orkney Islands Council and other stakeholders have been consulted.
All this will depend on funding and much of that did come from the EU in the past. With the UK set to leave the EU on 31st of October it is still not known if there will be the resources to fulfill the plan to make:
Stromness, A Place to:
Reporter: Fiona Grahame