“I welcome Crown Estate Scotland’s announcement that the detailed plans we submitted are being taken forward in this way.”
A hike in Council Tax and rises across many council services except those ring fenced by the Scottish Government has been agreed to by councillors in Orkney.
“We expect the service to be fully funded by the Government – a precedent set 12 months ago when full funding was awarded for the first time after years of campaigning by the Council.”
““We considered the potential effects on sectors of key importance to the local economy, including farming, fisheries and tourism.”
“We are calling on the Government to take an honourable approach to fulfilling the will of the Scottish Parliament that we should receive fair and equitable funding for our inter-island ferry service.
“Since April our Strategic Projects team has been looking at at how best to take forward a major project of this kind.”
“Similar funding was secured in January for the current financial year after considerable lobbying by the Council – a major breakthrough for us.”
” The pilot will demonstrate the effective implementation of a new way of doing business, with decisions to lease seabed assets around Orkney (to 12 nautical miles) taken within the local community through a robust local democratic process.”
“We put forward a strong and innovative case for local decision making and how this could be managed in ways that best meet the needs of our community.”
James Stockan Sets Up Future Meetings with Scottish Government Ministers