Plan for Outer Hebrides Countryside Trust

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The Comhairle, in partnership with SNH, has commissioned a study into the establishment of a Countryside Trust in the Outer Hebrides.

Initial thinking is that the Trust could be formed as a vehicle for the management and maintenance of the Hebridean Way. The Hebridean Way Project - which is due to be completed in the Summer of 2015 - will see the creation of a long-distance walking route and a distinct cycling route through the Outer Hebrides. Funded by SNH, the Comhairle and the European Regional Development Fund, the Hebridean Way is expected to make a major contribution to tourism and economic development across the islands.

The proposed Trust could also potentially support the delivery of other outdoor access, marine, coastal and biodiversity projects across the Outer Hebrides. The proposal recognises that CnES and SNH need to find a more sustainable partnership mechanism for working together with other key stakeholders to deliver and maintain projects of environmental, economic and community benefit to local communities.

It is vital that the study is informed by views from public, private and third sector organisations including community groups and businesses – as well as interested individuals.

Questionnaires can be completed on Survey Monkey by clicking on the following link www.surveymonkey.com/s/OHCT

Public meetings will be held at the following times:

Stornoway Town Hall, Lewis

Monday 27 April 2015

6pm

Bays Community Centre, Harris

Tuesday 28 April 2015

6pm

Balivanich Hall, Benbecula

Wednesday 29 April 2015

6pm

Castlebay Hall, Barra

Thursday 30 April 2015

6pm