Local consultation meetings for Scottish Marine Regions

UNDER new marine legislation a planning system is being introduced for the seas around the coast of Scotland.

As part of the government’s consultation on Scottish Marine Regions, Marine Scotland is keen to hear the views of local people, fishermen, marine organisations and others with an interest in the coast and inshore waters around the Hebrides on the extent of new geographical areas to be created for local marine planning.

Public meetings, organised by CoastHebrides, are to be held in Stornoway at the Bayhead Bridge Centre on Wednesday, February 2, starting at 2.30pm; and in Benbecula at An Caladh, East Camp, Balivanich, on Friday February 4, starting at 12.30pm.

Teas and coffees will be provided in Stornoway from 2pm, and a sandwich lunch made available in Benbecula from 12.30pm.

The programme will include a presentation from Anna Donald, Head of the Marine Strategy Branch in Marine Scotland as well as an open forum for questions and discussion.

The Marine Regions will have significant implications for the Outer Hebrides as they will allow for local accountability and input to decision-making to this new planning system.

CoastHebrides encourages everyone with an interest to come along to one of the events where you can hear more about the proposals and put forward your views and comments.

The consultation will close on February 18 and the document and questions can be found on the Scottish Government website and copies will be available at the meetings.

Information is also available on the CoastHebrides website www.coasthebrides.co.uk