VIDEO: Our Islands Our Future conference gets underway

The Our Islands Our Future conference gets underway in Orkney today (Thursday).

Delegates from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Orkney Islands Council and Shetlands Islands Council are taking part in the two day event.

The islands launched a joint campaign this summer to push for the position of the islands to be fully taken into account in the new constitutional arrangements for Scotland, whatever the outcome of the referendum.

They are seeking additional powers and resources to give the islands a greater ability to shape their destinies.

These could include:

Control of the sea bed around the islands, allowing revenues currently paid to the Crown Estate to be channelled into local needs.

New grid connections to the Scottish mainland to allow world class wave, tidal and wind energy resources to generate maximum benefits for the islands.

New fiscal arrangements to allow the islands to benefit more directly from the harvesting of local resources, including renewable energy and fisheries.

Clear recognition of the status of the three island groups in the new Scottish Constitutional Settlement and within the European Governance Frame.

Keep logging on to the Stornoway Gazette website for updates from the conference.

Take a look at a video created by the three councils to promote their part in the campaign.