Open day showcases plans for new Staffin seafood factory

An open day was held in Staffin hall in north Skye last weekend to showcase plans for a new seafood processing facility in the area.

Alex MacInnes, one of the developers behind the project, said over 100 people attended the event.
He added: “The attendance and the level of engagement exceeded our expectations and the Skye Sea Harvest team would like to express their sincere appreciation to all members of the community who came out to meet us, Neil Robertson from the West Coast Langoustine Co-operative and particularly for the support of the Staffin Community Trust.

“The open day was held at a very early stage in the process and was designed to engage fully with the community and obtain their feedback rather than presenting a proposal that may not have addressed any concerns that they had.”

The team were able to show various plans for the proposed development in partnership with the Staffin Community Trust. They provided an overview of the aquaculture industry and ran DVDs of the proposed processing plant and potential building designs.

“We were able to go into detail of timescales in respect of the submission of a planning application and potential first production within two to three years,” added Mr MacInnes. “The next stage is to begin a number of surveys in respect of roads, pier, seabed, services and hold more in depth discussions with the various agencies and stakeholders.

“Further updates and progress meetings will be held on dates still to be decided with the Staffin Community Trust and in turn the wider local community.”