Abattoir plans move forward as Portree site is identified

An abattoir for Skye and Lochalsh has moved a step closer with a preferred site identified.

Project officer Rachael Jackson said a number of sites have been thoroughly investigated, looking for a central location, ease of access, availability of power, water and drainage, and suitable ground conditions.

She added: “We have identified a site within Portree Industrial Estate as meeting these criteria and have held initial discussions with the owner, Highlands and Islands Enterprise. If we manage to secure the site, we can move towards a formal planning application and put together a funding package. We have been extremely encouraged by the overwhelmingly positive response from both consumer and producer groups in the wider community as the project has moved forward. A public meeting will be held to launch the proposals in the early springtime.”

The micro-abattoir is being promoted by local producer collective Skye and Lochalsh Meat Supply Group, supported by the Scottish Crofting Federation. It will be community owned and run to provide a meat processing service for the area’s crofters and farmers, resulting in an effective supply chain for local meat produce, total traceability, reduced food miles and improved animal welfare.

The project officer’s post is being supported by Edinbane Community Company, Struan Community Trust, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Highland Council.