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Full con­sul­ta­tion is promised

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Sir, I read with in­ter­est the Ar­ran Ban­ner ar­ti­cle dated Septem­ber 9 re­gard­ing our plans to de­velop our site at Lam­lash and the sub­se­quent let­ters pub­lished in the fol­low­ing week’s is­sue.

I fully ap­pre­ci­ate that this is a topic that some in the lo­cal com­mu­nity feel strongly about. We will be un­der­tak­ing a full pro­gramme of con­sul­ta­tion with lo­cal res­i­dents and or­gan­i­sa­tions to lis­ten to their views and con­cerns.

In the mean­time, I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to ex­plain more about the de­vel­op­ment and what this means for Ar­ran.

The Scot­tish Salmon Com­pany’s op­er­a­tions are 100 per cent Scot­land based and Lam­lash is one of 60 sites we op­er­ate across the west coast and He­brides.

It was one of the first fish farms in Scot­land and has been op­er­at­ing suc­cess­fully on Ar­ran for about 30 years. As a com­pany we are fiercely proud of its her­itage.

While our in­tended plans for the site will in­crease its ca­pac­ity, its lo­ca­tion foot­print will re­main sim­i­lar and we will be in­vest­ing in mod­ernising the equip­ment.

Our cur­rent Lam­lash site lies within the South Ar­ran MPA; it is lo­cated ap­prox­i­mately 1.2km away from the near­est MPA fea­ture and is also around 1.5km from the No Take Zone.

By de­vel­op­ing the site in the cur­rent lo­ca­tion, we in­tend to min­imise any ad­di­tional po­ten­tial en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts on the in­tegrity of the MPA and NTZ.

At all times we op­er­ate with ut­most con­sid­er­a­tion and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for this sur­round­ing nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.

As part of the plan­ning ex­er­cise we will be un­der­tak­ing a full En­vi­ron­men­tal Im­pact As­sess­ment. In­deed, we will be sub­mit­ting a Screen­ing and Scop­ing re­quest to North Ayr­shire Coun­cil in the com­ing weeks with re­gards to this as­sess­ment which will rig­or­ously ex­am­ine any po­ten­tial ef­fects of in­creas­ing the vol­ume of fish at the farm. We ad­here to the high­est lev­els of en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion across all our sites but we will work closely with key stake­hold­ers to iden­tify any fur­ther mea­sures which would be re­quired.

The salmon in­dus­try is a vi­tal driver of the Scot­tish econ­omy and we are known the world over for the qual­ity of our pro­duce.

On Ar­ran we pro­vide five peo­ple with sta­ble full-time em­ploy­ment with a com­bined ser­vice of 50 years. We in­vest heav­ily in train­ing for all mem­bers of our team and we want to pro­vide not just jobs to the lo­cal area but qual­ity, sus­tain­able em­ploy­ment.

The de­vel­op­ment of our site at Lam­lash will only en­hance these op­por­tu­ni­ties and also in­crease our con­tri­bu­tion to the re­gional econ­omy through our com­mit­ment to lo­cal sourc­ing.

We use more than 20 sup­pli­ers and ser­vices in North Ayr­shire, in­clud­ing Ar­ran, and re­cently com­mis­sioned three new work boats built in Ar­ran rep­re­sent­ing a six­fig­ure in­vest­ment.

Over the com­ing weeks and months we will be en­gag­ing with the lo­cal com­mu­nity to gather their views and share more in­for­ma­tion on our pro­pos­als.

We have been an ac­tive mem­ber of the Ar­ran com­mu­nity for many years, from sup­port­ing the Brod­ick High­land Games to work­ing with lo­cal schools on health and well­be­ing. We are fully com­mit­ted to con­tin­u­ing this strong re­la­tion­ship through­out the con­sul­ta­tion process and I hope we can count on your sup­port.

Yours, Craig An­der­son CEO The Scot­tish Salmon Com­pany

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