Arran en­ter­prise in the spot­light

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The ar­rival of the Scot­tish Cabi­net to Arran for its cabi­net meet­ing and pub­lic dis­cus­sion brought with it a num­ber of cabi­net sec­re­taries who took the op­por­tu­nity to visit in­dus­tries rel­e­vant to their port­fo­lios.

Ow­ing to ferry dis­rup­tion, with the break­down of the MV Isle of Arran, the min­is­te­rial vis­its were re­duced in scope and scale, how­ever, many still man­aged to pay brief vis­its be­fore at­tend­ing the cabi­net meet­ing.

Cabi­net Sec­re­tary for Trans­port, In­fra­struc­ture and Con­nec­tiv­ity Mr Mi- chael Mathe­son MSP ar­rived off the ferry to be of­fi­cially wel­comed by cal­mac Port Man­ager Colin McCort.

In Lam­lash mem­bers of Com­mu­nity of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST) met Cabi­net Sec­re­tary Roseanna Cun­ning­ham MSP and showed her around the Oc­to­pus Cen­tre where she learned of the valu­able work be­ing un­der­taken by mem­bers in pre­serv­ing Arran’s ma­rine life and bio­di­ver­sity.

Also in Lam­lash at the HM Coastguard Sta­tion, Cabi­net Sec­re­tary for Jus­tice Huma Yousaf MSP, met HM Coastguard Sta­tion Of­fi­cer Fiona Laing and as­so­ci­ates, along with Sergeant Dougie Robert­son and In­spec­tor Colin Con­very of Strath­clyde Po­lice.

Dis­cussing

Deputy Team Leader Ewan McKin­non and Robert Waine of Arran Moun­tain Res­cue Team joined in the meet­ing of emer­gency ser­vices per­son­nel who spent some time dis­cussing op­er­a­tional pro­cesses with the min­is­ter.

Mr Yousaf ex­pressed his ap­pre­ci­a­tion for their ded­i­ca­tion and ser­vice and was par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in how the var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions worked to­gether.

In ad­di­tion to th­ese vis­its, there were also meet­ings with Vis­i­tAr­ran by the Cabi­net Sec­re­tary for Cul­ture, Europe and Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Fiona Hys­lop MSP; a Brexit dis­cus­sion with Cabi­net Sec­re­tary for Gov­ern­ment Busi­ness and Con­sti­tu­tional Re­la­tions Michael Rus­sell MSP; and a visit to the Lam­lash War Memo­rial Hospi­tal by Cabi­net Sec­re­tary for Health, Well­be­ing and Sport Jeane Free­man MSP.

Cabi­net Sec­re­tary for En­vi­ron­ment and Cli­mate Change Roseanna Cun­ning­ham meets COAST chair­man Howard Wood and direc­tor Paul Chan­dler, along with team mem­bers and re­searchers.

No stranger to Arran, Cabi­net Sec­re­tary for Fi­nance and the Con­sti­tu­tion Derek Mackay greets Cal­Mac Port Man­ager Colin McCort.

North Ayr­shire Coun­cil leader Coun­cil­lor Joe Cul­li­nane ar­rives on Arran.

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