Arran enterprise in the spotlight
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.
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.