Effort to buy land launched
TOBERMORY Harbour Association (THA) has applied to the National Forest Land Scheme ( NFLS) to purchase 1.19 hectares of land at Aros Pier.
The area applied for includes the derelict pier, slipway and two ruined buildings, formerly a boathouse and sawmill.
Administered by Forestry Commission Scotland, the NFLS lets communities bid to buy or lease national forest land on the basis that this would provide increased public benefits.
Renowned for its scenery, wildlife, flora and fauna as well as its peaceful setting, Aros Park has long been the main public outdoor recreation space for the people of Tobermory and the wider island.
The THA intends to maintain Aros Park’s unique attractions but also sensitively to restore the dilapidated pier and adjacent buildings, developing this corner of the park for the benefit of existing visitors and attracting new visitors to the island.
A 28- day open consultation period is required by the scheme and public comments on any aspect of the proposal are welcome.
Details of the application can be viewed on line at www.forestry.gov.uk/nfls and all comments on the proposals detailed in the application must be submitted by August 10, 2016.
Responses and comments should be addressed to Malcolm Wield, Forestry Commission Scotland, Highland Conservancy, Woodlands, Fodderty Way, Dingwall, Ross-shire, IV15 9XB or to email@example.com.