Ef­fort to buy land launched

The Oban Times - - News -

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 mal­colm.wield@forestry.gsi.gov.uk.

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