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Com­mu­nity told of in­no­va­tion at heart of pro­posed de­vel­op­ment

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Scot­tish Salmon Com­pany

THE Scot­tish Salmon Com­pany’s third com­mu­nity meet­ing, in Brod­ick pub­lic hall, passed off peace­fully, at­tract­ing cu­ri­ous Ar­ran locals rather than the or­gan­sied protests of ear­lier meet­ings.

The com­pany’s pro­posed de­vel­op­ment is lo­cated off the is­land’s north­east coast, in the Firth of Clyde.

The farm has ‘in­no­va­tion at its heart’, said the SSC, en­sur­ing ro­bust fish health and wel­fare and en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity.

Two groups of 10 pens of 120m cir­cum­fer­ence will be ar­ranged in two rows of five, with a linked feed barge. All pens will be painted dark grey or black to min­imise vis­ual im­pact.

A scop­ing re­port was sub­mit­ted to North Ayr­shire coun­cil in March, and scop­ing re­sponses were then re­ceived and con­sid­ered.

The pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion process took place in April and May, and over the next month all com­ments will be dis­cussed, an En­vi­ron­men­tal Im­pact As­sess­ment (EIA) will be con­ducted, and any de­sign re­fine­ments car­ried out.

Then, in the sum­mer, the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion will be sub­mit­ted, with a de­ci­sion an­tic­i­pated in the win­ter of 2019-2020.

A lo­cal so­cio eco­nomic im­pact study, con­ducted by Imani De­vel­op­ment, has shown that the new farm would cre­ate up to 10 di­rect jobs, plus a fur­ther 51 jobs across Scot­land in the sup­ply chain.

An­drew Parker of Imani said: ‘There are pos­i­tive im­pacts across the whole in­dus­try for a site of this size, all the way through the sup­ply chain.’

And the jobs cre­ated would not just be in ru­ral ar­eas on the west coast. In North Ayr­shire, W&J Knox will sup­ply the nets and fam­ily run Ar­ran Work­boats, which the SSC has worked with for 30 years, is cur­rently build­ing six boats for the com­pany.

“There are im­pacts across the whole in­dus­try for a site of size’” this

Above: An­drew Parker of Imani (top); Jim Traynor and Finlay Oman of W&J Knox

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