Following recent media coverage, Chair of the Isle of Skye & Raasay Committee, John Gordon has provided the following statement on behalf of the 4 Elected Members:
“I would like to clarify that it is not the principle of a project to develop facilities at the Storr site or reluctance by Highland Council to transfer Assets under the Community Empowerment Act which led to the refusal of the Asset Transfer Request. The Council’s Asset Management Project Board, having used the guidance on the legislation, identified there were key elements relating to the conditions set by the Staffin Community Trust, and of the specific area of land requested, that resulted in the decision to refuse. This is now subject to a formal review as requested by the Staffin Community Trust and as such would not be appropriate for the Elected Members to publicly comment on at this point.
“However, Members can confirm that a meeting took place on the 3rd October between Highland Council officers and representatives of Staffin Community Trust and that a further meeting has been scheduled to meet with the Trust’s Board at the end of October. An invitation has also been extended to Kate Forbes MSP to meet with her to provide more information on the decision that was made.”