Engagement to be carried out on Arran and Cumbrae recovery
Posted on 2 Sep 2021
Residents, community groups, young islanders and businesses on Cumbrae and Arran are being asked to share their views on the main priorities for both islands in a post-Covid world.
North Ayrshire Council is collaborating with the Scottish Government and Highland and Islands Enterprise on the Islands Recovery and Renewal pilot project which aims to maximise the potential of North Ayrshire’s islands and improve outcomes for island communities through the development of ambitious 10 year Island Plans.
Islanders have previously been consulted on the main issues they face with topics such as sustainable economic development, affordable housing, depopulation and transport, all listed as key priorities.
Following on from the Covid-19 pandemic, and with lockdown restrictions easing, further engagement is now being carried out on Cumbrae and Arran to determine if the same priorities exist or if new ones have emerged and to identify priorities for the Island Plans.
On Thursday 9th September, there will be two public online community conversations for Arran and Cumbrae. These will be open to anyone living, working or with an interest in the recovery and renewal of Arran and Cumbrae.
Islands Cabinet Portfolio lead and Cabinet Member for Post Covid-Renewal, Councillor Alex Gallagher, said: “We are determined on this occasion to canvass the real depth and width of opinion on the islands and will cast our net as wide as possible to get a full spectrum of ideas and opinions.
“We know how challenging these recent times has been for our island communities and that’s why it’s important that we need to build on the consultations previously carried out on Arran and Cumbrae.
“Listening to the voices from our island communities is central to ensuring the 10-year island plans reflect the priorities identified and actions needed to tackle the complex nature of island challenges.”
“We are working closely with the island communities to support their recovery and renewal, and identify targeted support measures and find a new, long-term sustainable way forward, realising the potential of North Ayrshire’s unique islands.”
Anyone interested in attending either of the events can sign up via Eventbrite at the following web address:
In addition, there is an open online survey to ensure engagement is being carried out with groups on Arran and Cumbrae to ensure representation is as wide and inclusive as possible. Paper copies of surveys are available at the local library.
Plans are also in place to hold an event to feedback and verify the results of the consultation that will inform Arran and Cumbrae’s 10-year island plans. Details of these will be published when available.
To complete the survey and for more information visit www.arran-cumbrae-islands-engagement-2021.co.uk