Argyll and the Isles coast and countryside trust

| March 23, 2021

Argyll  and  Bute  Council  have  formed  a  partnership  steering  group  with  Scottish Natural Heritage,  Forestry Commission  Scotland, ABSEN,  and  Argyll  &  Bute  Local Services Initiative to look at the possibility of establishing a new independent trust. 

The proposed aim of the Trust would be to: ‘work together to sustainably maintain, enhance and promote the coast and countryside  of  Argyll  and  the  Isles  for  the  benefit  of  communities,  business  and visitors’.

This  initiative  comes  as  a  result  of  the  local  authority  service  review  which  is looking  at  alternative  forms  of  service  delivery  for  a  number  of  non  statutory functions  including improving  and  promoting  outdoor  access,  enhancing  and promoting and protecting biodiversity and the historic environment.

The  opportunity  is  seen  to  be  to  establish  a  partnership  organisation  that  is  an independent  body  and  which  works  closely  with  communities,  businesses  and  the third sector to retain, develop and deliver these services.    

Support  for  exploring  the  potential  to  take  this  approach  and  establish  the  Trust has come from the partners and is supported by The Carnegie Trust who have an interest  in  effective  collaboration  between  the  public  and  third  sector  to  jointly provide services.

It should be noted that the proposed Trust would cover all areas of Argyll and Bute with the exception of the Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park area which is in the process of establishing their own Countryside Trust. 

STAR consultants have been engaged to carry out a ‘Feasibility Study for the setting up of the Argyll and Isles Coast and Countryside Trust.

They are now seeking comments and feedback on the effect such a trust that could provide a focus on Outdoor Access, Marine and Coastal, Biodiversity including Invasive Non-Native Species and the Build Environment. 

Please note that all replies should be sent directly to:
By email to:
By post to:     Lesley Campbell, STAR Dev. Group, 45 Kenningknowes Road, Stirling FK7 9JF
By telephone:     M: 077099 59760    T: 01786 465636

Category: Consultations, Government

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