Discussing the future for East Kintyre

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Crowds flock to Carradale for open day

East Kintyre residents turned out in force on Saturday to an open day organised to gather the community’s views on the future of the area.

Carradale Village Hall was packed  for the event, which was jointly sponsored by Carradale Community Trust and East Kintyre Community Council.

There were displays with options for the future development of a shop/hub project and the local harbour.

Other displays covered the area’s heritage and sought to promote local businesses.

Fish farm operator MOWI displayed its plans for the expansion of its Carradale operation, while SSE representatives were able to give advice about upcoming developments in the area.

Members of the recently established East Kintyre Renewable Energy Group were kept busy answering questions about their intentions to secure a degree of community shared ownership in current and future wind farm developments.

It is hoped this will help finance the legacy projects identified as a result of the open day and a recent public survey.

A spokesperson for the planning group which organised the event told the Courier they were delighted with the turnout and said they would be analysing the public’s views, which would help inform their Local Development Plan to be published before the end of January.

Information boards being read and discussed. NO_c46eastkintyre01

Christine Ritchie, dressed as a suffragette, explaining some of the heritage items on display to visitors. NO_c46eastkintyre02