Public meetings on marine parks get under way –

Public meetings on marine parks get under way Published:  12 December, 2006

STAKEHOLDERS representing over 200 organisations are being invited to attend a series of meetings to discuss proposals for the creation of Scotland’s first Coastal and Marine National Park.

Candidate areas are Argyll,Firth of Clyde,Lochaber,Moray,Orkney,North Uist,South Uist,Shetland,Solway and Wester Ross

Scottish Executive officials have invited an audience of stakeholders to attend the meetings which get underway tomorrow (Wednesday) at The Argyllshire Gathering Hall in Oban.

The second meeting will take place at the Town House in Inverness on Thursday December 14.

Two further events are planned on Tuesday December 19 at Cabarfeidh Hotel in Stornoway and Monday January 8 at Browne House in Dumfries.

The meetings are one of several different ways in which people can provide their views on the proposals, according to the Scottish Executive. Views can also be provided in writing or by email.

The Executive’s consultation on proposals for a Coastal and Marine National Park was launched on October 11 2006.

Copies of the consultation material are available on the Scottish Executive website at Alternatively, hard copies are available on request.

This consultation closes on January 10, 2007. Comments in writing or by email should go to to: