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Positive way forward for Invergordon Service Base developmen 28/05/2012

Talks on development plans for the Invergordon Service Base at the Linear Park were held today (Monday) between representatives of The Highland Council and the Cromarty Firth Port Authority on Monday 21 May at The Highland Council HQ, Inverness. 

The aim of the meeting was to recognise the community’s concerns about the loss of local amenity land and balance this against the port authority’s desire to maximise the economic benefits of the land adjoining their service base and in their ownership, for the benefit of all stakeholders.

The Port Authority highlighted that the work currently being undertaken as phase 2 of the Port development plan was in compliance with the current Town and Country Planning Act permitting all ports to expand under permitted development rights.  It was also highlighted that the land is held under a lease to the Crown Estates, who are required to agree to a request by a tenant, in this case CFPA, to vary the usage of the land. CFPA re-affirmed that under their statute, they are required to act in a business-like manner, for the benefit of all their stakeholders. 

Representatives of the CFPA said that due to the success of the Invergordon Service Base, currently providing in excess of 700 FTE jobs, which can grow up to 1,000 FTE at busy periods, demand for the facilities had grown.  Demand would continue to grow along with the offshore wind farm developments taking place in the Moray Firth.  It was crucial that facilities were developed to meet these requirements, securing business and enhancing employment opportunities for the region.

A number of issues were discussed including the planned business expansion of the port of Invergordon and the implications for the Cromarty Firth.

In relation to the current phase 2 development of the Port, it was agreed that both parties would work closer together to secure the economic regeneration of Invergordon and the Cromarty Firth.

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