Residents of Staffin are being asked to support an aspiration to manage a visitor site at the foot of the Old Man of Storr.
Community Land Scotland member Staffin Community Trust (SCT) has been in talks with Highland Council – which owns an 82-hectare site from the Storr’s roadside upwards – about improving the visitor experience at the location, which attracts people from all over the world. This could involve a new off-road main car park, toilets, interpretation and refreshment kiosk.
SCT is in discussion with the council regarding the purchase or lease of the land (or part of) for the community benefit of Staffin. SCT believes it is a fantastic opportunity for the community to have a direct involvement at the site, potentially creating local employment and marketing Staffin and local businesses far more strongly. SCT views the Storr as a vital entry point and economic driver to Staffin for shops, cafes, accommodation providers and other key businesses. More than 100,000 people have already visited the Storr this year and approximately 70% of that total continue north on the A855 road to Staffin.
SCT chairman Donald MacDonald said:
“There is an opportunity here to provide a fantastic, much needed, facility that will be able to support the increasing numbers of visitors that visit this iconic attraction. Time will be taken for consultation and for working with a design team so that the best possible facility is developed with linkages to other important sites throughout the community such as Lealt Gorge, The Kilt Rock and the Quiraing. The Storr is a gateway site for the community of Staffin and we welcome the opportunity for people to give their valuable input.”
SCT has prepared an anonymous questionnaire, with input from the council, which local people are asked to return, with SAEs provided. The deadline for questionnaires is Friday 27th November Anybody who has not received a copy of the questionnaire should contact Hugh Ross on 01470 562 464 or e-mail email@example.com