Artist's impression of the proposed plant

Skye folk can have their say about a proposed new multi million pound plant which is set to bring new jobs and big investment to the island.

Later this month and following on from the initial first round of public information events, Marine Harvest (Scotland), are to hold further exhibitions.  There further information will be available about the proposed £80 million fish feed producing facility which will bring around 55 new jobs to Skye.

Already the company have earmarked the old Altanavaig Quarry at Kyleakin as the site for the new plant. Once in full production it will make food for Marine Harvest’s Scottish fish farms as well as those in Norway, Ireland and the Faroe Islands.

The first information session is planned for Tuesday 28 June and will take place Kyle Free Church of Scotland Hall and will be followed on Wednesday 29 June with a similar event at Kyleakin Village Hall. Both will run from 11am-8pm.

According to the company, who will have staff on hand to answer question and explain studies which will now need to be carried out as part of the planning process, this will be a real opportunity for local people to put their views forward.

In particular Marine Harvest want to gather information about the site and understand any issues that residents might have with the scheme.

When Marine Harvest (Scotland) first announced their plans to bring the plant and new jobs to Skye Ben Hadfield, managing director, said: "We are delighted to have found a site which sits at the heart of our operations - one that is already an industrial site but which has not been fully utilised for some time.

"We would like to have the chance to bring it back to life and provide well-paid jobs, as well as taking the opportunity to produce our feed in the most sustainable way.

"This is a large investment in Scotland and the development of a feed plant here is part of our overall drive to become a more efficient and sustainable business."