The Old Man

Staffin Community Trust have set the end of January as their deadline to submit ambitious improvement plans for The Storr.

The Trust have made clear the need to bring changes to the popular visitor attraction following growing concerns about issues ranging from road safety to lack of toilet facilities.

In their Winter newsletter they say: “An options appraisal into the site by an experienced consultant team, including an architect, identified a preferred option and is nearing completion.

“This would see the Staffin Community Trust (SCT) purchase part of the Highland Council-owned site and develop a new car park, toilets and small shelter with space for interpretation promoting Staffin and its businesses.

“Local people have frequently highlighted their concerns about road safety at the Storr and the lack of toilets highlighted by pressures at the site, which was visited by approximately 150,000 people last year.

“SCT’s consultants are now working on the Business Case for the project and awaiting costings from a Quantity Surveyor for the indicative site layout, which found favour amongst local people at a community consultation drop-in event in November. The site has also now been valued.

“Once the costings and Business Case are completed SCT will then submit a proposal to Highland Council, which will decide on whether to approve the proposal. SCT plans to make that submission to the council by the end of January and will keep the community updated about its progress. “