An event on affordable housing will be held in Skye this month.
The event will be chaired by the Scottish Parliament’s Presiding Officer, the Right Honorable Ken Macintosh MSP.
The panel event, to be held on Friday 27 September at 7pm in the Aros Centre, Portree, will give Skye residents a chance to hear directly about the impact of local housing policy from local experts, and to contribute to the ongoing debate on providing affordable housing on Skye.
Elsewhere during his visit, the Presiding Officer will also meet with the Minginish Community Development Association to discuss their work on sustainable communities and local infrastructure. The meeting comes as the Minginish Community Hall celebrates its 10th anniversary since it was built after a local campaign in 2009.
The Presiding Officer will also meet Portree High School pupils who are helping to design a new graphic novel to help explain to other young people how the Scottish Parliament works, before taking part in a session in Gaelic at Sabhal Mor Ostaig, to look at ways in which students can engage with the Parliament and MSPs and the role of Gaelic in the work of the Parliament.
Speaking ahead of the visit, the Presiding Officer said: “Scotland’s islands are a huge part of our country’s identity and the difficulties experienced by local people here are every bit as pressing as those within the central belt. With my own family roots in Skye, I know how easy it is for island and rural areas to feel overlooked.
“In this the Parliament’s 20th anniversary year, more than ever, we want to get out of Edinburgh to ensure we are listening to everyone across the country and to encourage engagement in our democratic process. Although the Parliament has never forgotten the importance of our partnership with the people of Scotland, we need to make it as easy as possible to make your voice heard, wherever you are.
“I would invite anyone who has anything to say about affordable housing to come along to share their ideas at the public Festival of Politics event I am hosting in the evening. There are fantastic examples of local communities on Skye that have shown what is possible when people come together. I’m looking forward to hearing more about these projects and from school pupils and students about what’s on everyone’s mind.”
The visit to Skye is part of wider programme which seeks to identify and break down the barriers which prevent people from with engaging with their politicians and influencing the work of the Parliament.
The Festival of Politics Event will take place at the Aros Centre in Portree starting at 7pm. Tickets can be booked, and more information found at www.parliament.scot/skye-housing.