Plans to try and ease congestion and improve the experience for visitors and locals alike at the Storr on Skye are moving on. With visitor and vehicle numbers noticeably soaring during the recent good weather, Staffin Community Trust (SCT) are spearheading the new initiative to try and solve many of the problems now surrounding one of the island’s most iconic landmarks.
Already the Trust have secured the funding required for an Options Appraisal of the roadside site owned by the local authority and in addition no less than three bids have lodged by tenderers looking to carry out the hugely important contract. This will review all the options at the location, the estimated costs and community and economic benefit for each one investigated.
SCT is currently assessing the submissions from the trio of consultant teams and hopes to award the contract in June thanks to funding being made available from Highland Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the Scottish Land Fund.
Earlier this year SCT wrote to Highland Council regarding the 82-hectare site at the Storr from the A855 roadside upwards and expressed its interest in purchasing the land. It followed a community consultation in Staffin which strongly backed the organisation managing or purchasing the area near the hugely popular visitor landmark.
According to the Trust they have now been in productive talks with the council’s development and infrastructure service since 2014 about the visitor experience at the location, which attracts thousands of people each year but suffers from severe parking congestion and lacks amenities, such as toilets.
Once the Options Appraisal commences the local community will be consulted and receive regular updates from the SCT. The contract will be completed later this year and will provide the information required by the Trust for it to take the next steps.