Tobermory Harbour Association [THA] has applied to the National Forest Land Scheme [NFLS] to purchase 1.19 hectares of land at Aros Pier/waterfront.
The area applied for includes the derelict pier, slipway and two ruined buildings – formerly a boathouse and sawmill.
Administered by Forestry Commission Scotland, the NFLS lets communities bid to buy or lease national forest land on the basis that this would provide increased public benefits.
Renowned for its scenery, wildlife, flora and fauna as well as its peaceful setting, Aros Park has long been the main public outdoor recreation space for the people of Tobermory, and the wider island.
The THA intends to maintain Aros Park’s unique attractions but to also sensitively restore the dilapidated pier and adjacent buildings, developing this corner of the park for the benefit of all existing visitors and attracting new visitors to the island.
A 28-day open consultation period is required by the scheme and public comments on any aspect of the proposal are welcome.
Details of the application can be viewed here online. All comments on the proposals detailed in the application must be submitted by 10th August, 2016.
Forestry Commission Scotland has a policy of making these comments publicly available – unless requested to keep comments confidential.