A project officer has been appointed to take forward plans for a Skye and Lochalsh abattoir.
Rachael Jackson, who farms at Orbost, has been contracted for eight months by Skye and Lochalsh Meat Supply Group (SLMSG) to bring the project to a ‘shovel ready’ stage including developing a funding package.
Ms Jackson’s remit will also include obtaining estimates, identifying a site from the options in the report, and starting discussions on planning issues, waste management and meat inspection, as well as establishing contact with operators of other remote and island abattoirs and determining the optimum business structure. Ms Jackson will be assisted in technical design by Peadar Ó Donnghaile of MacTec (Scotland) Ltd.
The abattoir project officer position is being funded by Edinbane Community Company, Struan Community Trust,Highlands & Islands Enterprise and the Highland Council. MacTec (Scotland) Ltd will contribute work in kind.
An SAC Consulting report published last year concluded that a micro-abattoir for Skye and Lochalsh could be viable. The report, commissioned by the Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) and funded by the Scottish Government, can be found on the SCF website.