The Forum has been working with two rural communities in Scotland: at Muirkirk, East Ayrshire; and Tomatin, Inverness-shire as part of a project we have called Upland Solutions. The project set out to apply the experience available through its members to investigate the two study areas. A workshop was held in each area to gather information about the view that local people had of the area, their aspirations for the future and what support they needed to achieve these aspirations. The Forum was also keen to establish what were the perceived blockages to progress, whether these were regulatory, financial or for other reasons. This work is nearing completion and the final report is being drafted.
Forum Members are reminded that comments on the current draft version of the report have been asked for by Monday, 8 November. Feedback will be incorporated into a further draft that will then be circulated to the Forum and to those who attended or supported the workshops. Feedback will be used to produce a final version of the report and a short summary of the key findings by mid-December.
This is an interesting and important piece of work for the Forum and I look forward to be able to circulate the final report.