Following the public consultation meetings held on Islay in September, the developers of the West Islay Tidal Array are now seeking views from the local business community on what they consider would be the effects upon their businesses.
DP Marine Energy Ltd and its partners DEME Blue Energy propose to build one of the world’s first commercial scale tidal energy parks in the waters approximately 8km off the tip of the Rhinns of Islay.
PBA Roger Tym, a firm of Economists and Planners, has been commissioned to undertake the Socio-Economic, Tourism and Recreation Assessment relating to the proposed development, and to assess the nature of the potential economic and business effects.
The firm would welcome the views of all parts of the business community on the beneficial effects in accommodating those employed or providing services during the construction, operation and decommissioning of the project or negative effects from any form of disturbance. To that end, a business survey is available for completion on-line on the following link:
Electronic and paper copies are available from the Islay Energy Trust (IET) which is helping to facilitate the assessment. IET would like to encourage all kinds of businesses to take part in the survey and ensure that their views are included.
Further information on the survey and direct contact can be made with either the assessment team on email@example.com or 0141-332-6464 or the Islay Energy Trust on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01496-301413.
The assessment team will also be contacting tourism accommodation providers direct by telephone during the week commencing 3rd December and they would be very grateful for any views or information that could be provided. In addition, the team also hopes to have a number of face-to-face meetings with businesses in the coming weeks prior to Christmas.
Full details of the proposed project are available on-line at www.westislaytidal.com.