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Community to manage Tobermory Harbour

One of Crown Estate Scotland’s most valued community partners has recently been granted statutory powers to manage one of Scotland’s most popular destinations for marine tourism.

The Tobermory Harbour Empowerment Order 2017 - confirmed this week after approval by Scottish Ministers - will allow Tobermory Harbour Association to manage the facilities on behalf of residents and businesses on Mull. The not-for-profit community enterprise said it was a "huge step forward" which would benefit harbour users.

Our Head of Property, Andy Wells, said it was "a real milestone" for the Tobermory community. He said, “The team at THA has put in a huge amount of work and energy over the last few years with Crown Estate support whenever possible. We are delighted that they can now move onto the next phase of their development, expanding facilities which will deliver wider benefits to local communities and businesses."

Tobermory Harbour Association chairman Brian Swinbanks said, "The new Harbour Authority will be a community-run and community-driven organisation. It will be dedicated to build facilities for all, benefiting local boat owners, fishermen and charter boats, our wonderful island of Mull and the wider west coast of Scotland.

The Harbour Empowerment Order also brings security to the next phase of our plans to create a welcoming and safe hub port at Tobermory, where visitors can enjoy our island hospitality as they prepare to sail to the more remote communities beyond Ardnamurchan.”