A delivery group comprised of locals which aims to “empower” residents will spearhead the Arran Island Plan.

The 10-year plan has been put in place to drive the development of community, the Arran and Cumbrae’s economy and environmental wellbeing, and address long-standing issues faced by the islands.

Taking a lead role in turning the plan into reality, the group will take responsibility for implementing, monitoring, reviewing, and refreshing the plan.

Councillor Alan Hill, Cabinet Member for Communities and Islands, said: “This is about empowering our communities to be at the very forefront of the ambitious plans for their island.

“The 10-year Arran Island Plan was published earlier this year and was created and shaped with input from local residents, groups and businesses, indeed anyone with the interests of Arran at heart.

“The Delivery Group will now take forward that plan and ensure its priority themes of community, economy and environment and related actions are delivered.”

Economy, environment, and community are the key themes that the delivery group will focus on.

A thematic workshop and plenary session in Brodick will take place on Thursday 29th September, chaired by the Chair of the Arran Locality Partnership Councillor Timothy Billings.

Councillor Billings said: “There’s no doubt that islanders are best placed to help achieve the goals we set for ourselves.

“We want to take the experience and expertise of local people and organisations and use that to work collectively to deliver on the priorities identified by the people of Arran.”

For more information email islands@north-ayrshire.gov.uk