Papa Westray Island Development Plan
Papay Development Trust
Papay Development Trust was established in 1999 with a remit from the community to prepare a development plan and drive forward improvements for the island of Papa Westray which would help reverse population decline. In 2013, the Trust became a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), regulated by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. The Trust works in partnership with others to achieve development appropriate to the changing needs of our community and is supported in this by Highlands & islands Enterprise and Orkney Islands Council. The Papay Development Plan was originally launched in 2000 as part of Initiative at the Edge and revised in 2011, 2015 and 2017.
At present the Trust undertakes a wide range of activity, from providing gateway housing, and a community boat scheme for additional ferry sailings to Westray, to running the Kelp Store Heritage, Art & Craft Centre, island tours and boat trips for visitors to the Holm of Papay. Following on from the successful project funded by the Coastal Communities Fund in 2015 and 2016, in March 2017 the Trust commenced its 'Veg, Visitors & Vibrancy for Papa Westray' project, to support a seasonal Ranger post and the Papay Market Garden. This project will run until March 2020. The project is being part-financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community Orkney LEADER 2014-2020 Programme, with support from other Papay organisations including the Papa Westray Community Council, Papay Community Association and Papa Westray Coffee Morning, with other income coming from the Trust itself and the project's trading activities.
PDT also support other organisations undertaking priority community projects and currently provide staff support to Papay Community Co-operative to help deliver a priority community building eco-refurbishment at Beltane House and the 'Sustainable Papa Westray' project.
These posts are part of the Veg, Visitors & Vibrancy project, part-financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community Orkney LEADER 2014 - 2020 programme. Match-funding for the project is being provided by Papa Westray Community Council, Papay Community Association and Papa Westray Coffee Morning, with Papay Development Trust also investing funds in the project.
Papa Westray Island Development Plan 2011-2021
A PDF version of the complete plan can be downloaded here
Papa Westray Island Development Plan 2000
To read the original Development Plan, prepared in 2000, click here
Contacting the Papay Development Trust
Secretary, Papay Development Trust
Orkney KW17 2BU
Papay Development Trust is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation no. SC029585.
Company Secretary, Quarryhoose, Papa Westray, Orkney, KW17 2BU