Papay Development Trust
Traditionally, islanders turn their hands
to a number of jobs to make their living. We will diversify our economy
to create new opportunities, attract new people to the island and support
our island population.
Project 1 - Enhancing the role of the Co-op as our
main community enterprise.
Project 2 - Attract more computer-based workers and companies.
Project 3 - Explore new developments and products such as alternative
crops, energy production, seaweed and lichen.
Transport and Access
Any island's lifeline, the quality of our
transport links will determine more than anything the well being of our
Project 1 - Work with the transport providers to better
integrate our transport services, providing a seamless and economic connection
between boat, plane, and taxi services.
Project 2 - Construct a harbour at the new pier, which would:
guarantee a better ferry service to Kirkwall
provide a base for the ferry service to Westray.
To expand our balanced community to 100 people we shall need more good houses,
blending in as far as possible with the traditional environment of the island.
Project 1 - Purchase and convert old buildings to let as temporary rented "Gateway"
accommodation for incoming families.
Project 2 - Provide flexible, high-quality affordable housing to let, suitable
also for our elderly people when the need arises.
The Physical Environment
The environment is fundamental to the special character of
the island. We will protect and enhance the mosaic of our landscape, and the wildlife and
habitats of the island, which are so important to the quality of life. The environment is
also very valuable to our tourist industry: the RSPB reserve on North Hill and the seal
colony are two of many attractions for visitors. Conservation and improvement of the
environment must be given high priority in all our planning.
Project 1 - Assess the environmental impact of
proposed new developments on the island.
Project 2 - Survey the island to identify
environmentally important habitats and features.
Project 3 - Increase the island's biodiversity by
encouraging the provision of an extended range of habitats.
Our visitors come to Papay to experience the unique qualities
of our island. In acknowledging the importance of tourism to our economy we are aware that
this must be developed in a sustainable manner, bringing visitors the highest quality of
Project 1 - Ensure that the best use is made of the guest house,
hostel and self-catering units run by the Community Co-op.
Project 2 - Extend camping facilities, and consider additional
self-catering accommodation (preferably in traditional buildings).
Project 3 - Improve visitor facilities by:
developing the Nouster Pier Visitor Centre;
improving the signposting, marked paths and stiles
ensuring that all visitors are made welcome on arrival, and
that refreshments are available
providing more services for visiting yachts.
Project 4 - Improving our marketing of the island
enhancing our web site (www.papawestray.co.uk) and creating new links
increasing the island profile in Orkney and
improving advertising of accommodation and facilities on Papay
developing our Peedie Papay Package tours;
investigating niche tourist markets for e.g. archaeology, birds,
crafts, boating, stress management, religious tours etc.
Health and Care for Our Community
We will ensure that we can care for everyone on
the island, especially the vulnerable and elderly.
Project 1 - Support the development of the Kirk
Project so as to :
- maintain and expand good health facilities and access to social services
- make full use of the new surgery for a visiting dentist, optician, chiropodist,
Project 2 - Work with the Westray Development Trust
on their project for a new care facility on Westray.
Education and Training
We will help to maintain the present high quality of
school education on the island and also make other services available.
Project 1 - Encourage the use of IT at home and
also in the Community School and through the Outreach Centre.
Project 2 - Advance continuing education and training,
recognising the important roles of the University of Aberdeen, the University of
the Highlands and Islands and the Open University.
Youth Provision and the Social Environment
As we build our balanced community, attracting more
families to the island, we will ensure that the facilities our young people need will
be provided. The social environment of the island will be enhanced.
Project 1 - Enable our young people to travel to take advantage
of the recreational facilities on Westray such as the drop-in centre, playschemes and sporting
Project 2 - Investigate the possibility of having a Youth Worker on Papay, perhaps shared
Project 3 - Encourage an expansion of social activities, especially in the community areas
of the school and the Kirk.