The ‘port of opportunities’ is how Highland Conservatives are describing Cromarty Firth’s successful bid for Green Freeport status, formally announced today by The Prime Minister on a visit to the region.
Highlands and Islands MSP, Edward Mountain and Leader of the Highland Conservative Group, Cllr Helen Crawford have both welcomed the announcement as a major and long-term economic boost for the Highlands.
Opportunity Cromarty Firth is receiving Green Freeport status along with Forth Ports, which takes in Rosyth, Leith, Burntisland, Grangemouth and Edinburgh Airport.
Following the official announcement, Edward Mountain MSP commented:
“I’m delighted that Opportunity Cromarty Firth have been successful in their bid. I was more than happy to support them and champion their cause with the Scottish and UK Governments.
“I believe the creation of a free trade zone in the Cromarty Firth will be truly transformational. It will enable the Highlands to attract more investment and create high-skilled local jobs. This port of opportunities is exactly what we need during these challenging times.
“Now we need to ensure that this new Green Freeport delivers all the benefits that it offers to the Highlands and I will do all I can to help this happen. Well done to all those who supported this bid.”
Cllr Helen Crawford, Leader of the Highland Conservative Group, said:
“This is exciting news from the UK and Scottish Governments because it could herald the single biggest economic development in Highland since the oil and gas boom. I grew up in Easter Ross and saw what a huge benefit that brought to our community. I also saw and experienced the subsequent decline as the boom died out.
“We Highlanders have experienced that boom and bust cycle and this time round we need absolutely to harness enduring benefit for our communities.
“So this is a welcome opportunity to focus on quality, permanent jobs based right here in Highland and the cascading positive impact that will have on our retail, hospitality and service sectors.”