Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has today welcomed a constructive engagement with the Cabinet Secretary, Fergus Ewing and local stakeholders about the future the Kirkwall abattoir.
The discussions, hosted by Liam McArthur MSP today, involved the Cabinet Secretary and his officials, Food Standards Scotland and local representatives from Orkney Islands Council, Orkney Mart, NFU and local meat producers.
While Mr McArthur welcomed the commitment from all involved to find a positive solution, he warned that the challenges remain significant.
In a statement following the meeting, Orkney MSP Liam McArthur said:
“I am grateful to the Cabinet Secretary, his officials and those from relevant agencies for the very constructive way in which they engaged in discussions this afternoon with me and local stakeholders about the future the Kirkwall abattoir.
“I am pleased that we were able to secure government assistance in putting in technical support that may help address some of the Council’s immediate concerns. Hopefully this could enable the abattoir to reopen, at least in the short term while longer term options are explored.
“That said, it is increasingly clear that the challenges in identifying a viable, long term solution remain significant. There is, however, a welcome commitment amongst all involved in today’s discussions to continue the urgent work needed over the coming weeks. I will certainly be lending my support to those efforts.”