McLeod marks formal handover of Mull of Galloway

SNP MSP for the South of Scotland Dr Aileen McLeod today (Thursday) marked the formal handover of the Mull of Galloway to the community, following a successful community buyout. Dr McLeod, who officiated at the community ballot which established overwhelming support for the proposal, and led a members’ business debate on the subject at Holyrood, addressed invited guests as part of the handover ceremony.

 

Dr McLeod said:

 

The Mull of Galloway is a unique and special place which has become an excellent tourist attraction makes a significant contribution to the local economy.

 

“It is exactly the sort of asset that I believe should be in community ownership and I think that Galloway is immensely fortunate that the community here has the vision, organisation and resilience to take on such an iconic place.

 

“The community has already helped to create an outstanding visitor attraction and with community ownership of the assets I believe can achieve even more. I also believe that the people best placed to look after the Mull are the people who live and work there.

 

“I look forward to the Mull of Galloway going from strength to strength – a special part of Scotland cared for by a very special community. I wish them all the very best for the future – which is now well and truly in their hands.”

 

Following the ceremony, Dr McLeod added:

 

“Today’s formal handover has made a little bit of History for Dumfries & Galloway. It is excellent that Scotland’s Land’s End is now owned by its community. I feel incredibly honoured to have been a part of that process.

 

“Of course this is only the start. The Mull of Galloway Trust has ambitious plans to further enhance the attractions at the Mull but do so in a way which respects and protects its unique character. As I said in Holyrood, I think everyone should visit the Mull – they will find a warm welcome awaits them.”

 

Notes to Editors:

 

Dr McLeod’s members’ business debate on the community buyout can be found here:

 

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/28862.aspx?r=8145&i=73960&c=1483560&s=mull of galloway

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