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THURSDAY, 26th JUNE 1969
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‘Strong And Steady
The third annual report of ■
the Highlands and Islands
Development Board was re¬
leased at a press conference
in Inverness yesterday. In
the report the chairman’s fore¬
ward talks of “ Strong and
steady progress.” The Board
regards that its major contri¬
butions for 1968 included the
decision for Invergorden as a
smelter site and the publica¬
tion of the Jack Holmes Re¬
port for the Moray Firth
Area. These are seen as
achievements of a first order.
Of second-echelon import¬
ance is seen the creation of a
professional team and a com¬
prehensive plan to tackle the
whole field of tourist develop¬
ment — a sector of Highland
employment which is already
threatening to create a serious
employment-sector imbalance
in the area.
Thirdly, there is the prep¬
aration of a scheme for a new
approach to transport charges
to the islands. And finally, the
Board’s new power to hold
equity in commercial and in¬
dustrial undertakings is seen
as the fourth-echelon section
of achievement.
There are the usual omis¬
sions : no plan to allow the
Highland community to par¬
ticipate democratically in the
development strategy already
beginning to affect it; no def¬
inite plans for the Hebrides
and Orkney archipelagoes
(Shetland has received as
much aid as Ross-shire); no
definite proposal to create a
“growth area” on the west
coast of Scotland; no plans to
offset the sexual imbalance
associated with the jobs the
Board has created.
However, despite these seri¬
ous omissions, there is a feel¬
ing conveyed in the report
that at last, after three years,
the Board has made itself ac¬
cessible to the many valid
corrective factors offered by
bodies in the Highlands and
From a purely economic ap¬
proach to development the
emphasis is now socio-econ¬
Professor Sir Robert Grieve,
chairman of the Board, said
at the press conference that
the Board’s assistance limits
would be doubled from
£25,000 to £50,000.
He said the Board were just
concluding a review of their
scheme of financial assistance
under Section 8 of the Act
with the Scottish Office. The
original scheme, summarised
in the Board’s first report, had
provided for the Board deal¬
ing with applications of up to
“ This rise in our assist¬
ance limits,” said Sir Robert,
“will facilitate our work; with
increasing confidence in the I
Highlands and Islands there ;
is a growing tendency for I
larger cases to be submitted I
to the Board.”
Referring to the Board’s i
financial provision for the
current year, Sir Robert said:
“The increase of 30 per cent, i
in our funds for 1969/70 is
substantial; we would have
liked more, but in common
with other Government bodies
we are having to trim our
sails. We will be able to con¬
tinue with our essential re¬
search and survey work, with
Board sponsored development
projects and with grant and
loan work at present in
“Payments to developers in
our area will be about £? m.
up on last year, but even so
new applicants will have to
wait in the queue till early in
1970. The Board have at pres¬
ent in hand about £2.3 million
worth of cases either ap¬
proved or under investigation.
These cases will be dealt with
in the normal way over the
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Professor Sir Robert Grieve (59) — Chairman of Highlands and
Islands Development Board since its inception in 1965, and one-time
holder of Chair of Town and Regional Planning at Glasgow University.
Began career in local government and during early part of service
with Scottish Office was Regional Planning Officer for the West of
Scotland area. As Chief Planning Officer for Scotland (1960-64) was
involved in the reconstruction wgrlc which led to setting-up of
Scottish Development Department. Is a member of the Scottish
Economic Planning Council and many public and professional bodies.
Founder member of the International Union for the Conservation of
Coming to
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Shetland Tweeds, Rugs, Scarves
Cheviot Tweeds, Knitting Yarns
in 49 Clans
The Largest Range in Scotland
Telephone Inverness 31042
Also at Skye Woollen Mills, Portree

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