The Black Isle Partnership

It’s new, and it’s for you! The Black Isle Partnership is a recently formed organization, created to further the interests of residents and businesses of the Black Isle.

Membership of the partnership is open to anyone living or working in the Black Isle, or with an interest in the well-being of the area. The aim is to provide a democratic forum, consisting of local people, which can represent views on issues of importance to the area to the local authority, Scottish Office and others.

The partnership does not replace, or compete with the traditional democratic bodies – the community council, the area committes of the Highland Council, or the Highland Council itself. Instead, the Partnership provides a single voice for the whole of the Black Isle – bringing together the views of the local community councils, local people, local employers, and those with an interest in the well-being of the area.

The Partnership owes its origins to a study visit, organised by the North American Exchange two years ago. The visit resulted in a report which highlighted how the Black Isle could do more to develop itself in a manner that was sensitive to the environmental, cultural and economic diversity of the area. It highlighted a number of key recommendations, one of which was the formation of a single forum to bring together the people and businesses from the different communities in the area.