MP welcomes £4.5m for science park

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Argyll and Bute MP Brendan O’Hara has welcomed a £4.5 million funding package for the European Marine Science Park at Dunstaffnage.

The SNP MP in the UK Parliament said the decision by the Highlands and Islands Enterprise Agency recognised the area’s potential as a ‘world-class hub’ for marine research and innovation.

‘This is great news for Oban and the wider area; creating 30 well paid jobs as well as work for those involved in groundworks.

‘It is very welcome especially at a time when we are seeing a downturn in the economy due to Covid.’

‘Creating the right environment for people to live and work here is so important in terms of reversing rural depopulation, and this further development of the European Marine Science Park have positive economic and social benefits for the surrounding area.

‘We already have the excellent Scottish Association of Marine Science (SAMS) based within the park and this announcement signals just how important collaboration across the industry is in relation to tackling climate change, improving the sustainability of our oceans and seas to ensure long-term economic viability, as well as learning from and protecting our marine environment.’

The European Marine Science Park, Dunstaffnage, near Oban in Argyll.
The European Marine Science Park, Dunstaffnage.
Pictured: Malin House. Photograph: Scotphoto / HIE