MSP commends community owned Portpatrick harbour

South Scotland MSP Claudia Beamish has used a speech in the Scottish Parliament to praise the efforts of the Portpatrick Harbour Community Benefit Society.

The Society arranged qualification to be the first Scottish charitable community benefit society, and was able to secure Portpatrick Harbour into full community ownership in August 2015 by selling community shares.

Claudia Beamish was speaking in a debate in the Parliament on the Stage 3 of the Harbours (Scotland) Bill.

The MSP said: “Our ports and harbours can be the beating hearts of coastal communities, and this is certainly true in Portpatrick.

“Their story is inspiring, and I commend the Portpatrick Community Benefit Society for the innovative action they took to save the lynchpin of the local economy.

“As a keen proponent of community empowerment, I was pleased to use the Harbours Bill debate to highlight these models.”