SFMTA boss calls for support to gain abattoir grant

The chief executive of the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders Association has called for support in attaining a government grant for a new abattoir.

According to the chief executive Douglas Scott, the sale of a site in St Andrews, which is where the St Andrews Abattoir Company now operates, could be imminent. Scott explained that as a sale is likely, a replacement abattoir at Forfar has been proposed.

He said a site had been identified in Forfar at Orchbank and was approved by Angus Council for an abattoir to be constructed. “Therefore, big issues surrounding a successful planning application would not be expected,” he added.

“An appropriate abattoir design has been developed and a grant funding application (to be submitted by the 25 January 2013 deadline) could supply 40% of the cost of building the facility.”

However, Scott also explained that it was unclear whether the new abattoir would be built be under the name of the current company – St Andrews Abattoir Co – or if a new name, Forfar Abattoir Ltd, would be taken. He said: “Either way, the entity that will form the company to get this off the ground will be a broad-based collaborative partnership of farmers, auctioneers, wholesaler and butchers. The new build does require a grant to make the business case for investment attractive. The closing date for submissions of applications is 25 January.”

To support the bid for grant money from the Scottish Government’s Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation Scheme, “as many letters of support as possible” are needed, Scott said.

He added: “So could I ask you to please write back to me on your business-headed notepaper, listing reasons why you would support the provision of a new slaughtering facility at Forfar?”

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