Strategic Timber Transport Fund: Update Report

Strategic Timber Transport Fund: Update Report

The purpose of this paper is to give an update on the current position of the Strategic Timber Transport Scheme (STTS).

The original Strategic Timber Transport Fund (STTF) of £13m was introduced in 2005 and closed in March 2008. Subsequently the Environment Minister agreed to extend the period of the fund for three years to March 2011 with an annual budget of £5m. This annual budget included a maximum £1M allocation to the Timberlink public service contract. The fund has continued since then with a budget of £3m/year (including Timberlink allocations), with the latest tranche covering the period until March 2016.

The aims and objectives of the Fund remain the same: ‘To facilitate the sustainable transport of timber in rural areas of Scotland for the benefit of local communities and the environment, maximising the value of monies available through innovative projects and partnerships’

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