Research study into provision for recreation and leisure in areas affected by oil-related industry in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland
Summary report - Study
The discovery of oil and gas under the North Sea has proved to be the most important single event in Scotland's post-war economic history and its profound effects upon the economic life of the nation have been topics of discussion and debate long before oil began to flow. Assessments of the implications for the national economy and for the communities affected by all stages of the cycle of North Sea Oil developments, viz., exploration, manufacturing, construction and production are continuing, but for those communities in the Highlands and Islands that have long been isolated from the... mainstream of national economic development, the impact of oil-related developments has proved to be profound, not only for the local and regional economies but also for the very fabric of social, cultural and community life. In such circumstances of rapid economic and social change it is clear that if the communities in the areas affected are to reap the potential benefits of oil-related developments without dislocation of their distinctive patterns of life, they must match the encouragement of industrial development with the conservation and adaptation of their social fabric. Provision for leisure and recreation is only one, although an important, element in the community life of the areas affected, but in accepting the brief for this research project from the Highlands and Islands Development Board and the European Economic Community, the Tourism and Recreation Research Unit has been very conscious of the intimate relationships between changes in patterns of economic and social activity and the aspirations and needs of individuals for leisure and recreation. The areas covered in this study were those where oil-related developments had been accompanied by substantial immigration.