Lewis

The Oban Times - - Community News -

A COM­MU­NITY buy- out could see a for­mer Cold War sur­veil­lance sta­tion on Lewis turned into a place to lis­ten to the sound of whales singing.

Lo­cals at Gal­lan Head were ex­pected to vote in favour of the plan yesterday ( Wed­nes­day) at a public meet­ing.

The ra­dio and radar sta­tion, set up at Aird Uig 60 years ago, was used as an early warn­ing sys­tem against Soviet sub­marines and air­craft by NATO. It is now hoped a hy­drophone could be placed in the sea to pick up the sound of the whales, now the Min­istry of De­fence has no fur­ther use for the derelict, clifftop build­ings.

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