New £10m harbour opens for business in South Uist
A NEW harbour in the Western Isles, worth £10 million, was officially opened in South Uist at the weekend.
Deputy first minister John Swinney visited the Lochboisdale facility on Saturday, to mark the completion of the regeneration project.
Community organisation, Stòras Uibhist, championed the development, which includes causeways, breakwaters, a pier and slipway as well as marine and leisure facilities, helped by main financial backers, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. Opening the harbour, Mr Swinney said: ‘The Lochboisdale port of entry will make a huge contribution to the economy of the Western Isles, helping tourism and other local industries to flourish and pursue the kind of inclusive growth which benefits the entire community.’
John MacMillan, chairman of Lochboisdale Development Limited, a subsidiary company of Stòras Uibhist, added: ‘ We are delighted this major development has been completed and is now open for business. It will provide the necessary infrastructure to grow marine leisure tourism in Lochboisdale and the Western Isles, as well as open up land for business development and community housing, building infrastructure for the fisheries and aquaculture industries and the marine tourism. This project is the first stage in delivering a long-term regeneration vision for Lochboisdale and the Uists and we look forward to working with our partners going forward to further enhance these excellent facilities.’