New £10m har­bour opens for busi­ness in South Uist

The Oban Times - - News -

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.’

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