Stornoway port master­plan re­vealed

The Oban Times - - News -

THE FI­NAL ver­sion of the master­plan out­lin­ing a 20year vi­sion for the de­vel­op­ment of Stornoway Har­bour has been pub­lished.

Com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion over the draft pro­pos­als are said to have been 'pos­i­tive'. The master­plan will now con­cen­trate on three ar­eas: the cre­ation of a deep water port; de­vel­op­ment at Goat Is­land and New­ton Basin; and leisure and amenity ser­vices around Cromwell Street Quay.

The deep water port is seen as essen­tial for the long-term fu­ture of the port and a sus­tain­able is­land econ­omy. The multi-func­tional de­vel­op­ments at Goat Is­land ad­dress the needs of a va­ri­ety of busi­ness ar­eas while de­vel­op­ment of the Cromwell Street Quay area is be­ing seen as a po­ten­tial as­set for the com­mu­nity and for tourists.

The port author­ity has also pub­lished its an­nual re­port for 2016. The re­port stated 2016 saw a 49 per cent in­crease in cruise ships, com­pared to 2015, and a 64 per cent in­crease in cruise ship pas­sen­gers.

There was also a 17 per cent in­crease in ferry pas­sen­gers and 12,359 more cars trav­elled on the Ul­lapool to Stornoway ferry com­pared to the pre­vi­ous year. Turnover was al­most £ 3.3mil­lion.

The port author­ity has set up a small fund­ing mechanism to help is­land com­mu­nity groups and is invit­ing fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tions to be sub­mit­ted by Mon­day June 19.

Youth or­gan­i­sa­tions and ma­rine-re­lated groups based in Lewis and Har­ris will be given pri­or­ity.

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