Stornoway port masterplan revealed
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.