Fight for ferry continues

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In the continuing effort to secure the re-introduction of the Lochboisdale-Mallaig ferry service, South Uist community company Stòras Uibhist appeared before the Scottish Government Public Petitions Committee in Holyrood this week to make the case for launching the service in the spring of 2012.

Accompanied by Allan Henderson, a Councillor for Highland region and Provost of Lochaber, Angus MacMillan and Huw Francis highlighted the economic and social benefits that would be delivered from the re-introduction of the service.

The submission was well received by the Committee who expressed their support for the petition, which has received strong support both online and in its paper form.

The Committee agreed to refer the petition to the Minister for Transport and request information as to why the service had not yet been introduced.

Following the presentation to the committee, Angus MacMillan issued an open invitation to Alex Neil and Keith Brown, the Ministers with responsibility for ferries, to visit South Uist and experience for themselves the ferry service that the community has to use.

Huw Francis added: “A commitment now from the Scottish Government to re-introduce the Lochboisdale-Mallaig service in the summer of 2012 will allow the tourism sector, businesses and local residents to maximise the benefits that can be gained from this service.

“The inclusion of this service in the Summer 2012 CalMac timetable will be a clear signal that the Scottish Government is committed to the economic development of the Scottish Islands.”