OHCG urge five day air link be restored

The Outer Hebrides Commerce Group has urged Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to do “all in it’s powers” to restore a five day air link between Benbecula and Stornoway.

The OHCG says that there is demand and a need for a five day air service and that some Councillors have failed in their duty to ensure that the service was retained.

Speaking after the meeting with Comhairle Leader, Counciller Angus Campbell in North Uist, OHCG Co-ordinator, Gail Robertson said: “We explained to Cllr Angus Campbell in clear and unambiguous terms the social and economic need for a five day a week air service between Benbecula and Stornoway.

“We urge that the Comhairle work and liaise with other public sector agencies to find a solution for the unacceptable situation that’s emerged.

“At a time of economic challenge the last thing our economy needs is a reduction in air transport links.”

Also attending the meeting was Norman MacAskill of Drimore Farm, South Uist. Mr MacAskill said: “We need these services and we expect all Councillors to work sensibly and to put posturing to one side and co-operate.

“We were dismayed to learn that if the islands six SNP Councillors had participated in the budget priority system the Comhairle uses, these services would never have been axed. For them not to have taken part in the scoring system was a dereliction of duty and they should now work with all to restore our air links.

“Our Communities need clarity and truthfulness, public posturing secures nothing. We now urge the Comhairle to re-open discussion with Loganair and other agencies to see if these harmful cuts can be reversed.”