Following the publication by the Stornoway Port Authority, of a 20-year vision for Stornoway’s harbour, Donald Cameron, MSP for the Highlands and Islands region, met with Alex Macleod, Chief Executive of Stornoway Port Authority, and has added his general support to the development of facilities in the Western Isles, welcoming the public consultation.
The first phase of an ambitious plan could see investment of £66 million pounds being spent on the creation of a deep water facility, creating opportunities for oil and gas exploration and the renewables industry as well as bringing cruise liners and tourists to the islands.
Donald Cameron said: “During my recent visit to Stornoway, I was delighted to have the opportunity to discuss this exciting and ambitious initiative with Alex, and to hear the views of island businesses, organisations and individuals.
“The Scottish Parliament has just debated the issues around supporting and strengthening island communities and there is broad enthusiasm for this project. I hope to support the initiative in whatever way I can.
“This venture will have broad-reaching social and economic consequences. Significant improvement to facilities will offer opportunities to develop industries including energy, aquaculture and fishing, which underpin the Western Isles economy.
“And development of ferry infrastructure will improve connectivity, with implications for everything from marine tourism to heath service patient transport.”