Appeal lodged over Lews Castle contract

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Kenman Holdings Ltd will lodge an appeal with the Inner House of the Court of Session in respect of the recent opinion of Lord Tyre in regards to the tendering of the hospitality contract for the Lews Castle development, Stornoway.

Managing Director, Kenneth Mackenzie said: “We have been strongly advised to lodge an appeal, in order that the substantive merits of our case may be considered by the Court.

“We are mindful that the Comhairle are stating they are confident that its processes in the awarding of the Lews Castle hospitality contract to Natural Retreats were proper and competent.

“However, our legal advice is that there are a number of documented and fundamental failures within the Comhairle’s processes in this matter and we look forward to having the opportunity of bringing them to the Court’s attention.

“In addition, our two State Aids complaints to the European Commission, which are not subject to the procedural issues raised by the Comhairle in the Court of Session case, and which may, at the very least, call into question the integrity of the processes for awarding European funding, are currently under consideration with the European Commission.”