Following on from the severe storms in January when extensive damage was caused to the sea wall adjacent to Eaglais Na H-Aoidhe, Historic Scotland has agreed to provide funding for a sheet piling project to protect the area from further erosion.
The additional funding needed to complete this phase of the project has been sourced by Urras Eaglais Na H-Aoidhe from ENTRUST who administer the Comhairle’s Landfill Tax. Additional funding requests are in place to complete the long term aims of the Trust. Breedon Hebrides will be the lead contractor in the project working jointly with a specialist mainland contractor. Work is scheduled to begin on the 23 rd of March and should last for around a week. Access restrictions will be in place on the coastal path alongside the church for the duration of this work and the public are asked to be mindful of this.
Chairman of Urras Eaglais Na H- Aoidhe, Colin Scott MacKenzie said, “ The Trust is delighted that Historic Scotland have agreed to provide funding to help with the storm damage project to protect the area from further erosion and protect the church in the long term. The Trust is also appreciative of the support received from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Stornoway Trust and Aignish Grazings Committee.”
Krystyna Pytasz, Project Manager, Addison Conservation and Design, who will manage the project on behalf of Historic Scotland added: “By the end of March, sheet piling will be in place to further protect the church from further storm damage. This has been a very difficult project because of the very short timescales- the funding from Historic Scotland has to be spent by the end of March--and the continuing very bad weather causing further erosion of the coastline. It has been a race against accountants and tides.”