Funding for Ardveenish pier

Plans to upgrade Ardeenish Pier on Barra have been given a major funding boost.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have been awarded £283,341 for the works which will begin in spring 2013.

Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil welcomed the news.

He said: “I welcome this funding announcement and know that this will be very welcomed by those who use the facilities at Ardveenish. It will also go a long way to give the fishermen there, new improved facilities which will go a long way to help the local boats and safeguard jobs at sea and also in the local fish processing industry.”

Scotland’s Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said of the eight projects given funding across Scotland:

“I congratulate the eight projects across the Highlands and Islands and the 11 projects across the rest of Scotland receiving support - which give an example of what could be achieved if Scotland were to benefit from all Crown Estate revenues in Scotland, not just 50 per cent. The new employment opportunities and boost for tourism these projects will deliver is particularly welcome.

“I’m pleased that pressure from the Scottish Government has meant that the UK Government has released some of the revenues taken in by the marine activities of the Crown Estate in Scotland back to coastal communities.

“While today’s funding announcement is a welcome step, we will continue to press for full devolution of the Crown Estate in Scotland, so that Scotland can benefit from 100 per cent of Crown Estate revenues. Last year the Crown Estate generated £12.3 million in Scotland and this is funding that should be reinvested locally instead of being siphoned off to Westminster.”