MSP welcomes Barvas Estate buyout vote

Western Isles MSP, Alasdair Allan, has congratulated the people of Barvas on their decisive vote in favour of community ownership of their estate following the count held in Barvas Community Hall last night.

Alasdair Allan commented: “With over 80% of people in the Barvas Estate community voting in favour of ownership of the land by the people who live there, this represents a real opportunity for economic development of this area.

“The estate, which takes in Barvas and Shawbost areas, as well as North Rona and Sulasgeir, will I hope be the latest in a series of community buyouts in the islands.

“I think that the best people to run Barvas estate are the people who live in these communities and that was clearly the overwhelming view taken by residents themselves.

“There is, of course, some way still to go in the process and I have written to the Urras asking if I can be of any help in this.”