Stornoway town improvements without BID project

All businesses and organisations interested in regenerating Stornoway town centre are invited to a Stornoway Business Group meeting tonight (Thursday, June 6th).

A number of Town Centre Regeneration meetings have taken place over the past few weeks; and Comhairle nan Eilean Sair have put forward the concept of introducing a Business Improvement District (BID) project and establishing a Town Centre Manager position.

However, local businesses have not warmed to this prospect and wish to work together to find a way forward, as Group member Tim Durbin expanded: “The prospect of a BID was discussed amongst the group at a meeting on the 23rd May, and we feel that there are other ways that we can affect an immediate, positive change on our town.”

He continued: “At the meeting tonight we’ll appoint a group of individuals to act as liaison with other key local groups, and start to look at the first steps we will take to improve Stornoway.

“I would invite anyone with an interest in rejuvenating the town to come along to hear the info first hand, and to contribute to the discussions as well.”

The Group hope that by working together to identify and tackle issues such as parking, signage and town centre events, progress can be made toward reviving Stornoway as a thriving, bustling town centre.

And the Stornoway Business Group will work to build strong, effective and open relationships with key organisations including Stornoway Port Authority, the Amenity Trust and Stornoway Trust, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Visit Scotland and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

Anyone interested in finding out more is invited to attend tonight’s meeting, to be held upstairs in The Crown Hotel, starting 7pm.

And for more information, please contact Tim Durbin at