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The new pontoons will be used by visitors and the local community

Harris marina project gets the green light

Congratulations to Harris Development Limited which has been awarded £300,000 from the Coastal Communities Fund, completing the £1.35m funding package required to create the Harris Marina Hub. 

One of the very first projects granted a Local Management Agreement by The Crown Estate, our community marine officer continues to work closely with the project team to provide support and put in place the right formal agreements with Crown Estate Scotland.

Gordon Macdonald, project chair of Harris Development Limited said: “The recent award of £300,000 from the Coastal Communities Fund has completed the £1.35 million funding package required to create the Harris Marina Hub, a project which is expected to bring significant economic benefits to the area through the development of marine tourism. The ‘hub’ will complete a chain of pontoon facilities including Stornoway, Lochmaddy, Lochboisdale and Castlebay, which will help to consolidate and enhance the reputation of the Outer Hebrides as a premium sailing and cruising destination.”

While important revenue streams will come from visiting yachts and cruisers and, in time, cruise ships, the pontoons will also offer exciting opportunities for local marine entrepreneurs to develop a range of tourism-related businesses such as sea-angling and wildlife tours. Safe access to the water will also help to develop East Loch Tarbert as a haven for recreational boaters and a centre for the provision of marine skills training and education.

Construction of the pontoons is being undertaken by Gael Force Marine, and work is expected to commence in mid-July with estimated completion towards the end of August.

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