Bridging the gaps could be a motto for the Lews Castle Grounds Regeneration Project which is currently being delivered on behalf of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Stornoway Trust with the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic Environment Scotland.
It is restoring and enhancing the core area of Lews Castle Grounds, addressing decades of decline caused by insufficient maintenance and upkeep. A considerable number of bridges, both big and small, have undergone full-scale renovation or replacement.
Work on the Matheson Bridge over the Shoeburn - believed to be the biggest of its type on the entire Western Isles – has been under way for months.
The Stornoway Trust's application for planning permission defined the work as to include: the removal of invasive vegetation; restoration of parapet walls; pointing and localised indent repairs to bridge abutments and arch; replacement of corroded parapet railings; protection/sealing of bridge deck; introduction of surface water drains and repair of existing sewer and utilities at Matheson Bridge, Lews Castle Driveway.