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The mystifying notices placed at the entrances to the Columbia Place Play Area in Stornoway have been officially removed.

Local residents had been baffled as to why the apparently-completed play area remained closed for months over the summer. 

Apparently, there was a resourcing issue over some vital parts. 

But Comhairle nan Eilean Siar announced tonight (Friday September 24) that it was now all systems go for youngsters to enjoy the new facilities.

"The recent upgrade works to the Columbia Place Play Area are now complete and the facility is open to the public.

"The works were required to satisfy a planning condition in relation to the Goathill Development to ensure provision of recreation facilities to service the area, and were undertaken by McLaughlin and Harvey Ltd as part of the Care Home and Housing with Extra Care development being delivered by the Comhairle in partnership with Hebridean Housing Partnership (HHP).

"The project team would like to thank the public for their patience while the facility was closed and also to Manor and Castle Community Association for their input and support during the design process."

Cllr Gordon Murray who represents Stornoway North welcomed the upgrade.  "I would like to thank initially the residents of Columbia Place who brought their aspirations for the play park to my attention.

"My many thanks to the contractor McLaughlin and Harvey and the council who have done such a great job. I would also like to thank the Manor and Castle Community Association and Stornoway Community Council for their input and support in the project."

One of the young residents who approached Councillor Murray a few years ago was Calum Muir. Commenting on the reopening of the revitalised play area, Calum said: "They have done a cracking job to revitalise an abandoned park."