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Roofing work on the former Eriskay School - part of an ambitious community hub project transformation - has halted due to a major structural issue.

The hold-up was clarified in an online post by the Eriskay Historical Society, which commented: “The roofing work was progressing really well, however as you’d expect with old buildings, a major structural issue has arisen on site since the building has been opened up with a large portion of a load bearing wall leaning and having moved. 

“We have been told that the re-slating of the roof cannot be undertaken until this wall is removed and stabilised, which also entails the reconstruction of another roof that was originally to be left to phase 2.”

The historical society is now looking into rejigging the project’s funding to cover the cost of this unforeseen development. 

Meanwhile, the “Buy a Slate” crowdfunding appeal is nearing £11,000. It is hoped that the internal strip-out work will get the redevelopment another step forward to reach RIBA Stage 4 and be “shovel-ready” to apply for any last-minute external funding opportunities.

Eriskay School was opened in 1895 and has played a significant role in the life of the community ever since. Comann Eachdraidh Eirisgeidh is now leading a project to rescue the school building, which has lain empty for nearly a decade and convert it into a community facility.

The aim is to keep the original school building and build new community spaces to benefit islanders and visitors to the island alike.

Shoppers in Eriskay can now contribute their community share to the Eriskay School redevelopment when they make purchases at the Co-op.

To do so, you need to select Eilean na h-Òige as your cause when you use your dividend card.

If you experience problems setting this up, contact Comann Eachdraidh Eirisgeidh at 01878 720713 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For every £1 Co-op member spends on selected Co-op products and services, 2p is added to their membership account. The Co-op doubles this amount to help support community organisations and local causes.

(This article has been updated since first being published.)