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Regeneration projects in Lewis support business and cultural life and help to harness further investment and development, Joe Fitzpatrick MSP, Minister for Local Government Empowerment and Planning, has stated.

During a trip to Lewis, the Scottish Government minister visited the Great Bernera Marine Hub, Aros An Rubha and the Stornoway Regeneration Programme.

“My trip to Lewis has been a welcome opportunity to see the impact of place-based regeneration investment from the Scottish Government in support of local communities and businesses,” said the Minister.

“Projects like the Great Bernera Marine Marina Hub, the redevelopment of the former school building in Knock and the ambitious Stornoway Regeneration Programme create jobs, support businesses and contribute to the cultural life of the island. Crucially, they can also help harness wider investment and attract further development.”

Chair of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Sustainable Development Committee, Cllr Donald Crichton, hailed the impact of the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RGCF).

He added: “The Comhairle has succeeded in attracting more than £15 million of RCGF into the local economy which has enabled community infrastructure of nearly £70 million to be created.  

“RCGF projects have been spread across the Outer Hebrides and have included investments such as developing new community hub facilities, supporting the redevelopment of community museums and creating new business and marina facilities. These investments have created new economic opportunities and, as such, have been critical to community sustainability.”

In Bernera, £410,000 of RCGF funding was awarded to support a community project to transform the unsafe and underused waterfront at Kirkibost through remediation work and the development of the shoreline area.

In Point, £339,000 of RCGF funding was awarded to support the development of a vibrant, carbon-neutral community hub offering various community services, employment, volunteering opportunities and promoting cultural heritage within the local community.

In Stornoway, over £2 million of RCGF funding was awarded to transform vacant and derelict land in the Newton Industrial area, facilitating further private sector investment and small and medium business growth and delivering on a ‘Commercial Corridor’ in the Town.