Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed an announcement of a £16.8 million investment
for the military radar equipment in South Uist and St Kilda.
Donald Crichton, chair of the sustainable development committee, said it “demonstrates
a commitment to the base and the employment that it provides and to a secure future.
“I would hope this upgrading of equipment will make Hebrides Range even more competitive
and will pave the way for future development in this important sector for the Islands.
“I hope this investment opens the route to new and innovative business at the range,
that it provides stability for the workforce and opens new opportunities for young
He said the comhairle remains “highly supportive” of Hebrides range and is keen to
work with the range to “maximise local opportunities from this investment.”
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, David Stewart, also welcomed the news.
He said it “demonstrates that the Western Isles have a huge strategic role to play
in the UK’s defence and is testament to the dedication and commitment of both the
workforce and the community of the Western Isles.
“It is 60 years since the range was built and it is today still playing a vital role
in the security of the United Kingdom.”