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Landlord, Storas Uibhist, seeks to grow the local economy on the estate.


Regenerating the Lochboisdale is a key aim with plans to create a new village around the harbour and the renovation of dozens of derelict homes for low cost housing and tourist rentals.


Constructing a new ferry terminal in the harbour is also proposed, including a commercial pier for industrial use and cruise ships.


Plans include building a new distillery with micro brewery and creating an enterprise zone to boost sales of island food products.


Heritage tourism is another idea with trails celebrating local history including the escape of Bonnie Prince Charlie after the Battle of Culloden and the sinking of the whisky laden ship, the Politician, in the Sound of Eriskay.


A spokesperson said: “The next decade is about growth. With 25 staff now working for the estate, we have set in place strong foundations for the future.


“The economic future of the islands is in our own hands and our focus will be on creating jobs, stemming outward migration and increasing the population.


“We have a huge opportunity to use the natural resources of the islands, at land and sea, for the benefit of the people who live here.


“We need to build more houses, attract new people to the islands and increase tourism.”


Since the buyout, a community windfarm has been erected at Lochcarnan, a yacht marina developed at Lochboisdale and the Old Tom Morris golf course in Askernish was redeveloped.



Ambitious growth plans for South Uist

25  April 2017

Ambitious plans for creating jobs have been discussed at a conference marking ten years since the community buyout of South Uist, Eriskay and part of Benbecula.