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An election is set to be held to choose new trustees for the Stornoway Trust.

Five vacancies are available with the nominations’ deadline at 4pm on Tuesday.

People living within the trust area are entitled to stand as a candidate.

Nearly half the population of the Western Isles population live on the estate which stretches between North Tolsta, Newmarket, Point and part of North Lochs.

It also covers Stornoway, making it the only community landlord with a sizeable town under its wings.

Around 10,500 ballot slips will be posted out with a vote being held later this month.

Half of the ten elected unpaid trustees stand down every three years from the body which has an annual turnover of about £1 million.

It employs around 20 people, is responsible for administrating 1,333 crofts and 60,000 acres of common grazings as well as looking after the woods in the Lews Castle grounds.

The Stornoway Trust was created as a community body in 1923 when landlord Lord Leverhulme gifted 69,000 acres of land to the people.

The trust sub-leases the Arnish manufacturing yard - seen as having a key role in the islands' future economy - to development agency Highlands and Island Enterprise.

Currently the organisation embroiled in an ongoing controversy about a clause in its lease to Stornoway Golf Club which forbids teeing off on the Sundays.

It is embarking on an ambitious redevelopment of the Lews Castle grounds to preserve historic buildings and features and improve the popular public park.

Nomination papers can be picked up from the trust’s offices in Perceval Square, Stornoway.

Deadline for nominations for Stornoway Trust elections

5 March 2018