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8 January 2018

 

CMAL TO HOST PUBLIC EVENTS FOR SKYE TRIANGLE PORT UPGRADE

 

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) will host a series of public exhibition events to share proposals for construction work at the Skye triangle ports of Tarbert (Harris), Uig and Lochmaddy.

 

The upgrade project has now entered the design stage following the completion of masterplans, and detailed designs for the preferred option for each location are being developed.

 

The events, which will take place the week commencing February 26, are the latest in a series of public consultations. The exhibitions are being undertaken in conjunction with onsite investigations, testing and environmental studies as part of the application process for the required marine licences for works at the ports.  They will allow local communities and other interested parties to comment on proposals and work at various stages of the process.

 

The preferred options being discussed at the meetings in February are:

  • Tarbert upgrades proposed by CMAL: pier reconstruction and extension, seabed dredging to improve vessel access, land reclamation to increase the vehicle marshalling area and reconstruction of the terminal building.
  • Lochmaddy upgrades proposed by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar: a pier extension and pier strengthening, seabed dredging to improve vessel access and land reclamation to increase the vehicle marshalling area.
  • Uig upgrades proposed by The Highland Council: pier modifications and upgrades, new linkspan and wave screen, seabed dredging to improve vessel access, land reclamation to increase the marshalling area and new terminal facilities.

 

Ruth McIntosh, Principal Planning Engineer at CMAL said:

 

“Following our public consultations in September, we are pleased to be revisiting the communities now that the project has entered the design phase. Previous meetings within Uig, Tarbert and Lochmaddy were useful in gathering comments on the various stages of work, and the public exhibitions in February are an opportunity for communities to see how the plans have developed further and have their say on the preferred options.

 

“We encourage those with an interest in this prospective work to come along to find out more and ask questions.”

 

The public exhibitions will take place:

 

Uig Community Centre, Uig, Skye

Monday 26th February 2018, 16.00-19.30hrs

 

Harris Hotel, Tarbert, Harris

Tuesday 27th February 2018, 16.00-19.30hrs

 

Lochmaddy Village Hall, North Uist

Wednesday 28th February 2018, 16.00-19.30hrs

 

Comments can be provided at the exhibitions, or afterwards in writing to CMAL or by email to  operations@cmassets.co.uk  by 30th March 2018. Please note, comments made at this stage are not representations to Marine Scotland or Scottish Ministers. Once Marine Licence Applications and Harbour Revision Orders have been submitted there will be an opportunity for formal representations to be made to Marine Scotland or Scottish Ministers.

 

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Notes to editors:

  1. Issued by Clark Communications on behalf of Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL).  For media enquiries contact Angela Hughes 0141 548 8028 / 07970 184 198 / angela@clarkcommunications.co.uk
  2. CMAL is working in partnership with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and The Highland Council, as owners of the ports at Lochmaddy and Uig, in connection with the proposed upgrades.
  3. CMAL own property at piers and harbours at more than 26 locations throughout Scotland.  CMAL is delivering a programme of investment and improvements, which will create better facilities.
  4. In addition to its pier and harbour facilities, CMAL owns 33 ferries.  All 33 vessels are leased to CalMac Ferries Ltd for use on ferry services on the Clyde and Hebrides. In addition, two ferries are currently under construction.
  5. CMAL is a publicly owned company with Scottish Ministers as the sole shareholder.
  6. For more information about CMAL visit: cmassets.co.uk

 

 

 


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