Uist Economic Taskforce Working Group Meeting

The Uist Economic Taskforce Working Group met recently in Uist to continue to progress a range of key strategic projects and initiatives. 

Cllr. Iain A. MacNeil, Chairman of the Group said after the meeting, “I was pleased to see good progress being made across a range of projects such as the Balivanich Regeneration project.  Housing remains a concern and the UET Working Group noted with interest the formation of a “Uist and Barra Housing Working Group” to explore ways in which the demands for future housing for residents and businesses alike can be addressed.  As Housing remains a key component for Uist economy, UET will want to engage with and be kept informed of the work of the Housing Working Group.”

Cllr. MacNeil also commented on the Archaeology Symposium held in Lochmaddy last week.  He stated, ”I attended some of the sessions and was delighted to see the interest in the Archaeology of Uist.  We have long recognised the potential of Archaeology in terms of tourism, research and education.  It’s important we use this project to develop ways to further develop that potential.”

The event was attended by 80 delegates from across the UK and the USA.  The event is part of the Scotland’s Islands Research Framework for Archaeology (SIRFA) project, a partnership between Lews Castle College UHI, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Shetland Amenity Trust and Orkney Islands Council. The event was also funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise.