A day-time exhibition on harbour developments organised by Stornoway Port Authority on Tuesday 24 April at Stornoway Town Hall was attended by 185 people.

Static displays and videos set out the proposals and the methods being used by the Port Authority to assess the environmental impact of the projects for additional marina space off Goat Island and for a Deep Water port off Arnish.

At a second exhibition, on Monday 4 June between 10am-6pm and again at the Town Hall, the Authority will explain how the proposals have evolved since the first consultation event and provide information about the environmental impact assessments.

There will also be a presentation about the Newton Marina and deep water port projects, and an opportunity to make comments, at the Port Authority’s annual public meeting at 7pm on 23 May at An Lanntair on Kenneth Street, Stornoway.

The deep-water port proposal is crucial to accelerate local growth in the burgeoning cruise business, by providing improved facilities for larger ships that cannot currently berth alongside.