The beach cleaning project has been running for several years in partnership between the Port Authority and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar but was at risk when the Comhairle withdrew funding for it at the end of the 2011/2012 financial year due to budget constraints, when other priorities took precedence. Happily The Stornoway Trust stepped in and took over the Comhairle’s share of the required funding to enable the project to continue.
The funds will go towards employing the services of the existing beach cleaner Mr Brian Macleod who has worked tirelessly over the years regularly cleaning the foreshores around Stornoway Harbour including Sandwick and Arnish.
Litter dropped in and around the port can pose a serious threat to the many different species of wildlife and birds found in the area. The work carried out by Mr Macleod is of great value to the town and, not only does it benefit the environment, but it also ensures that the natural beauty of Stornoway Harbour and the Castle Grounds in particular can continue to be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.
Mr Iain Maciver, Factor of The Stornoway Trust said “The never-ending litter issue particularly on the seaward side of the Castle Grounds is a source of annoyance to many. By helping the Stornoway Port Authority continue its litter collection effort within the harbour area will hopefully go some way towards alleviating an unnecessary problem.”
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