ENERGY CONNECTIVITY AND ISLANDS
Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar Representatives, meet Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and Islands, to discuss several issues relating to broadband connectivity and ferry service arrangements.
Cllr Roddie Mackay, said: “The Minister was quick to reassure us that the Scottish Government’s R100 project, which guarantees superfast broadband for everyone in Scotland, will not leave anyone in the Western Isles behind.
Transport Scotland confirmed that in future, a careful process of consultation and financial consideration, would be taken before the procurement and undertaking of new vessels and large-scale harbour projects. They also confirmed that they would engage with islands’ communities before embarking on any new service changes. There was also a discussion on the new booking system and the need to ensure that it captured unmet demand.