Construction work is set to restart in the Western Isles bringing a welcome boost to the economy.
Projects, including the new care home and social housing at Goathill, Stornoway, improvements to Lochmaddy Pier in North Uist and extensions to early years provisions at Stornoway Primary, ground to a halt in March in response to the Covid-19 crisis.
Following First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement, council officials have announced work will restart with a “soft-start” approach.
Through collaboration with the Scottish Government and leading construction bodies, the island council agreed a phased and incremental approach to the re-start process, including the installation of measures including physical distancing, enhanced hygiene facilities and one way systems.
Following completion of phase one, contractors are now preparing to return to work.
A council spokesman said: “The Comhairle, in collaboration with partner organisations including Hebridean Housing Partnership, will continue to adhere to Scottish Government guidance in all matters associated with the move from the lockdown.
“In implementing a “soft-start”, the construction sector will continue to follow guidance on the safety and welfare of the workforce and the public.”
He added: “Projects including the new care home and social housing at Goathill, Stornoway, the improvements to Lochmaddy Pier, North Uist, and the provision of extended Early Years provision at Stornoway Primary are major investment projects for the Western Isles. The construction activity arising from these projects makes a significant contribution to the economy of the islands and we are glad that this is now restarting in an incremental and safe manner.”