New funding will be awarded to a Barra project, it has been announced.

Two major investment projects have been proposed for Barra and Vatersay.

One project will see the Comhairle aim to replace Castlebay and Eoligarry Schools as part of the development of a learning and community facilities hub for Barra and Vatersay.

The second project will see, NHS Western Isles, in collaboration with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, develop proposals to replace the St Brendan’s Hospital and Care Home.

The Scottish Government have announced funding for the new Castlebay Project, which will take forward innovative proposals for essential education, health and social care services to be provided on Barra and Vatersay in high-quality provision with well-trained and specialist staff.

The Comhairle has committed £7 million to the project from its Capital Programme.

Councillor Roddie Mackay, Comhairle Leader, said: “The Scottish Government, Scottish Futures Trust, the Comhairle and NHS Western Isles are working together to jointly support the people of Barra in having access to these services in what is a very positive development.

"This represents a fantastic economic and employment opportunity for Barra and Vatersay and has the potential to support social, economic and population regeneration. We hope that this type of local development will become a model for service provision elsewhere in the Outer Hebrides and throughout rural Scotland as an example of what can be achieved through collaboration between agencies.

“We would also like to place on record our thanks to The Scottish Government for all their support on this project and look forward to building on that over the coming years on other innovative projects and in working towards a Single Island Partnership.”