The Scottish Government has confirmed that it is dismissing the appeal by Coimhearsnachd Bharraidh agus Bhatarsaidh relating to the community asset transfer request associated with an area of land opposite the Castlebay Community School on Barra.

Scottish Ministers appointed an independent Reporter to consider the case and, following a public hearing held in Castlebay in March 2019, the Reporter’s recommendations have been considered by Ministers and the decision has now been published.

A Comhairle spokesperson said: “As the Report recognises, it is very much the Comhairle’s wish to provide the communities of Barra and Vatersay with as high a level of sport and leisure facilities as we can possibly deliver, and that intention is recognised locally, I think, by all involved. 

"The development of the proposed Barra and Vatersay Community Campus project, which includes the provision of replacement and upgraded sport and leisure facilities, continues to make significant progress.  The delivery of the project, preferably through partnership working with key stakeholders and the wider community, presents the best opportunity for progress”.