Sunshine and a brisk winter’s day greeted a big crowd of supporters and guests this morning (Monday November 19th) as works were starting on site at the seaward side of the Ui Church part of the Braighe.
Their aim is to enhance coastal protection and allow repairs and improvements to the pathway beside the Ui graveyard.
Point and Sandwick Coastal Community Path, a registered charity, has secured funding from the Point and Sandwick Trust windfarm funding committee jointly administered with Stornoway Trust and 50% funding from LEADER to get this work done.
The work involves recreating the coastal defences that have crumbled in recent winters, threatening the path and the graveyard. Around 2,000 tonnes of rock will be deployed including a base layer of rocks of around three tonnes each which will be concreted into the back of the base of the surviving defences. The path from near the Aignish raiders monument to the start of the headland beyond the church will be improved and made more accessible.
The Point and Sandwick Coastal Community Path group also has plans to develop a pathway from Stornoway to Point and back.
Local Councillor for Sgìre an Rubha and Vice-Chairman of the Comhairle’s Policy and Resources Committee, Alasdair Macleod, commented: “I am very pleased to see work underway on this community project which will benefit social and economic activity in the Point area.
“This will greatly enhance Point and it is very encouraging to see the community working together on this exciting development.”
The total project cost is £114,152.20 with 50% coming through LEADER funding.