The troubled development of affordable housing planned for Tarbert is to be put back out to tender, after the original contractors abandoned the site.

Hebridean Housing Partnership (HHP) has work in hand for eight two-bedroomed flats on the site of the former police station.

The contractors originally tasked with the construction project, Douglas and Stewart, left the site last autumn following a negative report on issues with the foundations.

HHP had hoped to negotiate their return to the site, but in a statement issued today (Wednesday 29 January) they said: “Following a review of the options available to us to complete the development at the former police station, Tarbert, Isle of Harris, HHP are currently inviting tenders for this project. The tender return date is 26 February 2020 with the timetable for tender and contract evaluation/award seeking to achieve a site start in early April.”

The development was originally proposed for completion by the end of 2021 and it is not clear whether this target date may have to be revised.

The development is to be named James’ Place in honour of James Morrison, a policeman with Harris connections, who was killed while off-duty in London in 1991 and is buried in Harris, where his family originated.