Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus MacNeil is to write to the Ministry of Defence urging them to ensure essential works are carried out at the former military base at Gallan Head, Uig.

This comes as a postal ballot of residents of Aird Uig on Lewis showed strong support for plans to move forward with a community purchase of the site and look at creating a space observatory and whale listening station.

The postal ballot results showed nearly 80 per cent of those living in the nearby village at Aird Uig support the plans for a community purchase.

Mr MacNeil said:

“I congratulate the community on their decision to move ahead with the plans to pursue community ownership of the former military site at Gallan Head.

“I would now ask the Ministry of Defence to make efforts to resolve issues at the site to allow public access.”