Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has called on the Scottish Government and Cal-Mac to take forward the issue of locating management jobs in the Outer Hebrides.
The call comes following reports yesterday that Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is considering moving its National HQ to Fort George, near Inverness.
The Comharle’s Chair of Transportation and Infrastructure, Cllr Uisdean Robertson, said: “HES’s serious consideration of a relocation to the Highlands is extremely interesting and could set a model for other agencies and companies to follow. We have previously discussed the matter with Government and I think we have made inroads. What we are looking for now is a commitment from Government and Cal-Mac to take this issue forward. Even a small proportion of Cal-Mac management posts to the areas which they serve would provide a major economic boost for the Islands whilst I believe it would also improve performance of the company generally.
In the light of HES’s relocation consideration I will be asking for the matter to be raised at the next meeting of the Islands Strategic Group.”