Islands lobby Tories on RE
New UK government urged to honour manifesto commitments for region
The UK’s new Conservative government has been urged to honour its manifesto commitment to support the development of island renewable projects, according to a Western Isles official.
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar sustainable development committee chair Donald Crichton has written to UK Energy Secretary Greg Clark to ask him to implement the manifesto commitment.
Crichton said: “From a policy perspective the Comhairle has supported the development of a renewable energy industry in the Outer Hebrides since 2001.
“It has been hugely disappointing and frustrating that we have been unable to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the development of that sector.
“I do, however, believe that the work undertaken by yourself and officials in BEIS over the past two years, allied to the clear commitment in the Conservative party manifesto, places us in a position where significant progress can be made over the next 12 months. I look forward to that progress being made.”