Highlands & Islands

Vote backs buyout of Carloway Estate on Lewis

Residents of the Carloway Estate on the Isle of Lewis have voted in favour of a planned community buyout of the land.

The family that owns the 11,400 acres (4,613.4 ha) has said it is willing to sell the estate.

In a postal ballot, counted on Monday night, residents voted by 254 to 86 in favour of the buyout. There was a turnout of 67.6%.

The ballot was the first time 16 and 17-year-olds were allowed to vote on plans for a community buyout.

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