Open and shut (repeat at leisure)
Posted: Wednesday, 14 November 2007
The mothballing was known about months ago so your one-side, snide and mocking blog is not new information. And your facts are wrong - again. Tens of millions of pounds have not been lost. Much of the public investment is still there, that's how the place re-opened so quickly. It reopened to finish off an order. Previous failures were caused by exactly the same problem of a bad dearth of windfarm planning applications coming through. The other firms went to the wall trying to subsidise island jobs. Please tell what windfarm yard in the UK is reliable for maintian jobs at present. I think everybody is now fully convinced that if you want secure and long term employment in the engineering sector in Lewis, the Arnish Fabrication Yard is our best bet. I don't know where you heard the stuff about Eishken and piecemeal applications but it sees to be speculation rather than fact. He made one small application a couple of months ago so to secure rights to the interconector but your blog that he is to put in a lot of small applications (up to the original size?) to beat the government's approval seems to be a product of rumour rather than fact
Seumas from Glumaig
Not mothballed, but reduced to a team bidding for new work. The yard could be restarted at a day's notice, but delivery of materials to commence work would take 6/8 weeks. Just as well, as it will take that amount of time to prepare the yard for the materials arriving. It's sad you seem to glory in the loss of jobs to justify your anti-windfarm stance. If Arnish got the work from Lewis Wind Power would you still try to keep us unemployed? Or would you try to maximise the benefit to the local economy?
Jimmy from Lewis
As a retiree here, Arnish Lighthouse seems determined to mould the islands to his desired model, rather than to live in the community he has joined. Isn't that what too many (temporary) incomers do?
Angus from stornoway
At least he doesn't write a bitter anonymous blog trying to undermine the democratically elected MSP (not very sucessfuly, I might add). Your next mission, Mr. Nicolson, should you choose to accept it, is to actually locate a single sane human being who has ever actually enjoyed working at Arnish...good luck...this turbine will self-destruct in five seconds.
Droch Isean from Lewis