Fundraising campaign for new petrol pumps in Sleat

A fundraising drive is underway in a bid to replace ageing fuel pumps in Sleat on Skye.

The Sleat Community Trust hope to raise £40,000 to buy new pumps which would be accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at the filling station in Armadale.

The trust own the filling station and shop, and have set up a “crowd funding” website to kick-start the campaign. Local businesses Isle of Skye Candles, Skye Farm Shop, Floraidh Skye and Ragamuffin have helped out by making special offers available to those who donate.

Trust development officer Ruairidh Graham explained: “The current fuel dispensers were installed in 1971 and are nearing the end of their operational lives. Spare parts are no longer available on the commercial market meaning that it is becoming increasingly difficult and costly to maintain.

“With a growing population and increased throughput from the Mallaig-Armadale ferry service, it is imperative that we can offer a reliable and flexible service for the years to come.”

Currently the fuel service is restricted to the operational hours of the shop and post office. But the purchase of the new pumps will allow fuel to be accessed 24 hours a day via a card payment facility.

The crowd-funding platform can be accessed online via the Sleat Community Trust website at www.sleat.org.uk.