Published: Friday, 27 March 2015 19:29
New roofs for two churches
Two churches in the Western Isles are among those being awarded cash to help replace damaged and leaking roofs. Our Lady of Sorrows in South Uist is to get £47,000 and St Peters Scottish Episcopal Church in Stornoway will get £23,600 after Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander announced more than £2.2million to address urgent roof repairs through the Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund. The churches will now be made weathertight, safe and open for use. If necessary, structural investigations and specialist reports will be included in the work. The Fund will reopen to new applications later this year and successful applicants will be announced in 2016. Those unsuccessful in the first round will be able to reapply.
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Published: Thursday, 26 March 2015 07:30
Shawbost parents ‘let down’ by cuts
Shawbost School Parent Council says the West Side is seeing more cuts in education, after a recent meeting was told that there will be a shared headship between Shawbost and Breasclete schools. They say outgoing Director of Education Peter Carpenter broke the news at the meeting and now the parents have had enough. In a statement released yesterday, the Parent Council said: “In the last few years the West Side of Lewis has seen the closure of Bragar and Carloway primaries along with S1/S2 provision at Shawbost and now parents have simply had enough. We are demanding the Comhairle provide full time management of the school instead of the proposed 50% allocation.” The change, which they say the Comhairle has rushed through, is due to take effect after the Easter holidays. A spokesperson said "We have no faith in the Comhairle's Education Department any more and feel let down, as promises were made during the previous closures and we have yet to see them kept. Our school should always have a suitably qualified, experienced and named person in charge for the whole week. That is not a lot to ask and we hope the Comhairle will see sense and reverse their decision.”
Read more: Local News for Thursday 26th March 2015