Local News for Tuesday 5th April 2016

Get ready to vote
With the Scottish Parliament election fast approaching the Comhairle is urging residents to look out for the Electoral Commission's voter information guide, which will be landing on doormats this week. On Thursday 5 May voters in Scotland will go to the polls for the Scottish Parliament election. The Electoral Commission's voter information guide will be delivered to every household in Scotland over the next week. If you want to be able to vote and have your say at the election, the deadline to register is Monday 18 April. Malcom Burr, Returning Officer for Na h-Eileanan an Iar said: "I would encourage everyone in Na H-Eileanan an Iar to look out for the Electoral Commission's voter information guide. It gives you all the information you need to ensure that you can have your say at the Scottish Parliament election on 5 May. If you're not registered to vote, you have until 18 April to apply online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote."

No Tolsta broadband for three months
14 households in North Tolsta have been without phone or broadband for nearly three months, since a lightning strike knocked the service out in January. Now Broadbay Councillor Donald Crichton is asking the head of BT Scotland, Brendan Dick, to come to the islands and hear concerns about this loss of service, and about the wider problems being experienced with the rollout of superfast broadband across the Broadbay area. Cllr Crichton has written to Mr Dick, saying: “This is becoming a matter of urgency.   It is now time to consider reimbursing customers for the disruption to the service and the inconvenience caused.  People are paying for a service that they are not receiving." He’s also invited Mr Dick to visit the islands at his convenience and to hear concerns from customers first-hand.
Coves climb date announced
The date for the next Coves Climb the Clisham event has been announced as Saturday April 30th, with the men-only event raising funds for the organisers, the Isle of Lewis Cancer Research Committee. Organisers said: “It was a great success last year and we are hoping it'll be bigger and better this year. The entry fee is £20 per cove, with the option of extra sponsorship, and lunch will be provided in Scaladale Centre after the walk.” Entry forms and more information about the event will be available from Events, Lewis Sports Centre and Harris Sports Centre.  Entry forms mustbe returned by Friday 22nd April.
Cancelled planes leave Dogs Trust stuck
Cancelled flights yesterday meant a two-day free micro-chipping event for dogs had to be cut in half, with the team from the Dogs Trust unable to reach Stornoway in time for the first session. The Dogs Trust team were due in Stornoway for an afternoon drop-in ‘surgery’ yesterday, but will be ready for action this morning from 9am at the Bridge Centre in Bayhead, where dogs can be micro-chipped free of charge. Remember vets can also micro-chip your pets by appointment.