Local News for Wednesday 2nd January 2019

STORNOWAY PORT AUTHORITY CONSULTS ON HARBOUR PLANS

The public are reminded that Stornoway Port Authority is consulting on the next stage of developing the town’s 20-year harbour master plan.

Alex Macleod, Stornoway Port Authority’s chief executive, said: “A new marina, together with the reclamation and other developments at the site, will significantly enhance facilities at the port and bring major benefits to the local community and our visitors. Seeking the marine licences and harbour revision order is the next step towards achieving these goals.”

Copies of licence applications, including plans, and a copy of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report can be inspected, free at Stornoway Port Authority, Amity House, Esplanade Quay, Stornoway - Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm and at Stornoway Library, 15 Cromwell Street, Stornoway Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm, plus late opening to 7pm on Thursdays. Both locations will be closed on public holidays.

The EIA Report can also be viewed online at www.stornowayportauthority.com
Copies of a short, non-technical summary are available from Stornoway Port Authority free of charge.

Any representations should be made by Friday, 25 January by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by post to The Scottish Government, Marine Scotland Licensing Operations Team, Marine Laboratory, 375 Victoria Road, Aberdeen, AB11 9DB, identifying the proposed works and specifying grounds for objection or support.

A copy of the draft Harbour Revision may also be inspected, free of charge, between 9am-5pm Monday and Friday at the port authority offices until 25 January.

Those wishing to make a representation on the application should contact Val Ferguson, Ports and Harbours Branch, Transport Scotland, Area 2F North, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ (or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


MSP CONCERNS FOR KIDNEY DIALYSIS PATIENTS

Highlands & Islands Regional Labour MSP Rhoda Grant was concerned to learn that five patients travel from Skye to Raigmore Hospital three times a week for kidney dialysis treatment.

The MSP communicated with Elaine Mead, Chief Executive of NHS Highland to ask if they had considered installing one dialysis machine into Broadford Hospital for the use of locally based patients. In the response Rhoda Grant was advised that up until two years ago nobody was requiring haemodialysis in the area. They concluded that they were trying to find a local solution to respond to the current need.

Rhoda Grant said: ‘Patients traveling from Skye three times a week to Raigmore Hospital for treatment is not acceptable in this day and age, and also expensive for those having to travel and NHS Highland with regard to expenses. I understand that this is a challenging situation for NHS Highland to address, but I would have thought having a dialysis machine located in Boardford Hospital would be the answer.’


ALLAN CALLS ON TORIES NOT TO BREAK MANIFESTO PLEDGE

Alasdair Allan, SNP MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar has called on the UK Government to abandon its plans to abolish free TV licences for over 75s. The Islands MSP called for the Conservatives to keep to their manifesto pledge, and fund the BBC to make sure that this benefit remains feasible.
The BBC have launched a consultation on this matter, which will run until February 2019.
There are over 3000 individuals who live in the Western Isles over the age of 75 – each saving £150.50 a year under the present system.
Alasdair Allan said:
‘The last thing that our elderly population need is to have an extra £150.50 added to their household bills.
‘Having access to television can provide an important window to the world, for those who suffer from loneliness, and live a long way away from their families.
‘On page 68 of Theresa May’s 2017 manifesto, there is a clear commitment to maintain the free TV licences for our elderly population’.