Local News for Monday 3rd December 2018


Angus MacNeil, MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, has opened up his constituency office as a donation drop off point for Eilean Siar Foodbank in the run up to Christmas.

Eilean Siar Foodbank are working hard to provide food packages for islanders facing crisis situations and the weeks before Christmas are one of their busiest periods.

Mr MacNeil’s office at 31 Bayhead, Stornoway, will be a drop off point for donations of Tins, Packets, Christmas Fare and other non-perishable items from now until December 20th. A box is located in the reception area and donations can be dropped off between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday. This will complement a collection taking place in the Stornoway Tesco store.

Mr MacNeil said: ‘It is shocking that between April 1st and September 30th this year, nearly 300 emergency 3 day food packages were given out to island residents who find themselves in a crisis situation. This included 80 packages for children. Eilean Siar Foodbank need to replenish supplies to allow them to assist families in crisis for the year ahead’.

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Local News for Friday 30th November 2018


Music fans attending the Hebridean Celtic Festival have helped support the work of Macmillan Cancer Support to the tune of £14,000 over the last decade.
This year, HebCelt’s association with Macmillan’s Lewis committee reached the ten-year milestone. As the event’s nominated charity, it benefits from annual donations from fans.
Macmillan provide a team of volunteers to support the festival by providing specialist care to disabled festival patrons. In return festival-goers are able to donate any unused bar tokens and cash to Macmillan at the festival grounds. This year a collection was also held at the entrance to the free family events in the Town Hall.
The 23rd HebCelt, was held from 18-21 July in Stornoway and sold out on all four days.
Festival director Caroline Maclennan said: “As a festival firmly rooted in its community, we are proud to be able to give something back to the islands and its people.
“The local Macmillan committee does incredibly valuable work and we are delighted that, through the generosity of festival-goers, we have been able to raise this amount over the last ten years to support them.”

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Local News for Thursday 29th November 2018

NHS Western Isles is seeking feedback on how life is for islanders living with a Neurological condition.

A range of local events and feedback opportunities have been arranged throughout the Western Isles. These include One-to-One telephone interviews; Daytime/Evening Focus Groups; an On-line survey to be completed at your own leisure, and the chance for a Cuppa and Catch-up with support group Neuro Hebrides.

Neurological disease can affect people in different ways; no two people living with a neurological condition are the same.

For islanders to have their say on life with Neurological conditions in the Western Isles, the seven pre-set question on-line survey can be taken at: www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/NeurologicalStandards/

One-to-One phone interviews can be set up at a time to suit the individual – for more information contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Neurological Care & Support Public Consultation will run until Thursday, December 13th.

There will also be a Cuppa and Catch-Up with Neuro Hebrides on Monday, 3rd December, 2pm-4.30pm, Lewis Retirement Centre, Bayhead, Stornoway.

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Local News for Wednesday 28th November 2018

The Councils Airport Consultative Committee have welcomed an update on Isles air services from Loganair. They heard that a second Embraer jet will be added to Loganair’s fleet in December on the Glasgow-Stornoway route. The jets will increase reliability of service.

The Committee also heard that there has been improved punctuality and reliability on the Benbecula –Glasgow route and a 10% growth over the summer.

Loganair may also swap the under-performing Stornoway-Inverness evening service, for a morning Stornoway - Inverness flight at 07.35am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. This should help make improved connections to Nairn and Dyce rail services. There may also be potential to re-instate a two-way Inverness-Benbecula morning connection on Tuesdays to Thursdays by the end of March 2019.

Cllr Uisdean Robertson, Chair of the Committee, said: ‘It is good to see services are performing well and that Loganair is continuing to look to make improvements. These services are vital for the people of the Western Isles and for the economy of the Islands. We must all look at how we can achieve the best outcomes for passengers.’

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Local News for Tuesday 27th November 2018

Commenting on the announcement of dates for the next stage of the Scottish Land Court’s consideration of the proposed Stornoway Wind Farm, Will Collins, LWP Project Manager, said: ‘The Stornoway Wind Farm would be located across a number of common grazings and we are required to obtain approval from the Land Court in order to protect the interests of the crofting community.

‘LWP’s application being considered by the Land Court provides for payments to crofters in recognition of the impact on access to a small proportion of the overall grazings.

‘In addition to our Land Court application we are working closely with the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and the Stornoway Trust, to ensure a significant community shareholding in the Stornoway Wind Farm and our Uisenis Wind Farm.’

LWP say the stake they are offering could make the council and the Trust the largest community investors in wind power in the UK and would deliver “several million pounds each year” to be invested by the community over and above the community benefit payments from LWP’s two wind farm projects

Read more: Local News for Tuesday 27th November 2018