Local News for Tuesday 31st May 2016

Battle of Jutland remembered
Service personnel and their supporters will raise a glass today in memory of all those lost in the Battle of Jutland, which took place 100 years ago today. On the 31st of May 1916 British and German naval forces clashed in the largest naval engagement of the the Great War. Today, 7 Scots are hosting a remembrance service in Stornoway to honour and remember those lost from both sides. The event will take place in the Drill Hall in Stornoway from 6.54pm, and is open to everyone. It includes a short talk and the reading of an award-winning poem, followed by a buffet and refreshments, a raffle in aid of Poppy Scotland and dancers performing a hornpipe. Company sergeant Tommy Stewart said: “With hornpipes danced and played and poems read out, in my eyes, although an evening of remembrance, I do not think those lost would mind as we also raise a glass in their memory.”

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Local News for Monday 30th May 2016

Stornoway run in the sun
Brilliant sunshine smiled on runners in Saturday’s Stornoway Half Marathon, 10k and Fun Run. The town had a festival air as runners set off from 10am on a half marathon course which took in road routes around the town as well as parts of the Castle Grounds. The start and finish line at the Inner Harbour was decked in flags and runners were applauded acorss the finish line in a celebratory atmosphere. Stornoway runner Willie MacRury was first across the line in the half marathon, in a time of one hour, 13 minutes and 17 seconds, with the first woman Alanna Goddard, also running for Stornoway, in a time of 1:26:56. Runners from all over Scotland, and as far south as Haywards Heath, were among 128 finishers. In the 10k the first runner home was Stornoway’s Connor Maclean in 30 minutes and 37 seconds and the first woman, veteran Laura Ross in 39:41.

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Local News for Friday 27th May 2016

Councillors cut to 26 recommended
The Local Government Boundaries Commission has submitted its final recommendations to Scottish ministers on ward boundaries and councillor representation in each of Scotland’s 32 local authority areas. It’s the fifth statutory review of electoral arrangements and there are now six weeks for all parties to make representations on the recommended changes. In the Western Isles, the LGBC suggests that 26 councillors should represent six,  three-member wards and two four-member wards, reducing councillor numbers in the area by four.

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Local News for Thursday 26th May 2016

Shadow role for MSP
Highlands & Islands MSP David Stewart has been named Shadow Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform in the new Scottish Parliament. He has also been selected for a role as part of the powerful Scottish Parliament Corporate Body Committee (SPCB) which oversees the general running of the Parliament. Mr Stewart he was pleased to accept the new responsibilities, and said “ I have had previous experience with environmental issues and all three issues  will have far reaching effects on Scotland's economy, its people and its environment. We know already that Scotland has one of the lowest proportions of rented land in Scotland, so there is much work to be done.”

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Local News for Wednesday 25th May 2016

Former estate owner to sue
It’s been reported that the former owner of the Pairc Estate in Lewis is to sue the new owners, Pairc Trust, for £700,000. Barry Lomas says he’s owed the money for legal costs incurred during the sale, and compensation. Mr Lomas received £500,000 purchase price after protracted legal wrangling and interventions under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act of 2003. Funding support came from the Scottish Land Fund, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, and the local Muaitheabhal Community Wind Farm Trust, in addition to almost £300,000 raised by the Pairc Trust themselves.  Trust representatives said this week that they did not believe Mr Lomas was entitled to any payments, but that they expected he would pursue his claim.

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