Local News for Friday 4th January 2019
FATAL ROAD TRAFFIC COLLISION, SWAINBOST, ISLE OF LEWIS
Police Scotland can confirm that the pedestrian who sadly died following a road traffic collision on the A857 at Swainbost was Joan Murray Morrison, 67, who was from the local area.
The collision occurred at around 5.30pm on Monday 31st December, and involved a Black Dacia Logan. The driver of the car was not injured.
Sergeant Christopher Murray of the Road Policing Department, Highlands and Islands Division, said:
"Our thoughts at this time are with those involved and their families. Road Policing Officers have travelled to Lewis and an investigation into the collision is underway. We have already spoken to a number of witnesses and we are grateful for the assistance the local community have provided.
In order to help establish the cause of the collision, I would urge anyone who saw either the vehicle prior to the collision, a pedestrian walking in the area or the collision itself and who has not already come forward, to do so."
Anyone with information can contact Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 080055511 in confidence, quoting incident number 2648 of the 31st December, 2018.
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Local News for Thursday 3rd January 2019
SNH DIVERS SURVEY ST KILDA REEFS & SEA CAVES
St Kilda’s special reefs and sea caves are in good condition; a new report concludes.
The findings of a wide-reaching survey carried out in 2015 by a team of divers have now been published by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).
Almost 90 years after St Kilda’s last 36 residents were evacuated to the mainland, the islands remain vitally important for the wildlife they support.
The World Heritage Site hosts huge seabird populations, including the world’s second largest colony of North Atlantic gannets, and the waters around St Kilda are part of Scotland’s Marine Protected Areas (MPA) network, designated a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) for their reefs and sea caves, which attract a wealth of spectacular sea life.
Crucial to the management of the MPA network, as with protected areas on land, is monitoring.
The purpose of the St Kilda survey was to judge the current condition of the site and to establish a baseline against which future assessments of its special features could be made.
Weather conditions severely interrupted the team’s plans but they managed to survey four caves at St Kilda, returning with valuable data and a collection of stunning photographs, which can be viewed and downloaded courtesy of SNH online at https://bit.ly/2QSoeQ2
The full report on the survey, which found that the cave and reef features were in good condition, can be also be read online at: https://bit.ly/2V8SuEK
CHANGING TASTES FOR CALMAC PASSENGERS
It may be the cup that cheers, but it seems tea is no longer the beverage of choice for travellers with Local ferry operator, CalMac.
Latest figures released by the company show that over the summer season it sold more than twice as many cups of coffee than the more traditional choice of hot drink.
The move away from tea in favour of mochas, espressos and cappuccinos is a reflection of wider changing tastes on board according to CalMac’s, Head of Customer Sales, Kurt Hart- he said:
‘Good food adds a lot to an enjoyable passenger experience. Many of our suppliers are from the islands we serve from Stornoway Black Pudding to Arran Ice Cream
Kurt continued: ‘There will always be a place for traditional fayre, it is our job to make sure it is of the highest quality, made with the freshest ingredients from traceable local suppliers where possible, it is what our customers rightly expect.’
Read more: Local News for Thursday 3rd January 2019