- Published: Monday, 20 April 2015 07:00
Vehicle traffic re-routed
Cars, vans and haulage vehicles will be travelling to and from the Isle of Lewis via Uig in Skye from today, during a suspension of vehicle traffic through Ullapool. The route change has been made necessary by upgrade works to the linkspan access ramp at Ullapool, at the end of a £17 million harbour upgrade. A new timetable is operating from Stornoway to Uig and fares have been discounted to match those on the Tarbert-Uig route, which will continue to run as normal. The MV Loch Seaforth will also continue to run between Stornoway and Ullapool, travelling light with only foot passenger traffic. The service from Stornoway to Uig will be running to a slightly irregular timetable, departing Stornoway at 7.40am most days and taking three hours to make the journey, with a return at 11.40am. The afternoon sailings will vary between 4 and 5pm from Stornoway. A full amended timetable is available on the CalMac website. Works are expected to take about four weeks if weather conditions are favourable.
Labour deputy in Stornoway
The Deputy Leader of the Labour Party in Scotland, Kezia Dugdale MSP, is in Stornoway today. She’ll be on the campaign trail with Scottish Labour’s candidate for the Western Isles constituency, Alasdair Morrison. Also standing in the Western Isles constituency are Angus MacNeil for the SNP, Ruaraidh Ferguson for the Liberal Democrats, Scottish Christian party candidate John Cormack and Scottish Conservative Mark Brown.
Deadline to register
Today is the last day for anyone wishing to register to vote in the General Election on Thursday May 7th. Registration can now be done by calling into the Electoral Registration Office on Point Street, opposite the Town Hall, or calling 01851 706262. Tomorrow the first postal ballot packs will begin to be sent out by the Election Office, to anyone who was registered for a postal vote before April 8th. You can still register for a postal vote up untl 5pm tomorrow, in which case your ballot pack will be sent in the second wave of distribution on April 27th.
A man’s to appear in court from custody today following an incident on the Tong road on Saturday afternoon.
A crew member on the fishery protection vessel Scotia was airlifted to Western Isles Hospital on Friday evening, after he collapsed on board the vessel while it was operating 35 miles north-west of St Kilda. Stornoway coastguard co-ordinated radio medical advice to the crew, and the helicopter R948 was sent to airlift the sick crewman back to Stornoway.
Phone lines down
Broadband and phone services were interrupted in the Stornoway area yesterday for several hours. BT said the fault had been fixed by 7pm and anyone with continuing problems should try re-starting their router, or contact BT again for advice.
Blar Buidhe open for business again.
The ban on admissions to the Blar Buidhe nursing home in Stornoway has been lifted, after an investigation into conditions of care at the home was completed. Iain Macaulay, Western Isles Chief Social Work Officer, said: "We have received positive feedback from NHS Western Isles and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar staff involved in this investigation. HC-One have worked closely and constructively with us during this whole process and we are pleased with the steps that they have taken to address our initial concerns. As a result, we are reassured that individuals are no longer deemed to be adults at risk of harm. Reviews will continue as part of normal monitoring."
Lewis Camanachd faced a drubbing in Grantown-on-Spey on Saturday, coming home smarting from a 6-0 scoreline inflicted by opponents Strathspey. Lewis now have two rest weeks before playing away to Skye on May 9th. The first home game is against Kilmallie on May 16th.
In glorious weather on Friday night the first island league football matches were played, with current champions Westside falling foul of some possible champions in the making at Ionad Stoodie, the match going 3-1 to Point. In Carloway, a 1-0 win was enough for Lochs to get their first 3 points on the board, while over in Ness scored a 2-0 win against Stornoway United. Aths v. Back has been postponed to April 29th. Tonight sees the first of the Acres Boys Club Cup semi-finals, with an on-form Ness taking on a Carloway side with a taste for domestic cup-finals. Kick off is scheduled for 6:30 pm, and the match will go to extra time and penalties if necessary.