Local News for Tuesday 6th December 2016

SSPCA call after cockerels abandoned
Local officers for the SSPCA are appealing for information after two groups of four cockerels were found abandoned on the Pentland Road. They’ve been unable to rescue the fowl, although they have been seen in the same area several times. An SSPCA spokesman said: “Dumping domestic animals of any kind is classed as abandonment and is illegal. If anyone has any information about this can they please contact us on 07733 007255.”


 
Minister’s visit will be ‘too late for consultation’
The UK Minister of State for Energy has told Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil that she is to visit the Hebrides next year – four months after consultation on island renewables ends. Baroness Neville-Rolfe is expected to visit the islands in May 2017 to discuss renewable energy opportunities. The UK Government recently announced that Remote Island Wind projects would not be eligible for support in the next Contract for Difference Auction – a vital means of support to make projects sustainable. Mr MacNeil plans to take up the issue, during the consultation period, with Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for business, energy and industrial strategy. Mr MacNeil said: “I welcome the Minister’s plans to visit the Hebrides and see for herself the potential there is for renewables here and to meet with those planning projects here in the islands. The meeting timescale four months after the close of the consultation is a little surprising, but I hope the Minister will have some more positive news on island renewables during her visit.”
 
An Lot fans gift from BBC Alba
Fans of Ness Crofter Donald MacSween – or Sweeny as he is better known to many – will get an early Christmas present from BBC Alba, as the channel returns to The Croft for a new six-part series. The new series follows Sweeny from early Spring, when he's gathering the sheep in from the moor ahead of lambing. Having expanded his flock from 60 to 80, it will be a particularly busy time for him and his Dad who is never too far away to lend a helping hand. With the hens now two years old, egg production has decreased and Sweeny needs to consider buying new hens. The series also follows Sweeny as he discusses plans to increase his pig stock. The landscape, the family and the community who support him all make for fascinating TV viewing. The Croft or An Lot, a six-part series produced by MacTV for BBC ALBA, starts on Monday 12th December at 8.30 until 9.00pm.
 
North Lewis run results in
The full list of results from Saturday’s North Lewis 5 and 10k runs has now been posted on the website of Stornoway Running and Athletics Club. In the 5k, the first three men were Peter Greenstock, Ryan Macdonald and Charlie Morrison, while the first three women were Isla Budge, Gemma Macritchie and Rachel Murray. In the 10k race, first three women were Alison Macleod, Marina Murray and Katie Mackenzie, and the top three men Mark Maciver, Angus Murray and Alistair Dunlop. December is full of running excitement, with the third wacky race on December 15th, the Christmas Handicap race on Saturday 17th at 11am, the Santa Run at 10.30 on Christmas Eve morning and a Boxing Day Trot planned for December 26th. More updates and info from SRAC on their Facebook page and website.