Local News for Wednesday 14th December 2016

Port masterplan open for viewing
The masterplan for Stornoway Harbour over the next decades is open for viewing and discussion today – at drop-in sessions during the day and an open meeting later tonight. Stornoway Port Authority has created the plan to offer economic potential for the port to grow and prosper in years to come, with new marinas, deep mooring and on-shore facilities suited to yachts, cruise ships and industrial marine traffic. The plans are on display, with port authority staff and their planning partners on hand to answer questions, in Stornoway Ferry Terminal today from 10:30am to 12:30pm and there’s to be a public meeting 6:30pm in An Lanntair.


 
Ministers seem ‘willing’ on fishing crew issues
A meeting yesterday where leading figures from the Western Isles fishing industry spoke to UK Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill MP about crew shortages showed ‘increased wilingness to address the issue’ according to Isles MP Angus MacNeil. Mr MacNeil has been campaigning on behalf of boat owners who have been unable to put to sea due to crew shortages. Non-EU crew members willing to come and work West Coast fishing vessels have been denied work permits to enter the UK. Duncan MacInnes, Secretary of the Western Isles Fishermen’s Association and Donald J Maclean, Managing Director of Barratlantic joined the Deputy Chief of Mission of the Philippine Embassy, Senen Mangalile, and MPs representing other fishing communities. Mr MacNeil said it was a constructive meeting. He said: “Mr Goodwill said they will look at the details of a scheme which was run in the past which enabled non-EEA fisherman to come in. They are looking at details towards a working solution.”
 
New road markings
Stornoway police want drivers to be aware of new road markings on Church Street in Stornoway, which came into effect yesterday. There is now no right turn from Kenneth Street to travel up Church Street. New ‘give way’ markings at the bottom of Church Street ask drivers to give way to traffic from the left. A police spokesman said: “There is adequate signage out on display and new paint markings on the road itself.”
 
Get your Santa Suit now!
Organisers of the 2016 Santa Run want it to be the biggest and best yet, and with Santa Suits now available at Lewis Sports Centre, there’s no excuse for being unprepared. The run this year is on Christmas Eve, Saturday December 24th, and you can download an entry form from the Comhairle website, where prices for entrants are also available, whether or not you bring your own suit. http://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/isl/index.asp