Local News for Wednesday 18th January 2017

GPS message in a bottle from Iceland
A digital message in a bottle has taken almost exactly a year to travel from south-west Iceland to the Hebrides, and is now bobbing about off the west coast of South Uist. The yellow capsule, containing a GPS transmitter, is one of two released into the sea as a science experiment by an Icelandic TV station. Aevar the scientist launched the two capsules on January 10th last year, to show children how rubbish released into the sea creates problems far from where it is dumped. One ‘bottle’ has already washed up in Tiree, after skirting Mingulay and Barra to get there, and was picked up by Tiree resident Rhoda Meek. The second remains adrift off the Western Isles, and is still sending out bleeps showing its position. You can track the bottle in case it washes up near you, by following the link on our Facebook page. http://www.verkis.is/gps

Have your say on next 20 years
The Comhairle is inviting public views on the Outer Hebrides Proposed Local Development Plan (LDP), which has just been published. The Proposed Plan outlines the Comhairle's approach to the development of land in the Outer Hebrides over the next twenty years.  Anyone can view the proposals and comment on the Proposed Plan, which sets out the Comhairle's approach to development of housing, economic development, mixed use, environment and infrastructure.  After the consultation, the Proposed Plan will be sent to Scottish Ministers and for independent examination by a Scottish Government appointed person.  The Public Consultation will run until 10th  March and is open to everyone.  The Plan documents are available at Comhairle offices in Stornoway, Tarbert, Balivanich and Castlebay, local libraries and other locations such as Spors Nis, Uig Community Shop and the Claddach Kirkibost Centre in North Uist.