Local News for Wednesday 11th October 2017

Cold-call tax scam warning
A cold calling scam, claiming to be calling from the tax office, could be fooling residents, according to Trading Standards officers. The caller claims to be from the HMRC and warns that you have underpaid Income tax by £900, with two notifications already sent by post. Imminent court action is threatened and in some cases the caller has asked for payment to be made by money transfer or by purchasing gift cards. A Trading Standards spokesperson said: "Clearly we are concerned that this scam can cause distress and anxiety for elderly or vulnerable residents as the caller sounds official and depicts the matter as serious and urgent. As with all cold calls we warn that you should not give personal details or banking information over the phone to unverified callers.

Draft Gaelic plan opens for views
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has prepared a draft of its Gaelic Language Plan for 2018-2022, and it opened for public consultation yesterday. The six-week period of public consultation, ends on Monday 20th November, 2017. Cllr John A MacIver, Chairman of the Comhairle's Gaelic Committee, said: "The Comhairle remains committed to strengthening Gaelic in the Western Isles and although we realise there is still work to do, there are also some very encouraging signs, with pre-schools numbers looking very healthy. Indeed, we hope that this generation will emerge as fluent and confident speakers who are proud of their language. We are also aware of the economic value of the language to the islands and we hope the plan will help to promote the opportunities that exist in relation to the culture and heritage aspects of the language. We would encourage anyone with an interest in the language to submit their views on the draft plan before the deadline. This Draft Plan is available on the Comhairle's website.

Road and causeway works
Roadworks start tomorrow in Uist and Barra with waterproofing and re-surfacing works at Craigston Junction bridge, Barra up until the 26th October. Works will temporarily restrict emergency vehicles. North Ford 1 causeway viaduct (North of Gramsdale) is also scheduled for urgent repairs and contractors Aberdeen Marine will be on site with a dive team and will be working on substructures for several weeks. Scheduled road closures are between 11pm and 3am for plant and material access between the 18th and 25th October. The closure will not restrict emergency vehicles.

Sports awards presented
Lewis and Harris Sports Council held their sports awards presentation at their AGM on Monday, with winners receiving their awards from chair Lesley Graham Lewis. The Salsc Service to Sport Award went to Alex John Macleod at Back Football and Recreation Club. Under 18 Sportsworld Sports Person of the year was Andrew Hughson and his club, Harris Gun Club, was LHSC club of the year. Over 18 Sportsworld Sports Person of the year is Kara Hanlon with her team, the Scottish Salmon WIIGA swim team, named as Murdo Maclean Squad of the Year. Sportscotland Community Coach of the Year is Lorraine Morrison, running and fitness coach and the Sportscotland Young Coach of the Year is Ali Gillies, youth football coach.