Local News for Monday 26th March 2018

Trust vote tomorrow
Stornoway Trust offices open at 8am tomorrow for people to vote in person at the Stornoway Trust election. 22 candidates are standing for five of the 10 Trustee positions, with contentious issues including Sunday opening of the Golf course, and issues around wind farms, driving a burst of interest in the available positions. The ballot is a postal ballot, but it is now too late to post voting slips, which will be counted at the London centre of Electoral Reform Services. Instead, votes can be cast in person between 8am and 8pm tomorrow at the Trust’s offices on Perceval Square.

Support for increase in Barra air services
Last week’s announcement of a seasonal increase in air services between Barra and Glasgow has met with a widespread positive response, including from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. Scottish Government transport minister made the announcement that additional services were to be provided in the summer months, with extra money and some re-allocation of services from out-of-season periods helping to support the change. Chairman of Transportation and Infrastructure, Cllr Uisdean Robertson, said: "The Comhairle is very pleased to hear that air services between Glasgow and Barra are to be further enhanced. Greater connectivity and capacity on this route is something that the Comhairle has been pursuing with the airline for several years now and the latest development demonstrates the continuing commitment that both Scottish Government and the airline have to the service". Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan also welcomed the 22 additional return flights from Glasgow to Barra in May and early June, and up to 40 additional return flights from Glasgow to Barra from late June to October. Dr Allan said: “Barra is easily one of the most attractive places in Scotland for tourists to visit. These changes should help benefit the local economy while making it easier for residents to get to and from the mainland.” And Barra councillor Donald Manford said: "A decision to support a continued increase in flights between Barra and Glasgow particularly in this economic climate is quite phenomenal. The confidence the Scottish Government has in our resolve to grow our economy and our community is inspiring. “

Historical Society AGM
The AGM of the Stornoway Historical Society will be held tonight at 6.30pm, in the Council Chambers, Sandwick Rd. The last of the Stornoway Historical Society’s winter series of lectures will follow at 7pm. The topic is 'A Tour Around Stornoway Streets' with Sandy Matheson and Malcolm Macdonald.