Local News for Tuesday 1st May 2018

Lido is best newcomer
Stornoway’s Lido café has been named the best newcomer in the Scottish Entertainment and Hospitality awards, announced on Sunday at Merchant Square in Glasgow. The café, opened one year ago in premises recently vacated after a complete refit, was recognised in a public vote as the best in Scotland. The owners said: “We couldn't be more proud of what we've achieved in under one year of opening. Thank you everyone.” The Lido makes pizzas and cooks locally-sourced ingredients from scratch, offering sit-in and take-away options and special-diet choices at their premises opposite the Town Hall on Cromwell Street.

Now no need to close Castlebay RBS – MP
MP Angus MacNeil has renewed pressure on the Royal Bank of Scotland to give a total reprieve to their closure-threatened branch in Castlebay, Barra, after news that the bank’s profits are well up. Mr MacNeil delivered a petition signed by hundreds of islanders at the House of Commons last week, and said: “RBS is 72 percent owned by the taxpayer and it is only right that the UK Government is aware of the enormous impact bank closures and reduced hours will have on island communities. The actions of RBS are particularly galling with today’s news that the bank has announced a threefold increase in profits for the first quarter.” RBS has granted a stay of execution to the branch already, announcing that it will remain open for the rest of this year, but its longer-term future is still unresolved.

More for affordable homes
The Scottish Government yesterday announced £8 million more funding for affordable housing in the Western Isles, meaning more homes can be built in the islands this financial year. Increases have been guaranteed for the next three years, rising to £8.5 million in 2019-20 and £9.1 million in 2020-21. Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said: “Affordable housing is about more than just bricks and mortar – it provides safe, warm homes that benefit every part of Scotland. This means the Comhairle can plan homes now, with a guarantee that funding will increase each year.”

Gaelic summer camps in Harris
Hundreds of youngsters from all over Scotland are set to descend on Haris in July, as two weeks of summer camps for Gaelic-speakers are planned by Spòrs Gàidhlig. Open to children aged 9-12 years, the camps include games and adventure activities, sightseeing and time on the beach, with activities conducted in Gaelic for learners and fluent speakers alike. More information by email from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.