Local News for Tuesday 26th June 2018

Bumper tractor turnout in Ness
Tractors turned out in force at the weekend for the annual Ness Tractor Run, which ran in dry, if not sunny conditions. Nearly 60 tractors took part and a total of £1,842 was raised to support Ness youngsters Andrew Wilson from Lionel and Joshua Campbell from Knockaird. Volunteers from Ness Fire Station helped with traffic control and there were photos and videos galore from spectators along the route.

Western Isles Labour selects candidate
The Western Isles Labour party has made their selection of the candidate to contest the next General Election, choosing North Uist woman Alison MacCorquodale, from Paiblesgarry, who currently works as an Economic Development Officer for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. An Honours law graduate from Aberdeen University, she is also secretary of UNISON’s Western Isles Local Government Branch. Ms MacCorquodale paid tribute to her predecessor, Ealasaid Macdonald, who generated a 10% swing to the party at the last election. She said: “I want to build on the great work that was done at the last election and will be a candidate who listens to and acts on behalf of the people of the Western Isles. It is essential our priorities are represented with consistency, tenacity and focus on outcomes. The future of our fragile islands’ economy depends on attracting more people here while retaining our current population. I will work constructively with anyone, regardless of party label, to achieve these outcomes.”

New tourism chief sought
Outer Hebrides Tourism is looking for a new chief executive to lead the organisation in projects such as the Outer Hebrides branding, Eat Drink Hebrides and the Hebridean Way. Rachel Mackenzie, area manager for HIE in the Outer Hebrides, said: “Tourism is a key sector for HIE and one that can make a significant contribution to the economy of the Outer Hebrides.” OHT is well on track to delivering the ambitious Tourism Outer Hebrides 2020 strategy which aims to grow the value of tourism to £74m by 2020. The new Chief Executive will be tasked with working with the board to continue this good work and to develop its successor strategy.

Auction Mart calls EGM
Lewis and Harris Auction Mart have called an Extraordinary General Meeting next Monday to discuss the future operation of the mart. The mart has not yet published sale dates for 2018, and say: “It is essential that sheep and cattle producers in Lewis and Harris who intend to use the mart in future attend this important meeting.” The meeting will be at the mart at Steinish on Monday July 2nd at 7pm.