Local News for Tuesday 3rd July 2018

Summer Drink Drive
Police in the Highlands and Islands are warning motorists to plan their trip home in advance if they want to enjoy a drink this summer. Road policing officers will be involved in a national road safety campaign aimed at detecting drivers who are under the influence of drink or drugs. Despite several high-profile campaigns highlighting the dangers of drinking and driving, officers continue to stop motorists who have ignored the risks and got behind the wheel while under the influence. Three motorists - two men and one woman - were stopped in the Inverness, Easter Ross and Isle of Lewis areas on Thursday, June 28. All three will be reported for drink driving offences.

Over the next fortnight officers will carry out high visibility patrols and roadside checks aimed at removing drink drivers from the roads. They will also be watching for early morning motorists who may be under the influence from the night before.
The message is simple - there is no safe limit. If you need to drive then do not drink at all. Anyone with concerns about a suspected drink driver can call Police Scotland on 101 or 999 in an emergency situation. You can also pass information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Isles MP comments on independent study on islands bank.
Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus B MacNeil is pleased that business advisers, Johnston Carmichael are to carry out an independent study on the Lochboisdale and Castlebay RBS bank branches.
Commenting Mr MacNeil said: "I look forward to Johnston Carmichael coming to the islands and having their review complete in September. RBS are to be praised for taking this step. Only a few months ago they were telling us that bank the closure of the Castlebay branch was an irrevocable decision and wouldn't be revisited. I raised a number practical problems with RBS following their initial closure plans and welcome that they have now appointed business advisers Johnston Carmichael to carry out an independent review. "There are a number of factors I hope Johnston Carmichael will take into consideration and I hope that they will spend time in both Castlebay and Lochboisdale. "Despite the current spell of good weather, it is only a few short weeks since the mobile bank was only able to travel only one day out of three, which means we would have great difficulty in the winter. RBS seem to be coming round to the point of view that their initial decision was flawed, something I feel is shared by the Economic Secretary to HM Treasury, John Glen MP who is coming to visit the islands at the end of August."

Golden Eagle Challenge
The first ever Golden Eagle Challenge will take place in the Isle of Harris on July 14th.
The challenge, which is raising funds for The Leanne Fund, consists of a 10.6 mile off road run and a 19.7-mile cycle. Held to mark what would have been Leanne’s 30th birthday, the challenge will take participants on an off-road run across Harris before the return leg to the finish line at Scaladale.
Drivers are asked to take extra care that morning as there will be competitors using the main road and spectators should particularly avoid the Meavaig to Hushinish road while the challenge is in progress.

Commenting Chrisetta Mitchell, Development Manager of The Leanne Fund said:
“We are really excited to be organising The Golden Eagle Challenge and we wish all the competitors the best of luck. “The main purpose of organising the event is to raise funds for The Fund to directly support those affected by Cystic Fibrosis. We are very grateful to the local community and businesses in Harris for supporting this inaugural event.” For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/goldeneaglechallenge/