Local News for Wednesday 18th July 2018

Councillor Is Joint Vice President
Councillor Alasdair Macleod of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has been appointed as Joint Vice President of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions’ influential Islands Commission for 2018/19. Councillor Macleod shares this position, on a six monthly rotation, with Mr Filip Reinhag, Vice Mayor of Gotland Island, Sweden.
Cllr Macleod, said, “In the Western Isles, we view ourselves as Europeans and we have benefited greatly from membership of CPMR’s Islands Commission over many years. The Islands Commission engages on our behalf at the highest level within the European Union and will continue to do so after Brexit as we continue to access vital EU research and development funds.

“Along with Vice Mayor Reinhag, I have accepted this position to ensure that the islands of Northern Europe retain their rightful place at the decision making table in Europe. Through this appointment, Filip and I will work to ensure that our islands continue to benefit from engagement with Europe and, equally important, to ensure that our combined experience across a range of sectors can continue to be shared with our Island partners across Europe”.

Door-to-Door collections
Trading Standards Officers from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are aware of doorstep collectors currently operating in Lewis who may be portraying to be charity collectors. Legitimate charity collectors should not be confused with potential doorstep scams.
A spokesperson said: “If a person feels under pressure or has any concerns at any time, they should contact Trading Standards on 01851 822 694, Police Scotland on 101 or Faire Community Care line on 01851 70 1702. If you would prefer not to have such callers at your doorstep, we remind residents that Doorstoppers signage from the Doorstoppers Campaign can be printed off from the Comhairle’s website.”

Cal Mac Ferry Renamed for Festival
The Ullapool-Stornoway ferry is being temporarily renamed in honour of the flagship Hebridean Celtic Festival that opens Today, Wednesday and is heading for a sell-out. During this week, the Loch Seaforth will be known as the HebCelt Ferry as it carries thousands of festival-goers to and from the award-winning event.
The ferry’s on-board restaurant will also have a special HebCelt-themed menu this week, featuring a new dish Mac ‘n’ Black which includes the famous Stornoway black pudding. In addition, a pop-up festival ticket collection/information point will be on the 5.30pm sailing from Ullapool on Wednesday and 10.30am crossing to Stornoway on Thursday. The arrangements are part of a partnership between the festival and Caledonian MacBrayne which has been a sponsor for most of the festival’s 23 years.
Karen McGregor, Business Development Director, CalMac Ferries Ltd, said: “HebCelt is an international attraction which puts Stornoway and the Outer Hebrides on the map every year. “We are delighted to be associated with such a major event and play a part in getting festival goers on and off the island safely.”
Festival director Caroline Maclennan said: “This is another example of the extremely close working relationship between HebCelt and CalMac.
“During festival week the ferry becomes almost a floating ceilidh due to the many musicians and music fans travelling to Stornoway and so it seems appropriate that it adopts a new name for a few days.”
The strong demand for tickets means all Saturday and weekend tickets have been sold and only a limited number are still available for Thursday and Friday.’ Remaining day tickets are available from the festival shop and website.See www.hebceltfest.com