Local News for Friday 20th July 2018

FRATELLIS Headline Friday Night at Heb Celt Fest
Glasgow trio he Fratellis’ most famous song is as familiar to football and ice hockey supporters as it is to fans at their live shows.
Tonight it will be the turn of the Hebridean Celtic Festival audience to belt out the infectious chorus of ‘Chelsea Dagger’ which appeared on the band’s first album 12 years ago. As well as a crowd pleaser at gigs, the song has been adopted, and adapted, by fans at both Celtic and Chelsea. When asked what they were expecting at HebCelt? The fratellies said: “Well, We'd love some sunshine. Other than that, a gig to remember is always the goal. With us the very least people can expect is a lot of effort and a good dance.”
As well as earlier material, the band, who headline the festival’s main stage tonight, will showcase new songs from their fifth album ‘In Your Own Sweet Time’, which was released in March to critical acclaim and is already one of their favourites.

This year’s HebCelt runs until Saturday 21st July when Deacon Blue headline the main stage. Other acts performing today include Dante at 3.15pm on the mainstage, Saltfish Forty 4.30pm on the mainstage, Tidelines 7.45 mainstage also highlights on other stages include Colin Maclead 6.30pm acoustic stage and Roddy woomble at 9pm on the LWP Islands stage. Check availability of Day tickets for Heb Celt website at www.hebceltfest.com

Affordable Housing Programme for 2018/19
The Comhairle, in partnership with Hebridean Housing Partnership, has recently approved the Affordable Housing Programme for 2018/19. There are two housing developments planned for Harris. The first development is on the site of the former Police Station in Tarbert. The existing buildings will be demolished and replaced by eight 2 bedroom flats. Work is expected to start in Aug/Sep this year, with an anticipated completion date of June 2019.
The second planned development is in Horgabost, near the recent HHP development at Pairc Nisabost. This will be for four new houses for sale to first time buyers. These houses will be built by HHP through the Shared Equity Scheme. The new owners can buy a share of the property (for example 60%) depending on their household income & circumstances, and the Scottish Government would retain the balance. The homeowner can increase their ownership share as their circumstances improve. If the homeowner wants to sell the property, they would receive a percentage of the selling price based on the percentage share they own. This will be the first Shared Equity housing development in Harris. This type of housing has been very successful in Stornoway, with over 80 built in recent years. As well as these two developments, the Comhairle and HHP are also carrying out Feasibility Studies on a number of other sites in Harris. The results from these feasibility studies will help inform the Affordable Housing programme for next financial year.

Funding for First Highlands spaceport
Plans to launch micro satellites into space from the northern Highlands of Scotland have taken a major step forward with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) announcing further funding to develop the space sector.
The UK Space Agency (UKSA) has announced £2.5m grant funding to support a project led by regional development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) that aims to create the UK’s first spaceport and support around 400 jobs.
HIE has confirmed a major funding package for the project totaling £17.3m, including the £2.5m from UKSA and £9.8m from HIE which has been approved in principle by the HIE Board, subject to conditions. While details of the package are still to be confirmed, the enterprise agency expects to attract further contributions from partners that will offset its share of the overall cost.
Over the next 18 months, HIE will prepare a planning application to the Highland Council, which is expected to be submitted late next year.
The funding will enable HIE to develop detailed plans and, subject to planning and other regulations, build a vertical launch site for a new generation of small rockets to launch micro communication and earth-observation satellites at The Moine, on the Melness Crofting Estate near Tongue in north Sutherland.
Once the site is developed, it is expected that the Sutherland site could host up t