Local News for Tuesday 14th August 2018

A week-long programme of events across Scotland, coordinated by Community Land Scotland (CLS) in partnership with the Scottish Government with activities and events running across the country is ongoing and runs until 19th August.
Showcasing projects in the Western Isles, community landowners are hosting a variety of tourism and heritage events and renewable energy project visits which will allow people to see more of what happens on community owned land.

Community Land Projects Events in the Western Isles yet to come include:
Today, Tuesday, at 11am, West Harris Trust will be hosting a guided visit to their renewables projects including a visit to the 100kW hydro scheme and 100kW Xant wind turbine. After the tour attendees will return to Talla na Mara for a tour of the building, a brief talk on the aims, objectives and achievements of the Trust.
And at 2pm on Thursday 16th August Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn will be hosting a short talk on the history of the estate right up to the time of the buyout followed by a mini movie of the key milestones and some highlights since the buyout in 2007. Visitors can visit the Beatha air a’ mhonadh (life on the moor) photography exhibition which is currently on display at the business centre. At 15.15 there will be an opportunity to take a guided walk to explore key sites of interest relating to the buyout celebration and the history of Galson. There will also be an opportunity at 16.30 to visit the wind energy project in Ballantrushal.

SNP MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Alasdair Allan, has urged people in Barra to make their views about the future of their Bank before a deadline for public responses to RBS’s consultation.
Mr Allan commented:
“RBS commissioned an independent review into the proposal to close its branch in Barra. I would now urge people in Barra to contribute to the consultation before it closes today the 14th August if they have not done so already. Responses can be submitted by emailing the consultants, Johnstone Carmichael at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."
Mr Allan continued saying:
“I have already submitted a response to the consultation on behalf of the constituents who have contacted me on this issue. Unsurprisingly, nobody has come to me making a case for the closure to go ahead. Instead, I have heard consistently about how personal and business customers will be disadvantaged if they are left without a branch on the island. Many people have also mentioned the impact which a closure would have for the many tourists visiting the island.
“There seems to have been an apparent underestimation, on the part of RBS, of the difficulties in providing a mobile banking service to an island - and the inevitable degradation of service to both Barra and to the Uists whenever disruptions to the ferry service arose.
Mr Allan also said he noted that RBS are committed to follow the advice of the independent review, and very much hopes the conclusion is to retain the branch, and to repair the confidence of the community in their banking service.

Residents in Scotland are now encouraged to nominate their local councillor for an award at the Local Government Information Unit’s (LGiU) first Scottish Councillor Achievement Awards.
There are six award categories celebrating the varied work of councillors:

1.*Community Champion:* for councillors who have gone above and beyond in
supporting their communities

2. *Finance: *for councillors who have shown vision in maximising resources
available to the council to best support residents

3. *Digital: *for councillors who have been particularly innovative or
inclusive in helping to roll out digital solutions

4. *Health Integration:* for councillors who have pioneered new ways of
approaching health and social care provision

5. *Education: *for councillors who have performed outstanding work in the
field of education

6. *Leader of the Year: * to celebrate the work of an exceptional Council

Nominations close on 20 September 2018. For more information or to Nominate a councillor visit the website at https://www.lgiuscotland.org.uk/councillor-awards-2018/