Local News for Tuesday 9th October 2018

Putting local communities in the driving seat of shaping future services is the aim of the SNP Group at the Comhairle. The Comhairle is currently preparing its response to the Review of Local Governance being conducted by the Scottish Government and COSLA. A report with a draft final submission will come before councillors in December.

Recently, the full Comhairle backed an amendment by SNP Group Leader Gordon Murray on this matter.
Cllr Murray also called for the final Comhairle submission to introduce ‘the widest possible flexible and home-working arrangements to meet the needs of the Comhairle and the needs of an increasingly ageing workforce.

The amendment included a point on the re-introduction of the provision for itinerant music/art teachers to be considered through the community conversations.
Comhairle Leader Roddie Mackay indicated he would accept the amendment with the omission of that particular point.

Highlands & Islands Labour Regional MSP Rhoda Grant has commented on the RBS recent independent review on rural area bank closures, she said;
‘Out of the 62 earmarked for closure by RBS only two have been reprieved. This highlights what we all knew and that was that they were merely getting a stay of execution.

‘I strongly feel that neither RBS nor Johnstone Carmichael are considering the needs of these communities, the elderly frail or vulnerable. They are not taking notice of the fact that many do not want to use I.T. for banking as they do not trust it.

The MSP continued;
‘Customers want to go into a physical bank which is in many cases the centre of their community. Whilst I appreciate that RBS is providing mobile banking, I have serious concerns about access for the disabled and less able. If RBS really were thinking about their loyal customers, they would have considered all these factors before making decisions and they would at the very least have set in place fit for purpose mobile banking services.’

Charles Young of Fivepenny has successfully completed his two Great Runs, the Great North Run Half Marathon in England and the Great Scottish Run Half Marathon in support of two Ness charities, namely Comunn Eachdraidh Nis and Eoropie Dunes Playpark. The funds raised will be divided equally between the two charities.
Charles said after completing the Great Scottish Run “The atmosphere in Glasgow’s George Square was electric and the noise from the thousands of spectators was deafening. 15,000 runners took part in the Half Marathon, It was an unforgettable experience!”
Charles got a pleasant surprise when visiting the main sponsor’s tent, after the finish in Glasgow Green. Charles met Dame Kelly Holmes, the British Olympic and Commonwealth Games gold medallist.
To sponsor Charles in his fundraising support for the two great Ness charities, Comunn Eachdraidh Nis and Eoropie Dunes Playpark, sponsor forms are available in shops and businesses from Port of Ness to Barvas. Alternatively, donations can be made online at: