Local News for Friday 23rd November 2018

Work is underway on the first phase of the Coastal Path project around Point and Sandwick with the first turf cut earlier this week.

The path will help to open better access and stimulate economic/social activity including new nature, cultural and for history based tourism. This phase prioritises a new enhanced extension of path and coastal defence past Eaglais Na H-Aoidh towards Aiginis.

Local Councillor Alasdair Macleod, commented: ‘I am very pleased to see work underway on this community project which will benefit social and economic activity in the Point area. This will greatly enhance Point and it is very encouraging to see the community working together on this exciting development.’

The total project cost is £114,152.20 with 50% coming through LEADER funding. The other 50% is being provided by an early distribution from the Stornoway Trust Community Fund, derived from the income from the Ben Ghrideag Wind Farm.

SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has voiced concern about rising foodbank usage in the Western Isles, after figures showed a 26% increase compared with last year.

Figures showed that 289 three-day emergency food parcels were provided to people in crisis by foodbanks in the Western Isles between 1st April 2018 and 29th September 2018, compared with 229 for the same period in 2017.

Foodbank providers said the rise is mainly due to the minimum five week wait for a first payment for Universal Credit claimants – with many people forced to wait even longer than five weeks.

Alasdair Allan commented: ‘It’s incredibly concerning that foodbank usage in the Western Isles continues to rise. While the volunteers at the Stornoway and Balivanich foodbanks do incredible work, but with Universal Credit having recently been rolled out to the Western Isles, there is real concern these figures could get even worse unless its many problems can be fixed, and cuts to it are reversed.’


Stewards are required for the Memorial Service on 1st January 2019, which is being held by The Scottish Commemoration Panel at the Iolaire Memorial, Holm at 12noon (subject to weather conditions).

There will be no vehicular access to the site at Holm, other than shuttle buses from the bus park at The Nicolson Institute. The last bus will depart from Stornoway 11:10am.

Chairman of the Working Group, Norman A MacDonald said:

‘The role of the steward is crucial to the smooth running of this important event and many are needed, from 9am until about 2pm on 1st January.

‘it is important that we have a healthy bank of enthusiastic and willing stewards. We would welcome anybody who has an interest to come forward and offer their services.’

If you are interested in being a steward please contact The Iolaire Working Group by phone on 01851 822615, through the Facebook page or by e-mailing Colin George Morrison (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Peigi Ann Scott (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by 5pm on Friday 7th December 2018.