Local News for Tuesday 27th November 2018

LEWIS WIND POWER (LWP) WELCOMES NEXT STAGE IN LAND COURT CONSIDERATION OF STORNOWAY WIND FARM
Commenting on the announcement of dates for the next stage of the Scottish Land Court’s consideration of the proposed Stornoway Wind Farm, Will Collins, LWP Project Manager, said: ‘The Stornoway Wind Farm would be located across a number of common grazings and we are required to obtain approval from the Land Court in order to protect the interests of the crofting community.

‘LWP’s application being considered by the Land Court provides for payments to crofters in recognition of the impact on access to a small proportion of the overall grazings.

‘In addition to our Land Court application we are working closely with the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and the Stornoway Trust, to ensure a significant community shareholding in the Stornoway Wind Farm and our Uisenis Wind Farm.’

LWP say the stake they are offering could make the council and the Trust the largest community investors in wind power in the UK and would deliver “several million pounds each year” to be invested by the community over and above the community benefit payments from LWP’s two wind farm projects


ISLES SCHOOLS WIN NATIONAL AWARD FOR SCHOOL SPORT
Schools in the Western Isles have been awarded a prestigious national award from sportscotland, the national agency for sport, for this academic year.
The sportscotland School Sport Award is given for innovation and achievement in delivering school sport and nine Western Isles schools have passed with flying colours.

The gold award recipients are Balivanich School, Daliburgh Primary and Iochdar Primary school.
The silver status recipiants are Laxdale Primary, Castlebay Primary, Castlebay School, Eoligarry School and Sgoil Uibhist a Tuath Primary School.
Also, Bronze status was attained by Shawbost Primary School.

Chair of sportscotland, Mel Young, said: ‘Congratulations to staff and pupils across the Western Isles who are putting sport and physical education right at the heart of their school and local community. They should be proud of this fantastic achievement.’
For more information on the sportscotland School Sport Award visit: https://sportscotland.org.uk/schools/school-sport-award/


MECHANICAL KELP DREDGING BAN
The Scottish Green Party has hailed victory in the fight to ban the mechanical harvesting of kelp by dredging.
Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform confirmed that she will support Green plans to prohibit the practice, in response to a question from Highlands and Islands Green MSP John Finnie

Mr Finnie raised the issue at Topical Question Time in the Parliament last week and Ms Cunningham confirmed that she would back Green changes to prohibit the practice in the Scottish Crown Estate Bill.

Commenting afterwards Mr Finnie said:

‘I am delighted that the Cabinet Secretary has indicated she will back plans to prohibit the mechanical harvesting of kelp by dredging. My constituents on the west coast have engaged in an extremely effective campaign and deserve to be commended for their great efforts in securing this change of heart by the Scottish Government.’