Local News for Tuesday 4th December 2018

FUTURE PROBLEMS FOR ISLAND SEAFOOD INDUSTRY?

Isles MSP Alasdair Allan has highlighted the need for seafood industries to retain tariff and barrier free access to the EU single market. He raised the Question in the Scottish Parliament asking for the Scottish Government’s response to the UK Government’s position that the current Brexit deal will guarantee the UK “full, sovereign control over our waters.”

The Prime Minister claimed that the deal will remove the UK from the Common Fisheries Policy and allow the country “to decide for ourselves who we allow to fish in our waters.” However, the withdrawal agreement concluded by the UK Government makes an explicit link between future trade agreements and access to waters.

Alasdair Allan commented: ‘The Tory Government failed to offer any detail on a future trade agreement with Europe post-2020, and there is a real danger we could see island seafood exporters’ lorry-loads of produce going to waste as drivers sit in enormous queues waiting for customs checks at ports.’


PARLIAMENTARY MOTION CONGRATULATES PST

A Parliamentary Motion congratulating community wind farm Point and Sandwick Trust (PST) on winning a major UK award has been put forward by Highlands and Islands Green MSP John Finnie.

PST which runs the biggest Community Wind farm in the UK was named UK Environmental Social Enterprise of the Year 2018 in London last week.

The judges called it “a classic example of how a social enterprise can generate profit for social good whilst nurturing the environment”.

John Finnie’s Motion was supported by five other MSPs – Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Joan McAlpine, Kenneth Gibson and Mark Ruskell.

The Motion congratulated PST on the award, noted that the awards ‘recognise organisations for their business excellence and contribution to society’, noted that the scheme was built on common grazing land on Lewis, and congratulated ‘everyone who works so hard to make the trust a success”, wishing them all the best for the future’.


GAELIC VERSION OF BOARD GAME CREATED

A Gaelic version of heritage board game Scottish Quest is now available to the public – and may be just the thing for Gaelic-speaking families.

The game, called Ciste Ulaidh na h-Alba, has been created by Gaelic educational resources organisation Stòrlann Nàiseanta na Gàidhlig.

Ciste was officially launched a couple of years ago by Deputy First Minister John Finnie, but at that time was only available to schools. Stòrlann are delighted it is now available to the public.

There are two sets of questions with Ciste – one easier, the other more difficult – and they are all about land and nature, history, culture and contemporary Scotland.

Information is available online at www.storlann.co.uk/buth or at their offices at An Tosgan on Seaforth Road in Stornoway - or phone on 01851 700880