Local News for Monday 10th December 2018


The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) helps Scotland prepare for potential future flooding, gathering up-to-date data on flood risk, flood mapping and coastal erosion data is a critical part of this process.

SEPA is a significant investor in technology to gather this data – and over the next few months in the Outer Hebrides – the agency will be using aerial surveying technology to collect data.

Pascal Lardet, SEPA’s Flood Warning & Informing Unit Manager said: ‘It involves building a 3D map of the terrain to help us understand which areas are most at risk from flooding. The aerial survey will be carried out over the coming months and local residents and businesses should be aware that a small aircraft will be flying over the islands during periods of fair weather and around times of low tides’.

This survey is the second development phase of a new coastal flood warning scheme to be launched for the Outer Hebrides in 2020. The new coastal flood scheme is being developed in collaboration with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and the survey is expected to be complete (weather permitting) by April 2019.


Comhairle SNP Group Leader Cllr Gordon Murray has welcomed plans for action to improve road safety in Assaye Place, Stornoway – a long running issue of concern for local residents.
Councillors at a recent meeting of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee agreed that a Traffic Regulation Order should be implemented that would prevent vehicular access to Assaye Place from Willowglen Road, except for local access, for a trial period of eight months.
This follows concerns raised by the Manor and Castle Residents Association and Cllr Murray (Stornoway North) that Assaye Place was increasingly being used by motorists as a short cut to avoid potential bottlenecks at the top of Willowglen Road and Cabarfeidh Hotel area.
This had raised fears for the safety of local children playing in the area.
Cllr Murray said: ‘I welcome this decision by the Comhairle who have taken into consideration the concerns of residents for the safety of children. I would also like to pay tribute to those who campaigned for this and made representations to myself on behalf of their neighbours and their children.’
The Order would have the effect of allowing vehicles to enter Assaye Place from Willowglen Road only if a resident or gaining entry to visit or provide a service to the residents.


The Isles ‘own’ energy company, Hebrides Energy has announced its new fixed rate tariff called the ‘Hebridean Fixed Nov 2019 Tariff’, it is being aimed at those who wish to know, in advance, what they will be paying for electricity until November next year.
Hebrides Energy rates are available for those on Standard, Economy 7 and Economy 10 as well as the Take Control fixed tariff that is already available for customers on Total Heating Total Control until September 2019.

The new rates for a standard meter are 15.94p per unit and a standing charge of 23.19p.

Hebrides Energy is a Community Interest Company working in partnership with licensed UK Energy supplier, Our Power, to give consumers in the Outer Hebrides access to competitively priced electricity. The other Partners in Hebrides Energy are Hebridean Housing Partnership, Tighean Innse Gall, The Stornoway Trust, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Community Energy Scotland.