Local News for Thursday 13th December 2018


The ‘Clann an Là Dè’ (Yesterday’s Children) older people’s group from Shawbost, had a good talk with Karen Peteranna, NHS Western Isles Health Improvement Practitioner, recently about opportunities for physical activity and the challenges to being physically active.

Physical activity can have many benefits to your health, improve your sleep, help maintain a healthy weight and manage stress. Walking is a simple way to increase activity – you can start off small and increase your pace and distance over time.

Karen shared information with the group on the ‘Walk on Hebrides’ walking projects plans and the creation of new local Health Walks. The group was supportive of these developments and expressed interest in travelling to Health Walks across the islands.

Dan Morrison, Energy Services Director, and Kirsty Macleod, Senior Fuel Poverty Officer, from Tighean Innse Gall (TIG) also provided information on their energy advisory service, insulation service, home safety and TIG Switch which helps people get the best tariff for their energy usage.

If you would like more information, contact: Karen Peteranna, NHS Western Isles, Health Improvement Practitioner. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Phone: 01851 762016


At Questions in the Scottish Parliament recently, Highlands & Islands Stornoway born Labour Regional MSP Rhoda Grant questioned the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Michael Matheson, about the centralisation programme proposed for Air Traffic Control.

Rhoda Said: "I asked the Cabinet Secretary if the proposal to centralise Air Traffic Control was island proofed, if an impact assessment had been carried out, and if he would reverse this decision, which was to base the HIAL Central Air Traffic Control System in Inverness.
I advised the Cabinet Secretary that centralising the Air Traffic Control system in Inverness would not only be bad for the economy of other parts of the Highlands & islands, but it would be bad also for staff and workers. I suggested the funding being set aside for the centralisation of Air Traffic Control could be better spent on the resilience of HIAL airports."

Rhoda Grant concluded: “The Cabinet Secretary advised that HIAL have to meet stringent Air Traffic Control regulations and in doing so would have to invest in the right technology and make sure their system was safe above all. However, he seems to have missed my point which was if they decide that having the one central Air Traffic Control base within the HIAL network, then why does it have to be based in Inverness?

If this is going to be a state of the art system with the latest technology utilised, then this centralised system could be based in Benbecula or Stornoway or any of the island communities which are in greater need of jobs and the retention of skills. Even better still that all airports in the network retain their own staff but use the remote access to provide cover when necessary."