Local News for Friday 21st December 2018


Sniffer dogs are being used to help find leaking water mains for the first time.
Scottish Water is deploying a team of specially trained dogs to help locate leaks in pipes in rural areas where the water does not always show on the surface.

Two spaniels, called Snipe and Denzel, aged two and three, have been trained by ex-military dog handlers to detect the smell of chlorine in treated water.
Scottish Water is conducting trials with Cape SPC, the company who provide the service and own the dogs.

Snipe, a cocker spaniel, and Denzel, a springer, are finishing a trial programme surveying Scottish Water’s trunk mains and searching for leaks before the utility decides whether to use them on an ongoing basis.


Anyone wishing to record an official comment on the wind farm plans being brought forward by the four crofting townships is asked to submit their views before December 27th 2018.

Public opinion is being sought as widely as possible as part of the PAC process – pre-application consultation – which is a mandatory step for projects like this before planning applications go in.

The request for comments is part of a continuation of the consultation event held in Stornoway Town Hall in November, where members of the public were given feedback forms on the plans. They were asked to state whether they supported the projects, objected, or were neutral, and invited to comment.

All feedback will be collated into a report to be submitted along with the planning applications. People can make their views known until the 27th.

Requests for further information or comments can be made by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (all lower case, with one t and r) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by filling out a questionnaire which can be requested at the same email addresses.

Postal requests for a questionnaire should go to Aquatera, Old Academy Business Park, Stromness, Orkney Islands, UK, KW18 3AW.


The Outer Hebrides LEADER Local Action Group (LAG) has announced following its December 2018 LAG meeting that the 2014-2020 Programme allocation is now all-but fully committed. A limited level of funding is still available, ring-fenced for ‘co-operation projects’ with other LEADER LAG areas at home and abroad.

The Outer Hebrides LEADER Programme 2014-2020 has committed over £2.1m in grant funding to 39 projects since opening in March 2016 – levering-in an additional £5.2m of external funding to the local economy.

While the programme is now closed to standard enquiries for community-projects, it is still open for co-operation project enquiries. The Outer Hebrides LEADER 2014-2020 Programme can provide grant funding to support groups who would like to network and develop projects and ideas with other similar groups or organisation in Scotland, the UK or further afield.

The LEADER team is accessible in the Comhairle’s Stornoway and Balivanich offices to support properly-constituted groups and small businesses with co-operation projects that create opportunities with tangible local development outputs.
Prospective applicants should contact the LEADER website at www.outerhebridesleader.co.uk