Local News for Monday 3rd September 2018
ACAIR LAUNCH BOOK ON MITCHELLS BUSES & GARAGE
A new book on the history of a landmark Lewis business is being launched by Acair Books in Stornoway tonight, September 3rd – and everyone is welcome to attend.
Mitchell’s – The Story of a Stornoway Family's Garage and Bus Business – has been written by Colin Tucker, who was engaged to write the book shortly before the sudden death of Ian Mitchell in December 2016.
Ian Mitchell was the son of the founder of the business, John Mitchell, and Ian made it his life’s work to carry on that legacy, which saw Mitchell’s run bus services all over the island and build a garage and motor business.
Chris Mitchell, John’s Grandson, and Ian’s Son, who is travelling from his home in England to be at the book launch, worked with writer Colin Tucker to see his father’s dream of a book on the family business become a reality. Chris said: said he was “delighted with the writing, delighted with the photos, delighted with the way Acair enthusiastically got behind it”
Read more: Local News for Monday 3rd September 2018
Local News for Friday 31st August 2018
COMHAIRLE WELCOMES FERRY RESILIANCE PLAN
The Comhairle has tentatively welcomed the recent announcement by Michael Matheson MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, that £3.5m is to be invested by Scottish Government to reduce the risk of vessels breaking down and to return them to service quicker if they do.
Cllr Uisdean Robertson, Chairman of the Comhairle’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said, “Our discussions with the previous Transport Minister confirmed that Transport Scotland were working with both Caledonian Maritime Assets and CalMac Ferries to identify ways and means to improve the resilience and reliability of what is obviously an ageing fleet. We are pleased to see that some progress is being made”.
“The announcement of a contribution of £3.5m is welcomed. We await details of how this funding is to be spent but we are aware that, not only is an increasing number of vessels in the fleet becoming more expensive and time-consuming to maintain to the necessary standards because of their age, but the availability of parts and, in some cases, the need to manufacture or fabricate them from “scratch”, is proving to be a growing challenge for the operator”.
Read more: Local News for Friday 31st August 2018