Local News for Tuesday 27th March 2018

Emergency ferry drill in Tarbert today
The CalMac ferry MV Hebrides will be the centre of a buzz of intense activity in Tarbert harbour today, as CalMac tests emergency planning drills. The drill, codenamed Exercise Tarris, will involve police, coastguard, ambulance and fire services and will focus on an incident involving the ferry, which has been deployed specifically for the drill and will not be carrying any passengers during the exercise. There will be no disruption to the normal timetabled service. CalMac's Director of of Safety, Environment and Security, Louis de Wolff said: “An exercise of this kind allows us to put into practice our emergency plans in as real a life situation as we can possibly get. It allows us to identify any weaknesses we may have and gives us the chance to tighten up how we respond to an emergency, making an already very safe service even safer.” Publicity regarding the exercise is being posted on vessels and in both ports to keep passengers informed of what is happening.

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Local News for Monday 26th March 2018

Trust vote tomorrow
Stornoway Trust offices open at 8am tomorrow for people to vote in person at the Stornoway Trust election. 22 candidates are standing for five of the 10 Trustee positions, with contentious issues including Sunday opening of the Golf course, and issues around wind farms, driving a burst of interest in the available positions. The ballot is a postal ballot, but it is now too late to post voting slips, which will be counted at the London centre of Electoral Reform Services. Instead, votes can be cast in person between 8am and 8pm tomorrow at the Trust’s offices on Perceval Square.

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Local News for Friday 23rd March 2018

Respond quickly in Stornoway Trust vote
Residents of the Stornoway Trust area are being urged to vote as quickly as possible, when ballot packs in the forthcoming Trust election arrive today. The ballot papers are arriving by post, and are running late due to the unprecedented level of interest shown by candidates. 22 people are standing for just five available positions as trustee, with fiercely debated issues such as wind power and Sunday golf boosting the number of candidates. The most densely populated areas of Lewis are within the Stornoway Trust area, with all residents in Stornoway, Point, Broad Bay and parts of Lochs entitled to participate in the postal vote. The deadline to receive votes is on Tuesday March 27th, but with the unexpected interest in the positions, ballot papers took longer than usual to get printed. The packs arriving in the post today include all candidate statements, which the Stornoway Trust has printed and included in the envelope, although they are not legally obliged to do so. Trust factor Iain Maciver urged voters to read, vote and return the packs as soon as possible. If posted by Saturday, the votes should reach the Electoral Reform Services count centre in London in time. You can also vote in person at the Trust’s office in Perceval square between 8am and 8pm on Tuesday.

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Local News for Thursday 22nd March 2018

Respond quickly in Stornoway Trust vote
Residents of the Stornoway Trust area are being urged to vote as quickly as possible, when ballot packs in the forthcoming Trust election arrive today. The ballot papers are arriving by post, and are running late due to the unprecedented level of interest shown by candidates. 22 people are standing for just five available positions as trustee, with fiercely debated issues such as wind power and Sunday golf boosting the number of candidates. The most densely populated areas of Lewis are within the Stornoway Trust area, with all residents in Stornoway, Point, Broad Bay and parts of Lochs entitled to participate in the postal vote. The deadline to receive votes is on Tuesday March 27th, but with the unexpected interest in the positions, ballot papers took longer than usual to get printed. The packs arriving in the post today include all candidate statements, which the Stornoway Trust has printed and included in the envelope, although they are not legally obliged to do so. Trust factor Iain Maciver urged voters to read, vote and return the packs as soon as possible. If posted by Saturday, the votes should reach the Electoral Reform Services count centre in London in time. You can also vote in person at the Trust’s office in Perceval square between 8am and 8pm on Tuesday.

Read more: Local News for Thursday 22nd March 2018

Local News for Wednesday 21st March 2018

More flights for Barra – Minister
Barra is to get extra flights throughout the summer months, according to an announcement yesterday by Scotland’s Minister for Transport and the Islands Humza Yousaf. There will be 22 additional return flights from Glasgow to Barra in May and early June and up to 40 additional return flights from late June to October, subject to discussions with the people of Barra. Mr Yousaf said: “We have consulted with the community of Barra to see how we can improve air services and address capacity concerns over the summer months. The majority of extra flights will be created by moving a bank of rotations from the winter timetable, while still meeting demand during that time of year. This will create more capacity during the summer and reduce the number of empty seats across the year. We are also providing around £18,000 in additional funding to bring in the additional Barra flights in May and June. We are committed to supporting our remote communities and these improvements to our iconic air links will help do that.”

Read more: Local News for Wednesday 21st March 2018