Local News for Wednesday 25th May 2016
Former estate owner to sue
It’s been reported that the former owner of the Pairc Estate in Lewis is to sue the new owners, Pairc Trust, for £700,000. Barry Lomas says he’s owed the money for legal costs incurred during the sale, and compensation. Mr Lomas received £500,000 purchase price after protracted legal wrangling and interventions under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act of 2003. Funding support came from the Scottish Land Fund, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, and the local Muaitheabhal Community Wind Farm Trust, in addition to almost £300,000 raised by the Pairc Trust themselves. Trust representatives said this week that they did not believe Mr Lomas was entitled to any payments, but that they expected he would pursue his claim.
Read more: Local News for Wednesday 25th May 2016
Local News for Tuesday 24th May 2016
Councillor’s ‘Lucky to be Here’ presentation
A councillor who has first-hand experience of the value of life-saving equipment has presented Comhairle nan Eilean Siar with a heart-starting defibrillator. Cllr Angus Morrison suffered a heart attack in January 2014 and is now local co-ordinator for the charity Lucky2Bhere, which supplies defibrillators and trains people how to use them. Th charity was set up in Skye and now raises funds for the life-saving equipment in communities throughout the highlands and islands. Cllr Morrison said: “After recovering from my own heart attack, I had a discussion with paramedic Roddy MacDonald and we decided to contact Lucky2Bhere." The local team of Lucky2BHere Eilean Siar has now been set up, led by Roddy MacDonald and Councillor Morrison, and the team have supplied defibrillators and training in Leverburgh, Tarbert, North Tolsta, Grimshader and now at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar offices in Stornoway. Over the coming months training courses will take place in various locations throughout the Western Isles. Lucky2BHere relies completely on fundraising and donations. For more information contact Angus Morrison on 07880 172971 or www.lucky2bhere.org
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