Local News for Tuesday 7th June 2016

Give planning power to islands- call
An independent review into Scottish Planning procedures recommends that Island authorities should have more flexibility in assessing and deciding planning applications.The report, Empowering Planning to Deliver Great Places,  describes so-called “special circumstances”, affecting islands and says more flexibility would reflect the distinctive local context for planning.The Chair of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Environment and Protective Services Committee, Cllr Norman Macleod, said: “It is right that specific island considerations should be taken into account in planning issues and more flexibility for Island authorities sits comfortably with the objectives of the Our Islands Our Future campaign.”

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Local News for Monday 6th June 2016

Police news
A 35-year-old man is to be reported to the Procurator Fiscal after police were called to North Beach Street on Sunday at 1am, where he was found in an agitated state, lashing out and trying to fight several people. He was taken into custody and released later in the morning when he was sober.

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Local News for Friday 3rd May 2016

EE is NN – MP
Everything Everywhere has turned into Nothing Nowhere, according to islands MP Angus MacNeil. Mr MacNeil has written to mobile phone providers EE demanding that they sort out the mobile signal on the Isle of Barra, after months of delays. He’s also asking for refunds for all customers in the HS9 postcode area, after a patchy and unreliable service from EE. Mr MacNeil said: “People are getting really sick of the service delivered by EE and it is fast getting known as “nothing nowhere” – but “something somewhere soon” would be welcome. Customers have been very patient, especially having been promised that it would be sorted early in May. As a gesture of goodwill EE should credit all the registered accounts in the HS9 postcode area and also, as an act of contrition to long suffering constituents, should start the 4G rollout now”.

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Local News for Thursday 2nd June 2016

Auction Mart AGM
The AGM of Lewis and Harris Auction Mart is tonight at the Steinish Mart at 7pm, with sale dates for the 2016 season due to be announced after the meeting.
 

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Local News for Wednesday 1st June 2016

Blue Peter filming in Lewis
A team from the BBC children’s programme Blue Peter is filming in Lewis today, with the three-person camera crew and presenter around the Stornoway area. Locations being used for the filming include the Braighe, Point, Coll and Stornoway harbour.

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