Local News for Friday 16th December 2016

Contractors challenge Trading Standards warning
A Trading Standards warning about doorstep sellers issued by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has drawn a robust response from the company mentioned in the release. The company, Union Technical Services, was mentioned by name with warnings about poor quality workmanship installing new heating systems. In response, UTS director Owen Coyle said: “Much of the facts stated by Trading Standards are unfounded and the matter has been passed over to lawyers. We are proud of our work on the Isle of Lewis and have not received any customer complaint against Union Technical Services (UTS) staff or any work carried out by our highly qualified engineers. From January 2017 we will be using local labour to ensure as much benefit is drawn into the local area as possible. Anyone who is unsure of the scheme or would like more information should get in touch or come to our meet and greet day which is being organised for the second week in January in Stornoway.”

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Local News for Thursday 15th December 2016

Send ‘pushy’ salesmen packing
CNES Trading Standards, Police Scotland and Tighean Innse Gall are advising householders to shut the door on doorstep salesmen described as ‘pushy’ in reports to their departments. Numerous people have complained over the last fortnight that door-to-door sellers claiming to work for the government have called uninvited. Trading Standards advise householders to think carefully before entering into any agreement to receive a "free" boiler replacement. One boiler recently installed by a company called Union Technical Services has not been fitted according to the manufacturer's instructions and poses a safety issue. A Trading Standards spokesperson warned: "Just because the boiler is free does not mean it comes without risk to you. If the installation is substandard you may have to pay to get this made safe.Incorrect fitting may invalidate both  the manufacturer's warranty  and your home insurance in regard to  your heating system." To report unwanted doorstep sales contact Trading Standards on 01851 822694 , out of hours on Faire the community careline on 701702  or Police Scotland on 101. Please dial 999 in an emergency.

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Local News for Wednesday 14th December 2016

Port masterplan open for viewing
The masterplan for Stornoway Harbour over the next decades is open for viewing and discussion today – at drop-in sessions during the day and an open meeting later tonight. Stornoway Port Authority has created the plan to offer economic potential for the port to grow and prosper in years to come, with new marinas, deep mooring and on-shore facilities suited to yachts, cruise ships and industrial marine traffic. The plans are on display, with port authority staff and their planning partners on hand to answer questions, in Stornoway Ferry Terminal today from 10:30am to 12:30pm and there’s to be a public meeting 6:30pm in An Lanntair.

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Local News for Friday 9th December 2016

Lights on for Christmas
Stornoway Amenity Trust’s big Christmas lights switch-on ceremony is tonight, with the switch being thrown by Nicolson Institute pupil Alice Macmillan, multiple gold badge winner at this year’s Royal National Mòd. The celebrations start with a Christmas character dash and fun run at 6.20pm, with prizes for winners and for best costumes. The entertainment includes Lewis Pipe Band, the Lewis and Harris junior concert band, dancers and carol singing.  There’ll be road closures in the town centre tonight with closed roads around Perceval Squae, from the Crown Hotel to Scoytland Street and out to Bayhead from 6pm. Joining in the celebrations are Martin’s Memorial Church, with carols and hot drinks, Pointers youth drop-in, where Santa will be in residence, and a range of charity and craft stalls in the Town Hall.

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Local News for Thursday 8th December 2016

Films in libraries
Tarbert and Linaclete libraries are among public libraries across Scotland to launch community film clubs as part of an innovative pilot project run by Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC). Film clubs are being trialled in a £190,000 initiative, made possible through Creative Scotland. Over the last few months all participating libraries have received valuable new film screening equipment and training, providing each venue with all they need to host regular  film events. Pamela Tulloch, Chief Executive at SLIC said: “Public libraries have always been a destination for learning and this pilot provides opportunities within communities for people to learn about film, providing a broader range of cultural experience to people who may have no other access to this.  It will also help us to meet a key strategic aim of Scotland’s first public library strategy, ‘Ambition and Opportunity’ to position libraries as cultural centres, inspiring people through books, literature, music, film and theatre.”

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