Local News for Wednesday 22nd June 2016
Western Isles population – down and out of balance
The Western Isles population has dropped, and the islands’ demographics are weighted towards older people, according to current population estimates. Now Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is to hold a seminar on the decrease in population and demographic imbalance. Estimates put the number of islanders at 27,070 as at 30 June 2015 – a decrease in the overall population of 180 in one year. The decrease in the population is due mainly to the highest levels of negative natural change over the last decade – that is, the number of deaths exceeding the number of births. Cllr Angus Campbell, said: "Net migration is an essential part of counteracting negative natural change. These islands offer a good quality of life but we also need to provide the infrastructure for people to fulfil their aspirations and for that we need good and affordable housing, good services and most importantly; a multi-agency approach”. The Comhairle this week agreed to host a population and migration seminar in the autumn and have invited Islands Minister Humza Yousaf to attend. 0The ambition is to work with the private and community sectors to create a confident Outer Hebrides where young people are highly valued, and where the population is stable and moving towards growth.
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Local News for Tuesday 21st June 2016
Quarter million for Castle buildings
Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is to put a quarter of a million pounds into renovation works in Lews Castle Grants, it’s announced today. £250,000 has been awarded for work on the Porter’s Lodge and Boatman’s House as part of Historic Environment Scotland’s Building Repair Grants scheme. The Porter’s lodge is the original main entrance to Lews Castle, whilst the Boatman’s House forms part of the distinctive sea wall facing Stornoway harbour. HES funding will help to rebuild, repair and protect these buildings, currently in a dilapidated condition, making them accessible to members of the public. Iain MacIver of the Stornoway Trust said, “This award will hopefully enable the Trust to add value to the exciting works now nearing completion at Lews Castle. Our aim is to further enhance the environs of the Castle through restoration works to the sea wall as well as much needed repairs to the Porter's Lodge and Boatman's House. We believe both these structures were an integral part of Sir James Matheson's vision for the Grounds. We now look forward to Historic Environment Scotland's help to try and bring these buildings back into use for the enjoyment of the public in a safe and more accessible condition.”
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