Local News for Wednesday 22nd August 2018

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan recently visited Trust Housing’s Lewis Street complex in Stornoway to see the installation of a new Wi-Fi system designed to get older people online.

Alasdair Allan commented: “I was delighted to meet with key staff from Trust Housing at Lewis Street sheltered housing, in Stornoway. I heard about the work they do there and the ongoing efforts to expand and improve the excellent services provided at the facility.
Of particular interest is the initiative to introduce Wi-Fi across the complex and encourage internet use by residents. We live in an age where technology allows us to be more easily connected than ever, and it is clear that this has tremendous potential in reducing the isolation that can so often be felt by the elderly and vulnerable. It is encouraging to see this potential being recognised and put to use in the islands”

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Local News for Thursday 23rd August 2018

Tickets have gone on sale for a brand new festival created by and for young people in the Outer Hebrides.
A group of young creatives is staging a takeover of An Lanntair arts centre in Stornoway for two weeks in October with a festival based around the theme of ‘Change’.
The programme of the new *Las!/Ignite! Festival* has been devised by youngsters between the ages of 16 and 26 and is part of the Scottish Government’s Year of Young People 2018.
The young people have chosen up-and-coming indie folk band, *The Elephant Sessions, *to headline the festival on Friday 12th October.
A major aim of *Las!/Ignite! *is to inspire and equip young people to pursue employment that enables them to remain on, or move back to, the islands. The creative sector is crucial to the local economy.
Young artists will also get the chance to exhibit painting, photography and sculptural work alongside highlights of recent artistic exchanges between textiles and film-making students from Shetland and the Outer Hebrides.

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Local News for Tuesday 21st August 2018

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus MacNeil has welcomed confirmation that Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has submitted the Needs Case to Ofgem for the Western Isles transmission link.

The link is vital to allow new renewable projects to progress in the islands.

Mr MacNeil said: “I am very pleased that the Needs Case has now been submitted for the transmission link and I am particularly pleased that the proposal is for a 600MW link allowing for maximum benefit for island communities.

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Local News for Monday 20th August 2018

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed news that Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has submitted its ‘Needs Case’ for the proposed 600MW Western Isles Radial Connector to energy regulator, OFGEM.

Commenting on the news, Chairman of the Comhairle’s Sustainable Development Committee, Cllr Donald Crichton, said:

‘This is excellent news for the islands and represents the culmination of many years of hard work by the Comhairle and its partners to achieve network reinforcement for the Western Isles. If approved, the Radial Connector will open the way for the development of a transformative Renewable Energy industry in the Western Isles.

‘But we cannot be presumptuous – SSEN have made clear that, if Stornoway Wind Farm and Uisenis Wind Farm do not secure Contracts for Difference in next year’s Price Support Incentive Auction at present generation volumes, there will be no investment case for network reinforcement and the Radial Connector project will be cancelled.

Cllr Crichton concluded:

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Local News for Friday 17th August 2018

The Comhairle has met with Baroness Sugg, UK Government Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, when she visited the Western Isles this week

Cllr Uisdean Robertson, Chairman of the Comhairle’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said,
“We were pleased to be able to meet with Baroness Sugg as we were able to raise our concerns regarding Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd’s (HIAL) proposals for air traffic management arrangements for the region”.

‘We have ongoing concerns regarding the impact that their centralisation strategy will have on the local economy of the Western Isles – with a total of 17 highly paid jobs being lost from Stornoway and Benbecula airports, this will undoubtedly have a disproportionate impact for our community compared to mainland airports. We have been raising this as a major concern with the Scottish Government and HIAL since June 2017 and it appears that insufficient notice is being taken of the negative impact.

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