Local News for Wednesday 23rd March 2016
Library café closes tomorrow
Stornoway’s popular and bustling library coffee shop will close tomorrow for good, just a month after councillors agreed to seek alternatives to closure during the budget-setting process. Following February’s round of meetings, the Comhairle announced that the loss-making coffee shop would be offered as a franchise, instead of being closed. Now two staff have taken voluntary redundancy, and two are being redeployed within the council, the coffee shop closing its doors tomorrow afternoon. Coffee shop manager June Lafferty said: “It’s a real shame and people are gutted, because it’s a great service right in the middle of the town. It’s a meeting place for many, especially the older folk. There’s a chance it will re-open as a franchise operation but I don’t expect that to happen.”
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Local News for Tuesday 22nd March 2016
Satellite the answer to slow broadband
A new UK government scheme has been announced which offers satellite connection to homes and businesses with poor broadband speeds. UK Minister Ed Vaizey announced the scheme yesterday, saying that up to 300,000 customers in remote areas of Scotland can get a discounted satellite broadband connection, if they are currently unable to obtain an affordable broadband service of at least two megabytes per second. To be eligible, you must live in Scotland, and must be unable to receive a broadband connection speed of more than 2Mbps from the BT Openreach network. The offer is only applicable if survey work has not already started to deliver fibre-based broadband to your property. More information on the operation of the scheme in Scotland can be found on the broadband programme website by following the link on the Isles FM Facebook page.
Read more: Local News for Tuesday 22nd March 2016