Local News for Tuesday 8th November 2016
999 goes AWOL
The emergency number 999 was temporarily unavailable in the Stornoway area for part of yesterday, as a BT fault affected the emergency call number in a number of areas around the Highlands and Islands. Police Scotland warned yesterday afternoon that Stornoway was one of the areas where landline calls to 999 were not able to get through, although calls to 101 and mobile calls to 999 were still functioning properly. Extra police patrols were put out and BT pledged to get the service back as soon as possible. The full service was tested, up and running once again by 3pm yesterday.
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Local News for Monday 7th November 2016
Galson’s bold plan unveiled
Friday evening’s AGM of the Galson Estate Trust saw the launch of a bold strategic plan to exploit £8million of wind energy income across the community over the next 20 years. After the local community identified elderly care support, tourism and crofting and land use as priorities, there are also needs for recreational facilities, childcare, youth amenities, business growth, digital connectivity and support for education and skills development. The new strategic plan will be supported by income from the three wind turbines installed at Ballantrushal in North Lewis. In their first year of operation these performed above forecast. Agnes Rennie, chair of Galson Estate Trust, described the plan as ‘highly ambitious’ and stressed the need for collaboration to make it work. She said: “If we can secure the essential partnerships and relationships we need to take matters forward, we can look forward to wind energy funds making a significant impact across the Galson Estate in the years ahead.” The meeting also heard that 36 voluntary sector projects have so far shared £32,600 in community regeneration funding.
Read more: Local News for Monday 7th November 2016