Local News for Friday 29th April 2016
Pressure grows over crofter ‘sackings’
Political pressure is growing on the Crofting Commission to explain or step back on actions which have seen two Lewis Grazings Committees sacked over disputes. Politicians have promised Upper Coll Grazings Committee full support after their dismissal at the weekend, and now Mangersta Grazings Committee, removed from office late last year, are expressing solidarity with Upper Coll. In a statement, members of the now defunct Mangersta Grazings Committee said: “We have observed with great interest events in Upper Coll and see significant parallels with our own experience. The role of the Crofting Commission has been appalling and the sooner there is an inquiry into its entire operations, the better”. The Mangersta dismissals arose from a dispute over payments to an absentee landlord, while at Upper Coll disagreements over moorland grazings were reported. Mangersta crofters say they are still waiting, four months after their committee was sacked, for a Grazings Constable to be appointed or for resolution of the disputed payments. The statement concluded: “Our dealings with the Crofting Commission have given rise to serious doubts about what purpose this organisation is supposed to serve. At no point has it shown any interest in defending the crofting interest and instead has inflicted untold damage on the morale of a well-run, active crofting village through its erratic, overbearing and contradictory behaviour.”
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Local News for Monday 2nd May 2016
A man who appeared in court at Stornoway on Thursday has been remanded to Porterfield Prison in Inverness, after failing to come up with a bail payment imposed by the court. The 36-year-old man had been arrested following incidents in the town centre at 2.30pm on Wednesday, and was charged with two counts of sexual exposure.
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