Local News for Tuesday 17th October 2017
‘Puncture’ may have caused plane swerve
A punctured tyre could have been the cause of an incident at Stornoway airport on Sunday, when a Glasgow-bound Flybe flight swerved off the runway and onto the grass before listing to one side. Fire crews rushed to the site, but nobody was hurt and the plane was later removed from the runway. The aircraft was yesterday awaiting engineers’ inspection. 29 passengers and three crew were on-board the Eastern Airways plane and were offered alternative flights and accommodation for those who needed it.
No change to constituency boundary
The parliamentary constituency of Na h-Eileanan an Iar will, as expected, remain unchanged under new proposals for boundary changes published by the Boundary Commission for Scotland today. The Western Isles, and the other Scottish island constituency of Orkney and Shetland, are the only two to be unaffected by revised proposals for United Kingdom Parliament constituencies. An eight-week public consultation process starts today. The UK Parliament has decided to reduce the number of constituencies from 650 to 600. In Scotland this means that 59 constituencies will be reduced to 53. Na h-Eileanan an Iar and Orkney and Shetland) are defined in the legislation and will not be subject to change.
Back to normal after weather
Ferry services are returning to normal timetable today after a day of delay and disruption yesterday as gales affected the islands. The impacts of ex-hurricane Ophelia skirted the islands, with the strongest winds felt across Barra and Uist.