Local News for Monday 20th August 2018
COMHAIRLE WELCOMES SSEN “NEEDS CASE” SUBMISSION
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
COMHAIRLE AIR TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT CONCERNS MEETING
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.
Read more: Local News for Friday 17th August 2018