Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Friday 22nd May 2020


Isles MP Angus MacNeil, has welcomed the Scottish Government’s route map, to easing lockdown, which aims to move into Phase 1 on 28th May.

Commenting Angus MacNeil MP said: “The unpredictable nature of coronavirus makes it difficult to set exact timescales and we must take gradual steps to ensure the virus is kept under control. It is important to remember that we remain in lockdown and restrictions will not change before the 28th May.”

“Meanwhile together with Orkney Council Leader James Stockan, we have been having exploratory discussions, to develop testing with companies, who may offer cheaper and quicker testing. This would ensure Covid-19 is not in our communities, giving further confidence after lockdown is eased.”



Schools will reopen in the Western Isles from 11 August under the Scottish Government’s plans to ease lockdown.
Pupils would be taught part-time in classes, combined with at-home learning, under a staged approach, before schools can get back to normal.
The council is aiming for island pupils to start on the 11th August, two days earlier, than the Western Isles school term, would normally have commenced, after the summer holiday.
Teachers and other school staff, will return next month, to plan and prepare for the new blended model of learning. Health and Safety guidance and risk assessments will be in place by then.
Critical childcare will continue throughout May, June and the summer break for key workers and vulnerable children.




People living in North Tolsta are offered local support, through the Covid-19 crisis. Families in the area, will receive weekly vouchers, over the next two months. This is to be spent on groceries in the village shop.

Families can also buy frozen meat packs, at a discounted price, thanks to a subsidy from an initiative run by Tolsta Community Development Ltd. (TCDL) . TCDL was awarded nearly £20,000, from the Scottish Government Supporting Communities Fund.

Murdo Maciver of TCDL said: “Assisting the vulnerable in the community is the main objective, during this difficult and uncertain time, TCDL felt that local families should receive some support. "As well as coronavirus being a health crisis, it is also a financial crisis for some.



Police Scotland are appealing for information, due to vandalism at the Waterwheel, in the Lews Castle Grounds in Stornoway. The building was broken into and damage
included smashed windows and a nearby area, left with discarded bottles and litter.
Police Scotland said the vandalism occurred over last weekend and urged anyone with information to contact them on 101.