Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Monday 25th May 2020

ISLAND RENEWABLES’ KEY ROLE IN COVID RECOVERY

The Comhairle’s Chair of Sustainable Development, Cllr Donald Crichton, is calling for the approval of the Western Isles Transmission Link. This development could potentially unlock £2 billion of investment in Western Isles projects. It could also contribute 500MW of green electricity generation, towards the UK’s drive for Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions, and create much needed jobs in the Western Isles..

Councillor Crichton commented “The Transmission Link and Wind Farms, already consented in the Western Isles, can help power Scotland to a cleaner economic recovery, in the wake of the Coronavirus crisis. The UK Energy Regulator, must now approve the Western Isles Transmission Link, to help Scotland and the rest of the UK, to emerge from the worst economic downturn in 300 years. .

We have shovel ready projects, consented and contracted to Grid, which have been delayed for years, by obscure regulatory blockages. With unemployment set to rise post-COVID and families facing unimaginable economic challenges, now is not the time, to be stalling on £2 billion of private investment, to deliver the Western Isles Transmission Link. We call on the Regulator and Government to take the necessary action.”

 

DONATION TO NHS VIRTUAL VISITING SCHEME

NHS Western Isles Virtual Visiting Service, for patients, will be assisted by the donation of 6 ipads from writer Peter May.
Mr May spent time as a patient in Western Isles Hospital some years ago, and wishes to give something back to the local hospital.
Peter May said “Having pledged the entire amount of the advance on my latest book, ‘Lockdown’, to charities, organisations and individuals on the frontline of the fight against Coronavirus, I have tried wherever possible to see that a good proportion of that money goes back to the people of the Western Isles to whom I owe so much of my success.

“I think the Virtual Visiting scheme at the NHS hospital in Stornoway is a brilliant idea, and hope that my small contribution will help keep patients and loved ones in touch. It is particularly satisfying to be able to give back to this particular hospital where I received such wonderful care during a week spent as a patient during filming for ‘Machair' in the 1990s.”

NHS Western Isles Chief Executive, Gordon Jamieson, commented: “Our Virtual Visiting services brings patients and their families together, at a time when we have unfortunately, had to introduce restrictions on visiting. The feedback on the new service from patients and their families has been very positive. Mr May’s contribution is a very welcome addition to the service.

 

 

MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT FUNDRAISER

Local Musician and singer Calum Martin of Tong has produced a fundraising CD for MacMillan Cancer Support.
The album Stoirm was released last Friday. The Martin family, are among a range of singers and musicians collaborating on this CD, which has a mix of music styles.
The STOIRM album was released under the band name, THE O.L.C.O.T. E. CONNECTION. All proceeds from the CD will go to Macmillan Cancer Support
A spokesperson from the Macmillan Cancer Support Committee said “We are very grateful to have this amazing fundraising opportunity. Some great singers and musicians have taken part to make this possible and we are grateful to them all.
Stoirm the Cd is available online from THE WEBSITE, On download through itunes, Spotify and amazon. The Cd will also be available from some local shops and filling stations”