Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Monday 17th August 2020
WORLD PHOTOGRAPH DAY 2020 COMPETITION!
World Photograph Day on Wednesday, 19th August is an annual worldwide celebration of art, craft, science and the history of photography. Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will be taking part by hosting a competition for photographs of the Western Isles. These photographs can represent a range of different areas, such as landscape, daily life in the Islands, tradition and culture, history, crofting, fishing, the people of the Western Isles and so on. During the course of the day, the Comhairle will post entries on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
A Comhairle Spokesperson said:
“This is a great opportunity to showcase talent in our islands and to take a day to appreciate the Islands we live in. There will be 10 photographs chosen and these will be printed and displayed in Comhairle buildings for years to come.
“After a judging panel has viewed all of the entries, the 10 winners will be announced on Facebook on Friday 21st August. Please join us by sending in your photos and using the hashtags #WorldPhotographDay and #WorldPhotographDayWesternIsles.”
NEW ISLES FOOTBALL STAND INSTALLED THANKS TO PST
Community wind farm organisation Point and Sandwick Trust (PST) has marked a new milestone – its biggest capital investment in a project to date, with the installation of a new stand at the grounds of Point Football Club.
A grant of £45,000 allowed for the purchase of the 100-seater stand from Stadium Solutions, with workers coming all the way up from Brighton to install it, and the necessary groundworks.
The stand is now gleaming and all ready for the start of the new season, in April 2021.
On its Facebook page, Point FC have thanked PST for being “steadfast in its support” and also thanked Third Sector Hebrides and the Landfill Fund for supporting the project. They were “due enormous credit for their commitment.”
Local businesses also contributed, namely OMac and IA and C Maciver, and the club also thanked its supporters, players and committee who “have always been willing to turn out at short notice to do all the unseen work that makes all this possible”.
FISHING VESSEL OWNERS NEED TO REGISTER AHEAD OF EU EXIT
Local fishing vessel owners will need to register as ‘food businesses’, and have their vessel inspected by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to enable catch to be exported, either directly or indirectly, to Europe after EU-exit.
Owners of Outer Hebrides registered vessels are urged to contact Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Environmental Health team to register their vessels and make arrangements for their vessel to be inspected. This is a legal requirement for those vessels who intend to export their catch, either directly or indirectly, to any EU Member State after the end of the ‘transition period’ on 31st December 2020.
Exemptions apply if your catch is intended either for personal consumption, or it does not exceed 25kg and is for direct sale from the quayside.
Vessel owners are responsible for this registration process, and failure to do so may mean that their catches cannot be exported to EU member states at the end of the transition period.
COMHAIRLE AWARDED FUNDING FOR TEMPORARY PHYSICAL DISTANCING MEASURES
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has been awarded, £128,850 to support the introduction of temporary physical distancing measures across the Outer Hebrides. The fund will be used to implement temporary measures to enable physical distancing while walking, wheeling and cycling.
These measures will include a variety of interventions including changes to speed limits, wider footpaths and traffic calming measures. However, as all interventions are temporary and subject to change, it is vital that they receive public feedback on proposed and implemented interventions. A full list of proposed Interventions will be posted on Comhairle Website and Social Media pages.
Any generic comments or concerns can be emailed to