Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Tuesday 18th August 2020


HIAL is undertaking a retrospective island communities impact assessment of its Air Traffic Management Strategy (ATMS) following input from a number of stakeholders.
The ATMS programme was approved in 2018, but HIAL have agreed to undertake the impact assessment in the spirit of transparency. HIAL have appointed Reference Economic Consultants to undertake the assessment on their behalf.
Inglis Lyon, HIAL’s Managing Director said:
“Reference Economic Consultants have provided extensive economic and research services for the public sector across the Highlands and Islands, including each of our island local authorities and Highland.
“As there is currently no guidance on how island impact assessments should be undertaken, the Scottish Government Islands Team was consulted for guidance
“The approach reflects the Islands Act’s requirement that an islands impact assessment should describe the likely significantly different effect of the policy, strategy or service compared to its effect on other communities (including other island communities) in the area in which the authority exercises its functions’.
The assessment process is well underway and is now focused on engagement with local community representatives.



Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar propose to install replacement precast culvert units at the Castle Access Road culvert, adjacent to the Golf Club.
The first evening closure is scheduled for tonight Tuesday 18th August 2020, between the hours of 21.00pm and 4.00am.The second closure is provisionally 2 weeks from now.
The access road shall be closed to traffic between these hours with temporary access available along the saw mill road with allowance only for emergency vehicles to pass through.


Following the Comhairle's investigative survey works on Bernera Bridge over the past few days, a precautionary temporary weight restriction of 7.5 tonnes will be placed on the bridge. This will be reviewed over the course of next week when further structural assessment will be undertaken.



NHS Western Isles’ are promoting a step count challenge, to walk the length of the Outer Hebrides, over the next 6 weeks. The challenge of 172 miles, a virtual route of the Outer Hebrides can be walked using the Big Team Challenge app and web system.

Dr Maggie Watts, NHS Western Isles Director of Public Health, said:
“Although the weather can be difficult sometimes, getting out and about around our beautiful islands can make a big difference to our mental and physical health and wellbeing. This year’s Step Challenge will help people return to walking after the long months of lockdown and travel limitations. The step challenge is now open for registration”



The Outer Hebrides LEADER and EMFF (European Maritime and Fisheries Communities Fund) supported community development and small businesses to grow, between 2016 and 2020
A series of short films will showcase and capture a permanent record of the impact, of community-led local development, throughout the islands.
One film will be launched daily on the Outer Hebrides LEADER, TrixPixMedia and Comhairle nan Eilean social media pages, from this week.



A new scheme which will help distilleries cut carbon emissions is being enthusiastically backed by Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron.
The £10m Green Distilling Fund, funded by the UK Government, will help distilleries harness energy sources such as low-carbon hydrogen, biomass and repurposed waste to power their operations.
Mr Cameron said: “Consumers now want to know that the products they consume are produced responsibly and with respect for the environment, this scheme will only enhance the strength of our global brand. “This will support the very promising growth in gin production across the region, and the jobs and investment that goes with it.”



Glasgow based, Belle Media have been awarded funds, to produce a 10 part radio series of their Captain Bobo children’s books. The series funded by the Audio Content Fund will be broadcast this autumn on national children’s radio station Fun Kids and a number of independent radio stations around the country, including Isles FM.

The Captain Bobo series will be recorded in both English and Gaelic. The Gaelic version will be narrated by Uist-born Gillebride Macmillan, the English language version will be narrated by Largs born actor John Sessions.

The Adventures of Captain Bobo series have been written by R. D. Dikstra & Kay Hutchison with Illustrations by Matt Rowe. They are inspired by the iconic PS Waverley, the world’s last seagoing passenger-carrying paddle steamer, and tales told by Kay’s father, Captain Robin ‘Hurricane Hutch’ Hutchison, who was one of the youngest captains to serve on Scotland’s famous Firth of Clyde, where he worked for over 40 years.
Kay Hutchison, founder of Belle Media says:
“We are particularly pleased to be producing a Gaelic version as many of the crew my father sailed with, were from the Western Isles. I know he would be delighted we are able to honour them in this way.”