Local News for Wednesday 13th March 2019

COMHAIRLE nan EILEAN SIAR WELCOME ADS EXTENTION

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed news that ADS (Air Discount Scheme) is to be extended and that students in the Islands with a main residence elsewhere will now qualify for the scheme.
Cllr Uisdean Robertson, Chairman of Transportation and Infrastructure, said:
“The Comhairle has long campaigned for an extension to ADS which would include those studying in the Islands but with their main residence elsewhere and I am delighted that the Scottish Government has listened to the case we have made. We have also asked that businesses be included under the scheme but so far this has not been accepted. Still, this is a very positive development in extending the scheme.”
The Air Discount Scheme (ADS), which provides eligible travellers with a discount of 50% on core air fares, has been renewed until 31 December 2020.
Students who are studying away from home and whose main residence is in an eligible area will continue to qualify for ADS.


ISLES FISHERIES MEETING

Cllr Alasdair Macleod, Vice-Chairman of Policy and & Resources and Chairman of Fisheries JCC and Duncan MacInnes, Secretary of WIFA (Western Isles Fishermen's Association) met with Mairi Gougeon, Minister for Rural Affairs and Natural Environment, and a senior official from Marine Scotland in Edinburgh recently to discuss a number of fishery issues relating to the Hebrides and, in particular, challenges arising from Marine Protected Areas around the Hebrides.
Cllr Macleod said, "The meeting with the Minister was positive and productive and a number of important issues were discussed especially the impact of marine environmental designations on fishing communities in the Outer Hebrides. The Comhairle's desire to ensure local communities are fully involved in future management measures design and implementation was highlighted and also island proofing of potential new marine designations to take account of the Islands Act."
The Minister agreed to continue discussions with relevant stakeholders of the fishing industry at a meeting in Stornoway in July.