Local News for Monday 25th March 2019

10th ANNIVERSARY FOR POINT 5K WITH NEW 10K RUN ADDED

The Leanne Fund will host the 10th Point 5k event on June 1st with the addition of a new 10k race.
The Fund are delighted to receive funding from Tighean Innse Gall (TIG) which will support the organisation of the new 10k race taking place alongside the annual Point 5k walk/run. A trophy for the new event has also been kindly sponsored by Point Community Council.
The annual event is the largest sporting event in Point with over 150 taking part and it is hoped that this year’s extended event will attract even more participants.
Chrisetta Mitchell, Development Manager for The Leanne Fund said:
“We are so grateful to TIG for sponsoring our inaugural Point 10k and to Point Community Council for sponsoring a trophy.
“The 5k has been a great success for the last decade and we hope many people will come and support our extended event to mark the 10th anniversary.
“The support from TIG at a local level is of great assistance to us. We look forward to what will be an exciting day for the Fund.”
You can enter the 5k and 10k events online http://www.theleannefund.co.uk/events.html
or call into The Leanne Fund office on Point Street to pick up an entry form.
The 10k event is limited to 100 participants and is for runners only. Walkers are very welcome to enter the 5k which is open to all the family.


ISLANDERS CONTACT SNP COUNCILLORS OVER COUNCIL TAX RISE

The council tax hike is causing financial pain to island families, say the SNP Group at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar who have received many representations from the community recently.
The Group of councillors tried to prevent the nearly 5% increase being imposed on local households but their efforts were defeated.

SNP Group leader, councillor Gordon Murray said: “We fought against this by pleading for council tax not to be raised by this amount.
"Energy prices and rents are increasing and so it is so sad that the majority of councillors disagreed with the SNP group and chose to exact the maximum tax on an an already hard-hit community.”
The group made reference to the large amounts of reserves that the council could have used to mitigate the rise.
Councillor John A Maciver added: “It is disappointing that the council chose to increase council tax because it could and not because it had to.”