Local News for Monday 22nd April 2019


A group of representatives from Scottish Government will be in Lewis from Tuesday to Thursday this week for three days of public consultations, facilitated by community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust at the request of the Scottish Islands Federation.

The community events are part of a consultation programme for the new National Islands Plan and Island Communities Impact Assessments, to ensure that the National Islands Plan “responds truly to the wishes, desires and concerns of island communities”, in the words of government.

Children from Sgoil an Rubha and the Nicolson Institute are among those who will be giving their views, as well as friendship groups for the over-60s and other more formal organisations including community councils and community trusts.

Consultations will be in Point at Ionad Stoodie on Tuesday afternoon and evening, in Sandwick Hall on Wednesday evening and in Carloway Community Hall on Thursday afternoon and evening.

Donald John MacSween, Point and Sandwick Trust general manager, said:

“It’s important that groups in the islands have a voice and we put together a programme to make sure that, in the short time available, a lot of groups have an opportunity to feed into the consultation.”


NHS Western Isles is reminding everyone that April is Foot Health Month – a chance to check that your feet are getting the care and attention they need!
The Foot Health Month campaign, from The College of Podiatry, aims to raise awareness of the importance of good foot health and good foot care through all stages of life.
NHS Western Isles Podiatry Services Manager, Sarann Macphee, said:
“Feet are one of the hardest working parts of our body, but they are also one of the most neglected.
“During Foot Health Month we want to remind people to get to know their feet and know that foot pain is not normal, so if you or a family member is experiencing pain or a problem, visit a podiatrist.
Here are some tips to keep your feet healthy -
Wash your feet every day: Use warm, soapy water and take care to dry them well, especially between your toes.
Trim your toenails: Use proper nail clippers and cut them straight across, not too short and not down at the corners as this can lead to ingrowing toenails.
Keep feet moisturised: If the skin on your feet is dry, put moisturiser on your feet before you go to bed, avoiding between the toes as this can lead to fungal infections.
Wear the right footwear: It is important to make sure your shoes are the right size for your feet. Buy footwear in the afternoon when your feet are at their largest.
Pay attention to your socks: Wear well-fitting socks and change them every day to avoid sweaty feet.
Check your feet regularly: Giving your feet the once over every week will help you to spot any possible problems quickly.
You can find out further information about good foot health via The College of Podiatry online at www.cop.org.uk