Local News for Monday 29th April 2019


Rachel Mackenzie, Highlands and Islands Enterprise Outer Hebrides Area Manager was among those who met at Grinneabhat in North Bragar recently to look ahead to the start of the redevelopment of the former Bragar School.

HIE is supporting UCBA, the Bragar and Arnol Community Trust and Mrs Mackenzie said:

“We are delighted to be in a position to help UCBA finalise their funding package. The group has ambitious plans to revitalise the community and improve the location as a place to live and work. The centre has been used as a base for community engagement since the school closed and plans to refurbish the school will enable it to become a quality modern community hub with a focus on Gaelic and cultural tourism serving the area and creating employment and sustainable income for the community. We are pleased to work with the group and to support this project.”

In addition to HIE, the project has also received support from a wide range of local and national organisations including the COSLA Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (with support from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar), Bòrd na Gàidhlig, and also the Western Isles Development Trust.

Work on the redevelopment of Grinneabhat will be undertaken by O' Mac Construction Limited with Tighean Innse Gall as Project Managers and will begin on Tuesday 7th May.



The Trading Standards team at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is reminding residents that The Scottish Government is currently consulting on Fireworks in Scotland.
Fireworks are traditionally associated with festivities which celebrate events that are important to different communities across Scotland. Fireworks can bring colour and excitement to the special occasions that are important to people.
However, fireworks are potentially dangerous and need to be used safely and handled with care to avoid serious injury.
For some, the noise made by setting off fireworks can be a nuisance, and the disturbance can cause distress to both people and animals.
A spokesperson, said:
“The Scottish Government is keen to hear your views on whether the regulations on how fireworks are used needs to be improved.
“As part of the consultation, two events are being held in Stornoway Town Hall on Wednesday 8th May 2019, at 2pm and then at 6pm. We would encourage everyone with an interest in fireworks to attend.”