Local News for Monday 20th May 2019

PUBLIC DROP-IN ON ISLES LONG-TERM FERRY OPTIONS

Transport Scotland has commissioned Peter Brett Associates (PBA), now part of Stantec, to carry out a transport appraisal considering the long-term options for the ferry routes to, from and within the Outer Hebrides. The consultations have already been taking place in the Southern Isles throughout last week and now the consultants will be hosting public sessions on the Isles of Lewis and Harris.
The public are invited to drop in to take part at the following times and locations, today Monday 20th May- Lewis, 4pm to 7.30pm at the Bridge Community Centre, Stornoway, and tomorrow, Tuesday 21st May, 4pm to 7.30pm at Tarbert Community Centre.
These meetings will take the form of a public drop-in session, where members of the public are welcome to come along, find out about the emerging study outcomes and, if they wish, have an informal discussion with the transport team at any point between 4pm and 7.30pm.


ISLAND CROFTERS CAN’T TRUST TORY BREXIT SAY SNP

Crofters in the Western Isles have been “badly let down” by the Tories and food producers are suffering from ongoing Brexit uncertainty, MSP Alasdair Allan has said.

The islands MSP said that the failure of the UK government to pass on money from the EU owed to Scotland underlined the danger of a Tory power-grab after Brexit. Scottish crofters and farmers receive £580 million annually through the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan commented: “Brexit is an enormous threat to island crofters, who are deeply concerned over export markets and the future of subsidy support.

“The Tories simply can’t be trusted after their brazen cash-grab of EU money that rightfully should have been passed on to Scotland.

“The Scottish agriculture sector has now endured three years of uncertainty about access to European markets. There is also now the risk of our domestic market being flooded with food imports that do not meet any of the high welfare and safety standards currently in place.