Local News for Thursday 23rd May 2019


Western Isles Council have issued a Road Traffic Regulation Act notice warning the public of temporary road closures on Bayhead Street, Matheson Road, Sandwick Road and James Street Stornoway between the hours of 10:00am to 10:15am:

BAYHEAD STREET, MATHESON ROAD AND JAMES STREET: North of the entrance in to Perceval Square towards and along Bayhead Street to the roundabout, adjacent to Porter's Lodge, along Matheson Road and then along James Street to the Shell St/ North Beach Street Roundabout.

SANDWICK ROAD: the section West of the Sports Centre entrance to the James Street/Matheson Road roundabout.
Access will be available for emergency vehicles in discharge of their duties.

The temporary closure is in the interests of road safety at the start of the Stornoway Half Marathon. Traffic will be held up at any junctions or accesses to these roads as the race passes.



The Chairman of the Uist Economic Taskforce Working Group, Councillor Iain Archie MacNeil, has called for a Housing Seminar to be held in Uist in early Autumn to begin to develop solutions to address housing issues in Uist and Barra following the latest meeting of the Uist Economic Taskforce Working Group.
Cllr. MacNeil, said:
‘Housing remains a key component for the economy of Uist and for all our islands, but too many housing matters remain unresolved. Therefore, I am now calling for a Housing Seminar to be held in the very near future in Uist to consider and address a range of housing issues so that we can unlock the economic potential in the Uist and Barra area and address population decline. I will be working with the newly formed Uist and Barra Housing Working Group and all agencies involved.’
Cllr MacNeil continued:
‘I will be writing to the Scottish Government, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Comhairle, Hebridean Housing Partnership, Tighean Innse Gall, the Crofting Commission, crofters and landowners to join forces and to support the Housing Seminar.’
The Uist Economic Taskforce also welcomed the Comhairle’s decision for the recently announced Town Centre Fund to prioritise the regeneration of the Balivanich area. An updated list of priorities for funding will be presented to the next meeting of the Working Group on 28 June 2019