Local News for Monday 27th May 2019


Western Isles SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has welcomed latest round of Croft House Grant Scheme awards announced by the Scottish Government

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy Fergus Ewing MSP announced recently that an additional £350,000 will support 10 crofting families in building or upgrading their croft houses.

Since 2007, more than £19 million of Croft House Grant has been awarded to over 950 crofters to upgrade housing or build new homes. Crofters in the Western Isles are eligible for the upper grant of £38,000.

Alasdair Allan MSP commented: “The Croft House Grant Scheme is an efficient and valuable way of building homes in rural areas. I am often lobbying the Scottish Government on this subject on behalf of constituents and it’s welcome to see more money going towards this purpose.

“The Scheme plays a vital role in retaining families in the in islands – as shown by the fact the majority of successful awards in this announcement were from the Western Isles.”



Trading Standards Officers at Comhairle na Eilean Siar are warning residents in Uist and Barra that there have been reports of door to door sellers currently operating in the islands.

A spokesperson said:
“Often the goods or the work door to door sellers provide can be of poor quality and the price charged can be very high. Callers may not always be what they seem and we would ask that residents look out for elderly and vulnerable neighbours and relatives.”
If you are concerned about Doorstep sellers, you can call Trading Standards on 01851 822 694 or Police Scotland on 101.
Free “No doorstep sellers” signage is available from Council Offices.