Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Monday 25th May 2020

ISLAND RENEWABLES’ KEY ROLE IN COVID RECOVERY

The Comhairle’s Chair of Sustainable Development, Cllr Donald Crichton, is calling for the approval of the Western Isles Transmission Link. This development could potentially unlock £2 billion of investment in Western Isles projects. It could also contribute 500MW of green electricity generation, towards the UK’s drive for Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions, and create much needed jobs in the Western Isles..

Councillor Crichton commented “The Transmission Link and Wind Farms, already consented in the Western Isles, can help power Scotland to a cleaner economic recovery, in the wake of the Coronavirus crisis. The UK Energy Regulator, must now approve the Western Isles Transmission Link, to help Scotland and the rest of the UK, to emerge from the worst economic downturn in 300 years. .

We have shovel ready projects, consented and contracted to Grid, which have been delayed for years, by obscure regulatory blockages. With unemployment set to rise post-COVID and families facing unimaginable economic challenges, now is not the time, to be stalling on £2 billion of private investment, to deliver the Western Isles Transmission Link. We call on the Regulator and Government to take the necessary action.”

Read more: Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Monday 25th May 2020

Fundraising CD for Macmillan

Last year Calum Martin and family were asked by Macmillan Cancer Support to put on a wee concert to help raise funds for us...so the family and some musical pals put on a great concert for us at our local Town hall.

After the concert Calum thought it would be a good idea to raise even more funds by recording a new album!

The album is now finished and ready for release on friday the 22nd of May

The album is called STOIRM and will be released under the band name THE O.L.C.O.T. E. CONNECTION

The album has been dedicated to a very special lady Catherine Martin (Calum's mother) who sadly passed away last year..her grandson Do Martin sings this special song"Feels like a storm"written in her memory and grandaughters Catherine Joan and Isobel Ann sing songs that were very close to her heart.

Some great singers and musicians have taken part to make this possible and we are grateful to them all.

There are a mix of tracks and styles of music which we hope will appeal to you all.

 

For more information please CLICK HERE

Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Friday 22nd May 2020

ISLES MP WELCOMES “ROUTE MAP” TO EASING LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS

Isles MP Angus MacNeil, has welcomed the Scottish Government’s route map, to easing lockdown, which aims to move into Phase 1 on 28th May.

Commenting Angus MacNeil MP said: “The unpredictable nature of coronavirus makes it difficult to set exact timescales and we must take gradual steps to ensure the virus is kept under control. It is important to remember that we remain in lockdown and restrictions will not change before the 28th May.”

“Meanwhile together with Orkney Council Leader James Stockan, we have been having exploratory discussions, to develop testing with companies, who may offer cheaper and quicker testing. This would ensure Covid-19 is not in our communities, giving further confidence after lockdown is eased.”

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Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Thursday 21st May 2020

NEW UK AWARD FOR PST WIND FARM CHARITY

Island community windfarm company Point and Sandwick Trust, have won another major UK award, for social enterprise.

The Trust, which owns and operates the Beinn Ghrideag wind farm, near Stornoway, is the “Environmental Champion” in the NatWest SE100 Social Business Awards 2020.

The organisation was listed for the first time in the top 100 social enterprise businesses in the UK. The index is compiled to “celebrate the growth, impact and resilience of social ventures in the UK”.

Calum Macdonald, development manager for Point and Sandwick Trust said: “This award recognises our success as a business, as well as our impact as a charity We try to have an impact across a range of areas, including helping the local hospice, supporting the most vulnerable, helping local culture and arts, but the environment is one of our most important areas of work and we are delighted that this has been recognised by the NatWest awards.

Read more: Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Thursday 21st May 2020

Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - 20th May 2020

COVID -19 TESTING FOR CAREHOMES

Highlands & Islands MSP Rhoda Grant, has secured an urgent meeting with a Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary, in her continuous bid for a Covid-19 emergency protocol, for care homes.

The Highlands & Islands MSP has criticised Health Secretary Jeane Freeman, over the length of time, it has taken to respond to requests, for “a clear single protocol”, to be drawn up, to protect care home staff and residents from Covid-19 outbreaks.

MSP Rhoda Grant said: “I will ask the Cabinet Secretary to outline, exactly what scientific advice has changed, in that the government now accepts, the need to carry out regular staff testing in care homes.”

Read more: Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - 20th May 2020