ISLES MP QUIZZES MICHAEL GOVE MP ON ISLES INTERCONNECTOR
Speaking in a recent Climate Change debate in the House of Commons, Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus MacNeil asked Environment Secretary Michael Gove MP to push Ofgem to approve a 600MW interconnector for the Western Isles.
Mr MacNeil said: “A major help in reducing the UK’s Carbon footprint is the inclusion of a 600MW interconnector to the mainland – from the best wind resource in Europe.
“At the moment Ofgem are talking about a 450MW link, for just 4p more for the billpayer, we could do a lot more.
“Will he stamp on Ofgem and when they talk about concerns for the consumer, will they talk about concerns for the consumer’s environment and not a tawdry 4p on people’s bill.”
Mr Gove said it was a ‘fair point well made’ although adding it was a decision for Ofgem.
Mr MacNeil had been contacted by many constituents asking him to take part in the Opposition Day Climate Change debate.
Read more: Local News for Tuesday 7th May 2019
ENTRIES INVITED FOR ANNUAL JUNIOR PIPING COMPETITION IN STORNOWAY
The annual junior piping competition organised by The Lewis and Harris Piping Society takes place on Saturday, June 8th in Stornoway having out grown its previous venue at Grianan.
The competition, being held in the Nicolson Institute, starts at 10.30am and aims to finish by 4.30pm. It is open to any young person under the age of 18 learning to play the chanter or pipes.
It is split into three main sections – chanter, piping and freestyle – which are broken down further, according to age and stage.
The Piping Society also hopes to reinstate the category of ‘dress and deportment’ which has not been included in recent years.
For The Lewis and Harris Piping Society, organising competitions for young learners is at the heart of their constitution.
A concert will be held in Stornoway Town Hall at 7pm that evening and feature performances from some of the participants as well as a recital by chief judge Jonathan Simpson from Bo’Ness, a Grade 1 player and Pipe Major of Boghall and Bathgate Juvenile Pipe Band. He will be joined in the judging by Allan MacDonald, former Pipe Major of the Lewis Pipe Band, and others.
Entry is free for both the competition and the evening performance, although donations will be taken at the door and go towards the Lewis and Harris Youth Pipe Band.
Read more: Local News for Wednesday 1st May 2019
MP CALLS FOR MORE ACCESS TO LIFELINE AIR SERVICES FOR LOCAL COMMUNITY
Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP, Angus MacNeil has welcomed the announcement that the Scottish Government is again tendering for the PSO route from Barra to Glasgow but is asking for more action to ensure the community can access lifeline flights at short notice.
Mr MacNeil said: “It was ironic that on the day of this announcement, there were no seats available between Glasgow and Barra for the next fortnight.
“This is impacting on the local community and businesses, both local and off island, who are having to deal with shorter windows of need and find that bookings are taken by tourists who have booked long in advance, sometimes just doing day returns.”
He added: “I would ask Michael Matheson MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Transport to accept that all the seats have booking windows typically of 9-12 months but that they do need to keep some seats with shorter booking windows of 2-4 weeks for the summer period.
“During the summer, the lifeline air service is very often closed to islanders because of the length of booking windows.”
The Invitation to Tender for the contract, which will run for four years from 25th October 2019 includes new measures which will see little used services from Barra and Tiree removed from schedules to create a bank of rotations which can be deployed at the discretion of local communities.
A trial on the Barra service, which sees seats reserved for passengers travelling for medical purposes, will also be formalised in the new contract.
Read more: Local News for Monday 6th May 2019
WESTERN ISLES SHUT OUT SCAMMERS CAMPAIGN
Recently, CNES Trading Standards Officers participated in the Police Scotland multi-agency Shut out Scammers campaign. The campaign targets doorstep and bogus crime and raises awareness of offenders who cold call people and scam them out of money.
As part of the campaign, officers from the Comhairle took the opportunity to provide timely advice to local traders to stop them from falling foul of the law, particularly when selling away from business premises. Advice was also provided on Business Names legislation and the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.
A spokesperson said:
“We are reminding local businesses about The Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation & Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 which require that Traders provide certain information in writing, or e-mail, at certain times before and after a contract is made.
“In some circumstances when Traders are providing goods or services costing over £42 in a consumers home or place of work, they must give a 14 day cancellation period.
“Under this legislation, failure to provide a consumer with a notice of their 14 day cancellation rights may be a criminal offence.
“Advice was also given regarding the necessity to keep good business records, and model cancellation forms which comply with the legislative requirements were provided to Traders.”
Businesses can access free, impartial legal guidance at https://www.businesscompanion.info/ or by contacting Stornoway Trading Standards on 01851 822694.
Read more: Local News for Tuesday 30th April 2019