HIAL’s ISLANDS COMMUNITY IMPACT ASSESSMENT TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE
HIALS’s so called Islands Community Impact Assessment is ‘too little too late’ and at the very least doesn’t meet the spirit of Islands Proofing Legislation, says the Chair of CNES Transportation Committee.
HIAL announced this week that consultants would be appointed to carry out a study into the impact of Air Traffic Control centralisation on Island communities.
CNES have highlighted that there will be a significant loss of jobs in the Islands and that the proposals demonstrate a lack of commitment to Island communities.
Cllr Uisdean Robertson said:
“This looks like a paper exercise. The point is that this will have a major adverse economic impact – we don’t need consultants to tell us that. Surely any meaningful study should have been carried out before the decision was taken in order to inform the strategy rather than pay lip service in a desperate attempt to show that HIAL has concern for Island communities.
“It is too little, too late. The legislation on Islands Proofing was designed to prevent exactly this kind of disregard for Island communities. Whilst we are still waiting for guidance on Island Proofing I believe this centralisation process is certainly against the spirit of the legislation.”
Read more: Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Friday 21st August 2020
HIAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF AIR TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT STRATEGY
HIAL is undertaking a retrospective island communities impact assessment of its Air Traffic Management Strategy (ATMS) following input from a number of stakeholders.
The ATMS programme was approved in 2018, but HIAL have agreed to undertake the impact assessment in the spirit of transparency. HIAL have appointed Reference Economic Consultants to undertake the assessment on their behalf.
Inglis Lyon, HIAL’s Managing Director said:
“Reference Economic Consultants have provided extensive economic and research services for the public sector across the Highlands and Islands, including each of our island local authorities and Highland.
“As there is currently no guidance on how island impact assessments should be undertaken, the Scottish Government Islands Team was consulted for guidance
“The approach reflects the Islands Act’s requirement that an islands impact assessment should describe the likely significantly different effect of the policy, strategy or service compared to its effect on other communities (including other island communities) in the area in which the authority exercises its functions’.
The assessment process is well underway and is now focused on engagement with local community representatives.
Read more: Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Tuesday 18th August 2020
WORLD PHOTOGRAPH DAY 2020 COMPETITION!
World Photograph Day on Wednesday, 19th August is an annual worldwide celebration of art, craft, science and the history of photography. Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will be taking part by hosting a competition for photographs of the Western Isles. These photographs can represent a range of different areas, such as landscape, daily life in the Islands, tradition and culture, history, crofting, fishing, the people of the Western Isles and so on. During the course of the day, the Comhairle will post entries on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
A Comhairle Spokesperson said:
“This is a great opportunity to showcase talent in our islands and to take a day to appreciate the Islands we live in. There will be 10 photographs chosen and these will be printed and displayed in Comhairle buildings for years to come.
“After a judging panel has viewed all of the entries, the 10 winners will be announced on Facebook on Friday 21st August. Please join us by sending in your photos and using the hashtags #WorldPhotographDay and #WorldPhotographDayWesternIsles.”
Read more: Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Monday 17th August 2020
AN LANNTAIR OPENING MONDAY
At 10am on Monday August 17th An lanntair will finally open their doors and say ‘Fàilte’ to you all as they take their first steps in re-opening the islands’ arts centre to the public once again.
The first floor only will be open again to visitors, where you can enjoy the brand new An Lanntair Sketchbook Project exhibition in the main gallery, as well as a look around at what’s new in their Shop.
Following government guidelines, An lanntair will be asking that visitors wear facemasks and adhere to social-distancing measures when inside at An Lanntair. They will also set a limited number of people permitted inside at one time, and ask that visitors follow the one-way system through the main gallery when viewing the new exhibition.
Protective screens have been installed at the reception area, and sanitation stations are available throughout the building for public use.
More information can be found online at
Read more: Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Friday 14th August 2020