ISLES MP STANDS UP FOR REFUGEES IN PARLIAMENT
Recently in Parliament, Isles MP Angus B MacNeil led calls for the Tory government to urgently reform refugee family union rules to ensure that vulnerable people with close relatives in the UK have safe and legal pathways to reunite with them.
Mr MacNeil led a debate in the House of Commons and also hosted a reception in Parliament in partnership with charity Play for Progress which supports unaccompanied child refugees through therapy, music and the arts. The reception was sponsored by Isle of Harris Distillers Ltd and the Association of Exiled Scots.
During the debate, Mr MacNeil called on the UK Government to back his Private Member’s Bill that, if passed, would allow child refugees in the UK to sponsor their close family to come to the UK; expand the qualification criteria so that young people who have turned 18 and elderly parents qualify; and, reintroduce legal aid so refugees have the support they need to navigate the legal system.
Despite the UK government’s opposition, the Bill passed its Second Reading with cross-party support.
The Refugee Council, the UN Refugee Agency, Amnesty UK and the British Red Cross are amongst a number of agencies that back the Isles MP’s Refugees (Family Reunion) Bill.
Read more: Local News for Friday 12th July 2019
SGN GAS WARNING SIREN TEST IN STORNOWAY TODAY
Scottish Gas Networks (SGN), is the operator of the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) storage site on Sandwick road.
The site is subject to the requirements of the Control of Major Accidents Hazards Regulations 2015 as a result of the maximum quantity of LPG stored on the site.
SGN have a warning siren installed on the site used to warn the Public of any incident that has the potential to effect People outside of the site.
The siren will be tested today, Thursday 11th July commencing at 10am over a duration of no more than one hour. Both the “Warning Alarm” – continuous short pulses of high pitched sound - and the “All Clear” – a continuous low pitched sound - will be tested a number of times, for a maximum duration of three minutes each time between 10am and 11am today.
Members of the Public are advised to refer to notification sent out by mail recently to households in the area should they have any concerns.
The Public are also reminded that should they ever experience a gas Emergancy or smell gas, to call the Gas Emergancy contact number free on 0800 111 999. For all other emergencies dial 999.
Read more: Local News for Thursday 11th July 2019
LEWIS WIND POWER SUBMITS APPLICATION FOR ADDITIONAL CONSENT FOR STORNOWAY WIND FARM
Lewis Wind Power (LWP) has submitted an application for an additional planning consent for the company’s proposed Stornoway Wind Farm.
The submission follows two rounds of community consultation on the company’s proposals, with public exhibitions at Stornoway Town Hall in October 2018 and February of this year.
The potential changes are designed to give the company the option of using the very latest onshore wind turbines on the market, which the firm believes may be necessary to generate power at the cost required to compete for long-term contracts in a government-backed auction taking place later this year.
Contracts are awarded by National Grid on a competitive basis with onshore wind farms on Scotland’s ‘remote islands’ competing with major offshore wind developments in the North Sea.
The potential alternative design features 25 turbines with a tip height of up to 180 metres and 10 turbines with a tip height of up to 156m. This compares to a maximum of 36 turbines at up to 145 metres in the project’s existing consent. It is also proposed to increase the separation distance between a number of turbines in the eastern part of the site and the town of Stornoway.
The application documents are available to view online at www.lwp.scot and on the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit website. Hard copies will be available to view locally at LWP’s office in Stornoway, as well as the council offices and Stornoway Library.
The Scottish Government will now invite views from local residents and business and from bodies such as Scottish Natural Heritage before making a decision.
Read more: Local News for Friday 31st May 2019
COMMUNITY SUPPORT & WIND FARM MONEY FOR 2nd HEBRIDEAN PRIDE
Final preparations are underway for this year’s Hebridean Pride, which takes place in Stornoway on Saturday (June 1st). More than 400 people took part in the first Hebridean Pride last year and organisers hope this year’s event will be just as successful.
The event has received support from local organisations and businesses on top of their Lottery grant, including £870 from community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust (P.S.T.)
The parade starts at 3pm from the Golf Club road in the castle grounds but the event will be congregating at The Hub from 2pm, for speeches and music. Anyone intending to join the parade is asked to be at The Hub by 2.15pm at the latest and will be directed to the start from there.
Hebridean Pride Committee chair Susanne Erbida said there were “so many costs that you don’t realise when you put an event on” and the community wind farm money had been “very helpful”.
Donald John MacSween, General Manager at P.S.T. said: “We fully support the organisers in their efforts to raise awareness and increase acceptance, diversity and inclusivity in the islands. We wish them all the best for their event.”
Read more: Local News for Thursday 30th May 2019