Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Tuesday 7th July 2020

COMHAIRLE’S CROWN ESTATE REVENUE ALLOCATION

Comhairle nan Siar Leader, Roddie Mackay, has welcomed the announcement that the Comhairle’s share of the Crown Estate, net revenue for 2018/19, will be £2.3M. This sum is a £600k increase, from the £1.7m received last year for 2017/18 and is a result, of the Comhairle’s continued engagement with both the UK and Scottish Governments.

Cllr Roddie Mackay, said: “This latest announcement on the increase for the 2018/19 allocation is very welcome and will allow us to have further dialogue with communities, on how we can support each other and the services which we all need and value, during these challenging times.”

“Decisions on the 2017/18 projects will be made this month and I will also be proposing, that the Comhairle agrees how to allocate the funding from 2018/19, in August, so that communities can benefit from this funding as soon as practicably possible.”


PUBLIC URGED TO REPORT WHALE AND DOLPHIN SIGHTINGS IN HEBRIDES

The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust, is calling on members of the public to record their at-sea excursions, with sightings of whales, dolphins, porpoises and endangered basking sharks. This will boost monitoring efforts and strengthen understanding of the coronavirus lockdown’s impact on these animals.

With wildlife around the world, reported to be taking advantage of reduced human activity, the Trust wants to discover more about, what has been happening in Hebridean seas, which are globally important for whales, porpoises and basking sharks.

The Trust’s ability to gather crucial scientific evidence, for the effective conservation of these remarkable animals, has been hit hard by the global Covid-19 pandemic – leaving it facing the biggest gap in its data collection for two decades.
There has also been an 80 percent decrease in reported sightings of cetaceans by members of the public compared to 2019.

With lockdown restrictions easing, the Trust is appealing to people living and working on the west coast to log their excursions, report sightings and submit photographs through its quick and easy-to-use Whale Track website at whaletrack.hwdt.org or free smartphone app, which works in the most remote areas of the Hebrides without network coverage or WiFi.

 

CASTLEVIEW DENTAL PRACTICE UPDATE
In keeping with Scottish Government changes, Castleview Dental Practice on Cromwell Street is now able to offer appointments again.

Castleview is working in co-operation with the NHS Western Isles Dental Service, and some patients with more complex care may be referred to the Western Isles Dental Centre.
This week the practice will prioritise patients with outstanding Urgent and Emergency care. Patients should call the practice on its usual number, 01851 704400.

 

FUND RAISING KILTWALK

The fundraising Kiltwalk in North Lochs on Saturday raised £1800, in aid of the Beatson Cancer Charity. Mairi and Aiden MacKenzie doned their kilts and walked past Grimshader, Ranish, Crossbost and Leurbost finally finishing outside Aiden’s school, Sgoil nan Loch.
Mairi MacKenzie said ”This was a distance of 8.5 miles, which was the best we could do safely within the limitations. All the funds are for the Beatson Cancer Charity who make a huge difference to many islanders, who's loved ones are having cancer treatment in Glasgow. We raised £1800 and as it was a Kiltwalk, an extra 50% will be added on by the Hunter Foundation.

 

VIRTUAL CEÒLAS

Ceòlas Uibhist will mark the 2020 Gaelic and Music summer school, which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, with a series of virtual concerts this week.
The concerts, featuring past and present tutors from the Ceòlas summer school, will premiere on Facebook and Youtube.
Tomorrow Wednesday there will be a traditional Uist style Piping Ceilidh at 9pm
On Thursday at 9pm, the concert will feature some of the finest exponents of fiddle music, from Scotland and Cape Breton.
On Friday the Ceilidh Mor at 9pm will feature some of Gaeldom’s tradition bearers and young local singers.