Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Monday 31st August 2020


The colours of island football team Point FC are in action on the slopes of Kilimanjaro after the community consultant for wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust brought them out to Africa.
Alasdair Nicholson was making the trip – postponed from March to August due to the coronavirus crisis – in a personal capacity but was pleased to bring with him the strips, surplus after Point and Sandwick Trust had sponsored new ones, as a gift for the children of Mbahe primary school.
He also brought them footballs and pens, donated by Point and Sandwick Trust, and biology textbooks for the neighbouring Daranjani secondary school.
Alasdair has been making regular visits to this part of Africa since 2015, primarily to develop local skills in community enterprise. His trip this year renewed his contacts with Ndoro Cultural Tourism Enterprise, who are interested in hearing about the progress of community projects in the Outer Hebrides such as the Point and Sandwick Coastal Community Path, and also with the school, who had asked for the science resources during a previous visit.



A By-Election will be held on Thursday 8 October 2020 to elect a Councillor to serve the Na Hearadh agus Ceann a Deas Nan Loch Electoral Ward for Comhairle nan Siar following the resignation of Councillor Finlay Cunningham. Na Hearadh agus Ceann a Deas Nan Loch is a three Member ward and the two remaining Councillors are Paul A. Finnegan and John G. Mitchell who were elected at the last Local Government election in 2017.
The Notice of Election was published on Friday 28 August 2020 and Nomination Forms for prospective candidates are now available and these can be lodged with the Comhairle from 10.00am today Monday 31 August. The close of nominations is by 4.00pm on Monday 7 September 2020.
Nomination papers can be downloaded or obtained by contacting the Election Office and must be submitted by 4.00pm on Monday 7 September 2020. Election staff can informally check your nomination papers by email prior to submission. However, when formally lodging your nomination papers this must be done in person, therefore, please telephone or email the Election Office to arrange a suitable appointment.
Contact Details:
Election Office, Council Offices, Sandwick Road, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis HS1 2BW
Tel: 01851 822613
Fax: 01851 705349
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Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron has said that communities across the West Highlands are completely exasperated by the failure of Scottish Government ministers to get a grip on vital transport infrastructure projects.
Mr Cameron made his comments after Islands Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, admitted that ministers had found it very hard to understand what was going wrong with the delayed CalMac ferry contract.
Mr Cameron said:
‘After 13 years in office the SNP Government seems to be lurching from one fiasco to another when it comes to transport projects which are critical to the economy of my region.
‘We have ministers writing to each other demanding action while other ministers are reduced to scratching their heads in public when asked what on earth is going on.
‘There seems to be a complete lack of recognition that the Highlands and Islands are utterly dependent on a resilient and fit-for-purpose transport system.
‘The SNP Government needs to get a grip, and it needs to get a grip fast.’



The public are reminded that restrictions on social gatherings came into force on Friday 28 August making it an offence to breach coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance by having a large house party indoors.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon made it clear that the move, which will be reviewed every three weeks, was necessary to ensure socialising can continue in a safe and responsible manner ahead of an expected rise in indoor gatherings during autumn and winter months.
Reports from local outbreak Incident Management Teams suggest that the increasing number of house parties taking place against guidance pose a major risk of COVID-19 transmission and could present high-risk ‘super-spreader’ environments.
Taking responsible action now can help protect families, communities, schools and local businesses from having to return to the stricter lockdown measures necessary to contain any virus outbreak.
Under current guidance, no more than eight people from a maximum of three different households should be meeting indoors. That remains in place. To take account of varying sizes and compositions of families across Scotland, it will be an offence for someone to have a party indoors in their house with more than fifteen people from more than one household present, with limited exceptions.