Thursday, May 23, 2019
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£198,967 has been awarded to the Skye and Raasay area and will be used on local improvements.

Highland Council say the new funding is to stimulate economic investments in Highland town centres and to help them diversify and flourish.

In partnership with COSLA, The Scottish Government have provided £50m capital to set up the Town Centre Fund 2019-2020.

A motion to use £170k to study and seek support for a trial air service between Skye and Glasgow has been approved.

The Highland Council Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee voted today (Thursday 16 May) to use the funds for development studies and to authorise the chair to write to the Minister of Transport for further support for the trial air service.

"Significant investment" will be required to secure the future of the Portree Community Centre.

The Lochalsh and Skye Housing Association, PBCT, local Councillors, HIE and the Portree Community Centre Committee (PCCC) alongside representatives from Portree Nursery and Portree Primary have held a series of meetings to discuss the future of the Community Centre and the Camanachd Square/Park Road area. 

A 70-year-old woman with an injured ankle was rescued yesterday (Wednesday 15 May.)

The woman had sustained an ankle injury at the Old Man of Storr around 5:30pm.  

They used a SPOT beacon to alert the Coastguard to their location.  

Skye Mountain Rescue Team assisted the ambulance service in attending to the woman.


A wildfire warning is in place across Scotland until tomorrow (Friday 17 May.)

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service say: "Our rural areas can be devastated by these fires – as can the lives of people living and working in these communities."

They have also issued a wildfire leaflet, containing suggestions for making your home safer.  

Suggestions include having an escape plan in the event of a wildfire, calling 999 immediately upon seeing a fire in the countryside and creating a safe, fire-resistant zone around your house.

A third Gaelic Language Plan has been published by the University of the Highlands and Islands.  

The document sets out the university's strategy for continuing to promote and develop the use of Gaelic through its practices, curriculum and communications until 2022.

Proposals include producing more bilingual resources, encouraging staff to learn Gaelic as part of their development plans and holding more Gaelic events.

Skye residents have made their voices heard on island issues, caused by increased tourism.

The first phase of a major survey on tourism and its impacts on Skye had over 250 responses when it was conducted throughout March and April.

In the online survey, Skye residents were asked what they believe are the main issues facing the island as a result of the increase in tourism. 30% of respondents highlighted dangerous driving as the major issue but most respondents focussed on a lack of infrastructure – lack of Toilets (18%), poor Roads (14%), Parking (7%) and lack of Public Transport (2%).

Parking enforcement activities are set to be rolled out across the Highlands today (Tuesday 14 May).

Highland Council say locations in Kyle, Kyleakin, Portree, Sligachan, Dunvegan, Storr and Broadford are all included in the list.

The enforcement will concern roads containing on-street parking, waiting and loading prohibitions and restrictions.

Mobile Officers have begun patrolling these townships on a random basis and are operating from bases in Fort William, Skye and Inverness.

New electric car charging points have been installed on Skye today (Tuesday 14 May.)

The brand new points are located at An Crùbh in south Skye.

The hub, which was built by the community of Camuscross and Duisdale, can now add electric car charging to its list of local services, which include a cafe, shop, post office and gathering space.  

Some parts of Raasay will be without electricity on Thursday 16 May.

The Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) will be on the island all day, carrying out essential works to the overhead electricity network.

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