When is a crofter not a crofter?

A Skye crofter has criticised the Crofting Commission for an administrative glitch which has branded him an “absentee” landlord — even though he lives and works on his holding. In 2008 Terry Swainbank bought the croft at half of four Ard Dorch. With the previous owner classed as a “landlord of a vacant croft,” Mr […]

Hogmanay collection raises £505 for Stornoway RNLI Lifeboat

Stornoway Port Authority have passed their thanks to all who contributed at a special collection on Hogmanay to support Stornoway RNLI Lifeboat Station. In total £505.42 was raised. The Port Authority’s staff members and cruise ambassadors’ representative were collecting money at Bayhead during the New Year’s Eve celebrations, which finished with the Hogmanay fireworks. The […]

Uist councillor calls it a day

One of the longest serving councillors in the Western Isles has tendered his resignation for what is understood to be health reasons. Archie Campbell from North Uist, a former teacher, was first elected to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in 1999 and served as chair of the sustainable development committee from 2003 to 2014. Mr Campbell […]

There ain’t nothing like a dame !

Plockton Amateur Dramatic Society’s pantomime, “Captain Hook’s Revenge!” opened at Plockton High School on Thursday of this week, with a Saturday matinee at 2pm. Peter Pan (Hayleigh Bloomfield) and Dotty Darling (Trevor Savage) are pictured during rehearsals. More photos in next week’s issue.

Kyle service point is saved from closure

The threat of closure has been lifted from Kyle Service Point. For the past year a review has been carried out into the Highland Council’s service point network — after the local authority shelved an original proposal to axe 23 of their 35 service point facilities. The council’s customer service board, set up to carry […]

Ian Blackford selected as SNP candidate for Ross, Skye and Lochaber

Ian Blackford, who has been selected as the SNP candidate for Ross, Skye and Lochaber in the upcoming general election, has said he is “ready for the challenge”. Mr Blackford, from Glendale on Skye, will challenge long-standing LibDem MP Charles Kennedy for the seat at the general election on 7th May and has called on […]

Weather bites – but council gritters out of action

Three gritters in Skye and Lochalsh were out of service this week, leading to reduced coverage as snow fell across the area. On Tuesday local community councils were alerted to the issue by Highland Council, with the gritter which covers the A890 Auchtertyre to Achnasheen road — a primary route — out of action while […]

Hundreds back campaign to save Dunvegan Post Office

BY LISA FALCONER lisa.falconer@whfp.co.uk A petition to save Dunvegan Post Office has attracted 700 signatures, with the local post mistress warning the service “could not survive” changes now being proposed. Post Office Ltd are seeking to re-classify Dunvegan Post Office as a “local post office” — a move that will reduce its core annual payments […]