Monday, 10 March 2008

Local notes

A brand-new boat, designed for transporting young salmon, ran aground east of the Isle of Skye on Saturday morning. The Ronja Superior, full of the latest navigation gadgets, hit a reef at Eilean Garbh, North Rona. It managed to refloat itself on the tide, but was escorted to Kyle of Lochalsh, 50 miles to the south, by the Portree lifeboat. Media reports stating this distance as 15 miles are incorrect.

The Sir E Scott primary school in West Tarbert (Harris) was severely damaged by fire on Saturday evening. A passer-by alerted the fire-service, but when crews arrived at around 8.45pm, the building was well alight. Just over two hours and a lot of seawater later, the blaze was out. The building was fortunately not a complete write-off, as firedoors had been kept closed properly. Pupils at the school had the day off, while alternative arrangements were made.

The islanders of Lewis are anxiously awaiting whether or not the Scottish Government will approve the North Lewis Windfarm. Highlands and Islands MSP Peter Peacock had questioned the Energy Minister (Jim Mather) on the issue, but had not got an answer, as the Minister felt it inappropriate to comment on an application in progress. Mr Peacock had queried whether there was an alternative to the Lewis Windfarm in terms of economic prosperity and job creation.

1 comment:

  1. Peter Peacock...what a happy name, I hope he wears it well.  I would say the navigation system on the new boat needs a little work.