17 February 2018
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, has been continuing the fight for an additional ferry for the overbooked life line service between Stornoway and Ullapool.
Islanders and visitors alike were faced with fully booked sailings between Stornoway and Ullapool during many months of last year.
She met with Calmac chiefs as well as Council leaders in an attempt to have the situation resolved and a second vessel operating primarily as a Freight Ferry put in place.
The MSP stated “It is a widely accepted fact that there is simply not enough capacity on this vital life line route during many months of the year.
"This has a huge effect on the normal life of the Islanders as well as a detrimental effect on the wider economic environment.
"Businesses are fearful that many of their bookings which have been made for this coming season will suffer as they did last year.
"They fear that the attraction of visiting the Islands will decrease as the tourists find it impossible to travel and then have to plan to go elsewhere.Read more
9 February 2018
As most know I have been heavily involved in the Stromeferry Bypass issue for many years. I have always tried to keep you up to date with my work on this issue.
Today I made contact with Colin Howell the Head of Infrastructure at Highland Council to obtain an update. He kindly provided the following:
“ The last update I gave to the community through a request from Rhoda Grant MSP, I advised that with regard to the longer term solution to the Stromeferry Bypass, the targeted STAG stage 2 was submitted to Transport Scotland, including the work that HITRANS have commissioned to review the viability of a long term road and rail sharing operation.
8 February 2018
Rhoda's speech in the Scottish Parliament Bill debate
We on the Labour benches are happy to support the Islands (Scotland) Bill. It has the potential to make a step change in how islands are governed by empowering them to make decisions that affect their own future.
However, the bill as it stands is far too timid and will achieve nothing unless it is strengthened.
As David Stewart said, the bill is a tribute to the work of the three islands councils and their vision in the our islands, our future campaign.
I hope that we can strengthen the bill to realise their dream.
We need high-level objectives in the bill, but I was disappointed to hear that the minister appears not to be keen on that.
At the moment, the bill is simply warm words.
It needs to be clear about why we are legislating.
Speech in the Scottish Parliament debate
1 December 2016
The 16 days of activism against gender-based violence always provide us with an opportunity to debate violence against women.
Although we have debates over the year on different aspects of violence against women, we have the opportunity to use this debate to highlight gaps in services and ideas for improved support and service provision.Read more