The Scottish Government has confirmed that its Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) 2013 payments will start to arrive in bank accounts from today, Tuesday March 11.
The announcement was made earlier today by Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead
The Scottish Government has authorised payment of 10,400 claims, worth some £58 million. That equates to around 92 per cent of potentially eligible claimants for the scheme, which is worth £65.5 million in total.
Mr Lochhead said:“The vast majority of agricultural land in Scotland is at a natural disadvantage which means our farmers and crofters are working in some of the most challenging conditions in Europe. Payments from the Scottish Government’s Less Favoured Area Support Scheme are therefore absolutely vital for Scottish food production and our rural communities.
“The fact that payments from the 2013 scheme have now started and will reach 92 per cent of claimants in the first week is good news for our farmers, crofters and the wider rural economy. My officials will continue to work hard to ensure the remaining payments are made as quickly as possible.”
Orkney Islands Council’s planning committee will meet in public at the North Walls Centre on Hoy next Tuesday, (March 18).
Councillors on the committee are conducting a site visit earlier in the day in relation to a planning application for the erection of a wind turbine at the Longhope Lifeboat Museum.
They will then consider the application at the committee meeting which members of the public are invited to attend at 12.15pm.
This will be the third isles visit by the committee in the last 18 months, following similar meetings held in Westray and Sanday.
Chairman of the planning committee, Councillor Rob Crichton, said: “While the main purpose of our visit to Hoy on March 18 is for councillors to be able to make a determination with the site visit still fresh in their minds, we do encourage interested members of the public to come along and watch proceedings.”
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Transport Scotland, an agency of the Scottish Government, has published a report into the breakdown of the ferry Hamnavoe last year.
It details the timeline of events and actions carried out by Serco NorthLink in the days and weeks following the breakdown, which saw the vessel out of service for almost a month during May, and replaced on the route by the freight ship Helliar.
The contents of the report has brought reaction from Orkney Islands Council and Serco NorthLink, full details of which will be published in The Orcadian on Thursday.
Police have advised that a large quantity of heart medication has been reported stolen.
It is believed the blister packs of pills, which are several different shapes and colours, went missing on Friday, March 7, from a mobility scooter in the foyer area of the Tesco supermarket.
A spokeswoman from Kirkwall Police Station said: “The medication went missing on Friday, although it was only reported to us today.
“This medication could be extremely hazardous to health if consumed inappropriately and we’d ask anybody who knows its whereabouts to contact us immediately on 101.”
Island councillors will be presented with a report in June on potential solutions to wave overtopping on the second barrier and details on any potential for tidal energy capture.
The report will follow on from a high-level numerical modelling and engineering study currently being carried out by JBA Consulting, which has seen data gathered on sea levels, waves and tidal measurements.
The data has been used to build a computer model which can estimate tidal energy potential as well help to refine possible solutions to wave overtopping. Solutions being explored include an offshore breakwater, a reface of the existing barrier, replacing part of the existing barrier with a bridge type structure and beach recharge.
Following the presentation of the report councillors will be asked to make a decision on the preferred solution which may or may not include tidal energy capture. The preferred solution will then be taken forward for analysis by physical hydraulic modelling, with the final consultant’s report due in December following which it will be reported to members to take a final decision on how to proceed.
The council’s engineering services manager Peter Bevan said: “Wave overtopping at barrier number two is an important issue to the council and the communities that use the barriers. There are various solutions that we have been looking at and it’s important that we take the time to ensure that the solution the council chooses is the right one.”
Police in Kirkwall are appealing for information on the following:
• between 1.15pm and 3pm on Saturday, March 8, a black motor vehicle was damaged while parked at the Pickaquoy Centre car park.
• between 7.30pm and 8.15pm on Saturday, March 8, an item was removed from the front passenger seat of a vehicle while parked on Inganess Road, Kirkwall.
• between November 8, 2013, and November 26, 2013, a quantity of sand was placed into a domestic oil tank at an address on Sanday.
• between 6.45pm on February 28, and 7.30am on March 3, windscreen wipers were ripped from the front windscreen of a van while parked at Papdale Road, Kirkwall.
Anybody with information in relation to these incidents is asked to contact Kirkwall Police Station on 101 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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