Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar owns the Stornoway Abattoir. The Abattoir is a fully equipped, modern abattoir, which holds a full licence for trading and meets the required European Standards. Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar substantially refurbished these premises in 1993 and since that time has improved and maintained the facility to a high standard.
The service this facility provides is a significant element of the crofting/agricultural sector in the Western Isles although due to the low throughput the plant is only open six months of the year.
The fundamental aim of the Active Schools Network is to offer youngsters the motivation and opportunities to adopt active, healthy lifestyles now and into adulthood. Active Schools also aims to introduce more physical activity into their daily lives through active play, travel and dance.
Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982, section 97, has the responsibility to name and number streets for housing developments and to name and number new developments, or to rename and renumber existing developments in consultation with the Local Members, except where the name in question involves a serving, or former Member, of the Comhairle.
The Comhairle are responsible for monitoring dog fouling and for initiating court proceedings against offenders. In Scotland the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003 makes it an offence not to clear up after your dog. Offenders face a fixed penalty of which increases if not paid within 28 days. Offenders can also be reported to the Procurator Fiscal and may be fined up to £500 if convicted.
The Comhairle does not have a dedicated Dog warden Service but the Consumer and Environmental Services team promotes and monitors responsible dog ownership, enforces dog fouling and dog nuisance legislation and deals with stray dogs.
The Comhairle’s Consumer and Environmental Services is responsible for carrying out the Council’s duties in relation to the Animal Health Act 1981 and other associated legislation in relation to Animal Health and Welfare. This work is carried out by the animal health and welfare inspector.
The Antisocial Behaviour etc (Scotland) Act 2004 provides the opportunity for Police and Local Authorities to deal with anti-social behaviour through civil rather than criminal proceedings. Guidance in respect of the Act is comprehensive and detailed, instructing Police and Local Authorities on procedures and criteria on each of the six areas requiring action under the Act.
The Local Authority, being a key partner together with the Police in dealing with antisocial behaviour, is required to ensure the development of co-ordinated responses to incidents concerning antisocial behaviour throughout the Western Isles.
The local authority will provide support and assistance to local residents who are victims of harassment, anti-social behaviour and noise and nuisances and where necessary take appropriate actions in conjunction with other agencies (police etc.).
The Western Isles Archaeology Service maintains the Western Isles Sites and Monuments Record, and provides archaeological advice and information both within and outwith Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. The service may also provide talks and other public events upon request. An introduction to the archaeology and history of the islands is available on line at Archaeology Hebrides. The Sites and Monuments Record is also available on-line.
A charge may be made for provision of advice to commercial developers or grant applicants.
Many different types of archaeological excavation and survey are carried out in the islands each year. University departments, commercial archaeological units and community groups are all very active in recording our archaeological remains throughout the islands.
The Western Isles Archaeology Service is run by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and is based at Achmore Old School. The Archaeologist has responsibility for the care of archaeological sites and monuments throughout the Western Isles.
CnES work in partnership with a wide variety of national, regional and local organisations to provide opportunities for participation in high quality, accessible, creative activities. The CnES Arts and Culture webspages provide information and advice on Arts and Cultural development in the Western Isles, local arts organisations, exhibitions, events and funding opportunities.