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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Press Release - 7th March 2014

Western Isles Development Trust

The Western Isles Development Trust (WIDT) is seeking  ordinary members from across the islands to join the charitable trust.
From the ordinary membership, 4 individuals, one each from Lewis, Harris, Uist and Barra, will subsequently be elected onto the Board.
Anyone wishing to join the WIDT should apply before 31st March 2014. Elections to the board will be held soon after.
The purpose of WIDT is to support the regeneration and development of the Outer Hebrides through disbursement of Community Benefit secured from local Renewable Energy installations.  This Community Benefit will come from a range of technologies, predominantly onshore wind, offshore wind, wave and tidal.  Over time, and as grid connectivity allows, WIDT will expand its activities to support community ownership of large scale Renewable Energy infrastructure with the objective of addressing Fuel Poverty through access to locally generated ‘green’ electricity.

To be eligible as an Ordinary Member applicants must be at least 16 years old and be on the electoral roll in the Western Isles.
Chair of the WIDT, Angus Campbell, said: “The WIDT is keen to increase ordinary membership and to get representation from across the Islands. There are and will be significant amounts of money to be dispersed and it is important that all communities have an input into allocation and disbursement of these monies.”
WIDT has some funding available to allocate in accordance with its aims and objectives and more is anticipated as the energy and renewables opportunities grow.
Anyone interested in applying to be an ordinary member should contact WIDT at  or write to The Community Planning Unit, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Sandwick Road, Stornoway . There is an annual fee of £5 for members.

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Nigel Scott
Communications Officer
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

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