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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

2015 (Jan - Jun) Press Releases

Tuesday 3rd March

Chair of Western Isles Poverty Action Group Responds to SSE Statement

Following a statement that Electricity network operator, SSE, is backing a major charity committed to eradicating fuel poverty through a donation of £40,000, Angus McCormack, Chair of the Western Isles Poverty Action Group has responded...

Commonwealth Flag Raising Event - 2015

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will be joining with more than 730 Commonwealth Flag Events in locations throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories, and Commonwealth countries on Monday 9 March – Commonwealth Day 2015...

Upcoming Play Areas Community Workshops

Community Groups, and anyone wishing to contribute to discussions about the future sustainability of play areas in their locality, are invited to attend a Play Areas Community Workshop...

Monday 2nd March

Comhairle to continue the case for West Coast based ETV

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is to continue the case, along with colleagues in neighbouring councils, for an Emergency Towing Vessel (ETV) to be based in the West of Scotland...

Public Urged to Respond to Consultation on Flood Risk

A public consultation on the most comprehensive assessment of flood risk and its impacts ever complied in Scotland has been launched by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and the local authorities...

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Honoured at National GO Awards 2015/16

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has been honoured alongside the UK procurement community’s finest at the National Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2015/16...

ELECTION OF COUNCILLOR - BEINN NA FOGHLA AGUS UIBHIST A TUATH

Following the close of nominations two candidates have come forward to stand for the by-election on Thursday 26 March.  They are: Roslyn Margaret MacPherson, Scottish National Party (SNP) and Andrew Walker, Independent...

Tuesday 24th February

LEWS CASTLE MUSEUM & ARCHIVE UPDATE

The Lewis Castle Phase 2 contract, being undertaken by Graham Construction, includes the new Museum and Archive building, creation of a new glass roofed courtyard café area with adjacent toilet facilities, full restoration of the public rooms on the ground floor of the castle and external landscaping works including a new visitor car park...

Monday 23rd February

Election of Councillor ( Beinn na Foghla agus Uibhist a Tuath Ward )

Polling will take place between the hours of 7am and 10pm on Thursday 26 March 2015 for the election of a Councillor for the Beinn na Foghla agus Uibhist a’ Tuath electoral ward...

Closing Date for Electricity Supply Survey

Tighean Innse Gall and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar recently sent out a postal survey on electricity usage to all households in the Outer Hebrides. Both organisations are now encouraging people to return their completed survey before the closing date of Friday 27th February...

Deadline for Nominations - Election of Councillor for the Beinn na Foghla agus Uibhist a Tuath Ward

A reminder that the deadline for nominations is 4pm today, Monday 23rd February 2015...

Friday 20th February

SSE Must Do More

Power giant SSE must do more to reduce the 2p per unit surcharge being paid by electricity consumers in the Highlands and islands...

Thursday 19th February

Comhairle Calls for West Coast based ETV

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is again pursuing the case for an Emergency Towing Vessel (ETV) to be based in the West of Scotland, after a large cargo ship that ran aground near Ardnamurchan Point in the west Highlands earlier this week...

Deadline for Nominations - Election of Councillor for the Beinn na Foghla agus Uibhist a Tuath Ward

A reminder that the deadline for nominations is 4pm on Monday 23rd February 2015...

Wednesday 18th February

Delegation from the H&I to meet with SSE

A delegation from the Highlands and Islands is meeting with representative power company SSE tomorrow at the firm’s Headquarters in Perth...

Tuesday 17th February

Comhairle gives go ahead for new Ardseileach Care Development

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has given the go ahead for the new £5.9m Ardseileach Care Development which will meet the care and support needs of adults with learning disabilities and complex care needs...

Monday 16th February

New ‘Work-based’ Pathway Opportunities for School Pupils – Engineering and Health & Social Care Foundation Apprenticeships

Young people in CnES schools now have the opportunity to choose new SQA-accredited courses designed to meet skills, competence and academic requirements of the Engineering and Health & Social Care sectors...

Friday 13th February

Election of Councillor - An Beinn na Foghla agus Uibhist a Tuath

A By Election is to be held for the return of a Councillor for the Beinn na Foghla agus Uibhist a Tuath Ward of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar...

Thursday 12th February

Western Isles Schools Well Represented In Filmg Shortlist

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are delighted to announce that The Nicolson Institute, Lionacleit School and Castlebay Community School have been shortlisted in FilmG, MG ALBA’s Gaelic Short Film Competition...

COMHAIRLE SETS BUDGET

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has set its budget for the financial year 2015/16 with a revenue figure for the year of £111m...

Deadline for Barvas Estate Area Ballot

A final reminder that Ballot papers must be in no later than 4pm today, Thursday 12 February 2015, to be included in the Count...

Tuesday 10th February

Deadline for Barvas Estate Area Ballot

A reminder that the Postal Ballot Papers must be received by no later than 4pm on Thursday 12 February 2015 to be included in the Count...

Notice of Uncontested Election

The following candidate was validly nominated for the electoral ward mentioned below and, as the number of candidates nominated for election to the An Taobh...

Monday 9th February

Revised Comhairle Meeting Time

PLEASE NOTE: The Comhairle meeting on Wednesday 11th February 2015 will begin at 5pm and not at 7pm, as previously advertised...

Friday 6th February

Gaelic School Status for 6 Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Schools

6 Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Schools have decided to proceed with Gaelic Schools Status in 2014/15. These schools are: Bernera, Breasclete, Castlebay, Iochdar, Leverhulme Memorial and Sgoil an Taobh Siar...

Wednesday 4th February

Ballot of the Barvas Estate Area

Postal Ballot Packs have been issued to all eligible electors within the Barvas Estate Area. The Ballot is being run on behalf of Urras Sgire Oigreach Barabhas by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Election Team...

Tuesday 3rd February

New Environment and Protective Services Chair

Cllr Norman M Macleod is Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s new Chair of the Environment and Protective Services Committee. ..

Energy Survey

With households in the Outer Hebrides experiencing the highest levels of fuel poverty in the UK, supporting consumers to reduce their energy costs is a key strand of the approach local agencies are taking to tackling fuel poverty...

Monday 2nd February

Comhairle Presented Copy of Newly Published Book on WW1

At a meeting of the Gaelic Language Implementation Committee today, the Convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar was presented with a copy of Going Down of the Sun, a book which covers the effect of WW1 on villages between Ballantrushal and Skigersta in north Lewis...

Thursday 29th January

Vice-Chair of Sustainable Development Welcomes Announcement on Regional Air Connectivity Fund

Cllr Donald Crichton, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Vice-Chair of Sustainable Development, has welcomed the announcement of “start-up aid” through the Regional Air Connectivity Fund...

Wednesday 28th January

Comhairle By Election

A By Election is to be held for the return of a Councillor for the An Taobh Siar agus Nis ward of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar...

Comhairle welcomes anouncement on Regional Air Connectivity Fund

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar welcomes the recent announcement by the Department for Transport for “start-up aid” through the Regional Air Connectivity Fund...

Tuesday 27th January

Ferry Meeting Hears Concerns

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar raised a range of concerns at today’s meeting of the Hebrides Ferry Users Group including the impact the closure of the Ullapool Linkspan would have on the communities and the tourism industry within the Outer Hebrides...

Friday 23rd January

Braighe Closure Update

Bràighe – School Transport Police Scotland will review the situation regarding the Bràighe at 10am, and if it is deemed safe to open, the school transport run will take place thereafter between 10-10:30am....

Tuesday 20th January

Cllr Archie Campbell Steps Down as Councillor

The Leader and the Convener of Comhairle nan EiIean Siar have paid tribute to the work of Mr Archie Campbell who is stepping down as a Councillor with effect from 12 February 2015...

Chair of Transportation Stresses Need for Adequate Timetables

Following on from last week’s taskforce group meeting with Transport Scotland, Cllr John Mackay, Chair of Transportation and Infrastructure at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, has stressed the need for adequate timetables...

Wednesday 14th January

Western Isles Residents Should Beware Of Doorstep Sellers

Trading Standards Officers and police are warning consumers of doorstep sellers operating in the area claiming to have been instructed by the Comhairle to assist with emergency repairs....

Tuesday 13th January

Plans to offer cheaper electricity tariffs for Outer Hebrides customers

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has appointed consultants MAR (Scotland) Ltd to provide business planning support for the establishment of an Outer Hebrides Energy Supply Company...

Comhairle's Harris offices to re-open

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Harris offices will re-open to the public tomorrow after repairs to the roof, damaged in the recent storm, were completed...

Monday 12th January

Update on Weather Disruption

All schools and nurseries in the Western Isles are expected to open as normal tomorrow, Tuesday 13th January, with the exception of Paible School which will be closed due to problems with the heating system...

CNES Harris Offices Closed

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has closed its Harris offices this afternoon due to storm damage to the roof. It is hoped that repairs will be completed later this week. In the meantime employees in Tarbert will be working at either Sir E Scott School or Harris House. An update will be issued once the offices re-open...

Comhairle Emphasises Need for Full Consultation on Ferries’ Issues

Responding to an announcement from Calmac regarding a delay in the start date for the linkspan closure at Ullapool Harbour, Cllr John Mackay, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Chair of Transportation and Infrastructure, said, “We welcome the formation of the taskforce by the Minister of Transport and look forward to supporting him with the successful implementation of the Stornoway to Ullapool improvement works....

Friday 9th January

WIEPCG PRESS RELEASE

Update on Continued Weather Disruption and Power Outages...

Thursday 8th January

Severe Weather - Disruption to Services

The multi-agency Emergency Planning Group for the Western Isles, WIEPCG, met today at 12pm to discuss the severe weather forecast for the Islands on Thursday 8th January and Friday 9th January. High winds are expected with gusts of up to 100mph. An amber warning has been issued...

Wednesday 7th January

Crofter Housing Consultation Launched

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Vice-Chair of Sustainable Development has welcomed a consultation on the Scottish Government’s Croft House Grant Scheme (CHGS) but says its recommendations fall short of expectations...

Tuesday 6th January

New Post For Director

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Director of Education and Children's Services, Mr Peter Carpenter, is taking up a new post as a Director of Education in Abu Dhabi...

Monday 5th January

Child Protection Committee Report

The recommendations arising from an internal review commissioned by the Western Isles Child Protection Committee of the role of agencies in the life of Liam Aitchison have today been published on the Western Isles Child Protection Committee website...


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Nigel Scott
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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

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