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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

2016 (Jul - Dec) Press Releases

Tuesday 13th September

MARAC - Making the Outer Hebrides a Safer Place for Victims of Domestic Violence and Abuse…

The multi-agency partnership, the Outer Hebrides Domestic Abuse Forum has recently formally adopted and implemented MARAC (Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences) to help increase the safety, health and wellbeing of victims who are assessed to be at high risk of domestic abuse...

Friday 9th September

Transocean Winner - Public information sharing meeting – Tuesday 13th September

A public information sharing meeting to provide details of the final stages of the recovery of the Transocean Winner will take place at 7:30pm on Tuesday 13th September 2016 in The Nicolson Institute’s Assembly Hall. This meeting is open to anyone to attend. Hugh Shaw, the Secretary of State’s Representative (SOSREP) will chair the meeting and Transocean (Dave Walls), SMIT Salvage (Sylvia Tervoort), Offshore Heavy Transport  and Marine Scotland (Jim McKie) will be part of the panel...

Thursday 8th September

Mod Committee Seeking Stewards for Mòd nan Eilean Siar 2016

With the start date of Mòd nan Eilean Siar 2016 a mere five weeks away, the local organising committee has been searching for willing volunteers who will help with stewarding duties during Mod week. The new Convenor of the Halls and Stewarding Committee, Iain MacArthur, who hails from Carloway, is optimistic about the challenges facing him and his committee in the few weeks that lie ahead...

Wednesday 7th September

Comhairle Repeats Calls on Crown Estate

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has repeated calls for the Scottish Government to devolve The Crown Estate powers to local authorities, as set out in the recommendations of the Smith Commission...

Tuesday 6th September

Protected Status for Sports Playing Field at Bayhead, Stornoway

The sports playing field at Bayhead, Stornoway, is now protected, thanks to national charity Fields in Trust, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and The Stornoway Trust.  Protection with Fields in Trust provides a living legacy of outdoor recreational space across Scotland...

Friday 2nd September

Merchant Navy Day

On Merchant Navy Day, 3 September, the Red Ensign will be flown at Perceval Square in Stornoway to raise awareness of the UK’s ongoing dependence on Merchant Navy seafarers...

Wednesday 31st August

Mod Passengers Encouraged to Make Advanced Bookings for Inverness-Ullapool Coach Service and Island Ferries

The local committee for Mod nan Eilean Siar 2016 along with Caledonian MacBrayne, Police Scotland and the Stornoway Port Authority are encouraging Mod travellers to make bus and ferry bookings as soon as possible...

Thursday 25th August

SGOIL BHRÈASCLEIT A’ COMHARRACHADH 30 BLIADHNA ON A DH’FHOSGAIL A’ CHIAD AONAD GHÀIDHLIG ANNS NA H-EILEANAN AN IAR

Chomharraich Sgoil Bhrèascleit air taobh siar Eilean Leòdhais an-diugh gu bheil deich ar fhichead bliadhna on a thòisich foghlam tro mheadhan na Gàidhlig ann an sgoiltean nan Eilean Siar...

Comhairle Calls For Rig Repair Works

The Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Angus Campbell, is asking the owners of the oil rig that ran aground off Lewis, to retain the Transocean Winner in the Western Isles for the undertaking of repair works and general discussions on decommissioning work....

Wednesday 24th August

Transocean Winner Drilling Rig

The multi-agency Western Isles Emergency Planning Coordinating Group met at 2:30pm this afternoon to discuss the ongoing issues surrounding the semi-submersible drilling rig which was at Dalmore...

Monday 22nd August

Warning to Businesses - Holiday Accommodation Scams

Trading Standards are warning accommodation businesses about holiday scam enquiries/emails that are currently circulating local businesses...

Re-float Operation of Transocean Winner Drilling Rig at Dalmore

The multi-agency Western Isles Emergency Planning Coordinating Group met at 10am this morning to discuss the public safety plan for the re-float of the Transocean Winner rig in the run up to, and immediately after, the high water this evening...

Friday 19th August

WIEPCG Update

The multi-agency Western Isles Emergency Planning Coordinating Group last night hosted a public information meeting at the Carloway Community Centre regarding the ongoing issues surrounding the grounding of the semi-submersible drilling rig at Dalmore...

Cold Callers

There have been reports of a company up cold calling in the Stornoway area offering loft insulation.  A Spokesperson for Trading Standards said: “Trading Standards’ general advice to consumers is not to engage with cold callers.  Do not agree to any contract until you have had time to shop around and consider your options...

Tuesday 16th August

Public Information Sharing Meeting – Thursday 18th August

The Western Isles Emergency Planning Co-ordinating Group is hosting a public information sharing meeting at 8pm on Thursday 18th August 2016 at the Carloway Community Centre...

Monday 15th August

UPDATE: Grounding of Semi-submersible Drilling Rig on Isle of Lewis

The multi-agency Western Isles Emergency Planning Co-ordinating Group met this afternoon at 2:30pm to discuss the ongoing issues surrounding the grounding of the semi-submersible drilling rig at Dalmore. The public are being asked to stay away from the oil rig Transocean Winner whilst ongoing assessments are taking place...

Sgoil Uibhist a’ Tuath

The Comhairle is very pleased to announce that the first phase of the new Sgoil Uibhist a’ Tuath has been completed by the contractors, Robertson Group, on time, within budget and to the expected high standard...

Friday 12th August

UPDATE: Grounding of Semi-submersible Drilling Rig on Isle of Lewis

The multi-agency Western Isles Emergency Planning Co-ordinating Group met this afternoon at 2:30pm to discuss the ongoing issues surrounding the grounding of the semi-submersible drilling rig at Dalmore. The public are being asked to stay away from the oil rig Transocean Winner whilst ongoing assessments are taking place...

Wednesday 10th August

UPDATE: Grounding of Semi-Submersible Drilling Rig On Isle Of Lewis

The multi-agency Western Isles Emergency Planning Co-ordinating Group met this afternoon at 2pm to discuss the ongoing issues surrounding the grounding of the semi-submersible drilling rig at Dalmore. The public are being asked to stay away from the oil rig Transocean Winner whilst ongoing assessments are taking place...

Have Your Say On Island Air Services

Consultation events on inter island air services will be held in the Western Isles next week on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th August. The consultation events present the public with an opportunity to have their say on how these services are run...

Tuesday 9th August

UPDATE: Grounding of semi-submersible drilling rig on Isle of Lewis

The multi-agency Western Isles Emergency Planning Co-ordinating Group met this afternoon to discuss the ongoing issues surrounding the grounding of the semi-submersible drilling rig at Dalmore. The public are being asked to stay away from the oil rig Transocean Winner whilst ongoing assessments are taking place...

Comhairle Welcomes Consistently Strong Performance in 2016 SQA Examinations

Learners in Eilean Siar have performed consistently well in SQA examinations, according to the data released today...

Monday 8th August

Italian Ambassador to the UK to Visit the Western Isles

The Italian Ambassador to the UK will be welcomed by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Convener, Cllr Norman A. MacDonald and Chief Executive, Malcolm Burr, at a concert “A Musical Journey”, at An Lanntair, Stornoway this evening, 8th August at 7pm. Hosted by the Comhairle and the Italian Cultural Institute of Edinburgh, the concert will be performed by Italian duo Panè – Villani. The duo will take the audience on a musical journey through varied cultures and styles, sharing with the public their talent and passion for the universal language of music...

Wednesday 3rd August

Levels of Shellfish Toxin Back to Safe Levels

Monitoring work undertaken on behalf of Food Standards Scotland has identified that the high levels of shellfish toxins identified in Loch Leurbost in Lewis on 13 July 2016 have returned to safe levels...

Tuesday 2nd August

BLUE-GREEN ALGAE

Recent samples taken at Loch a Bhaile, Shawbost have indicated the presence of blue-green algae.  As a precautionary measure, notices have been posted next to the loch, warning that contact with the algal scum should be avoided...

New Public Bus Services for Barra and Vatersay

A new timetable will take effect from Thursday 18 August 2016 : Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have recently awarded the new public bus service contract to Hector MacNeil, Tangusdale, Barra following a procurement exercise involving the local community through a Participatory Budgeting process...

Tuesday 26th July

SSE Monopoly over THTC

Not content with surcharging the people of the Western Isles by 2p per unit of electricity used, it has come to light that SSE has a monopoly on Total Heating Total Control tariffs in the Highlands and Islands. This means that people on THTC are unable to switch to cheaper tariffs costing them hundreds of pounds each year...

Benbecula Jobcentre Plus Outreach Services moves to Balivanich Council Office in Uist

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and the Jobcentre Plus are working to improve services for customers following the placement of a Jobcentre outreach worker at the Balivanich Council Office in Uist...

Trading Standards Warning

Trading Standards Officers at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are aware of doorstep sellers currently on the Isle of Lewis who may be selling tools and electrical equipment...

Monday 25th July

ERASMUS+ Project

Sgoil an Taobh Siar and local partners Comunn na Gàidhlig and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar last month welcomed to the Isle of Lewis a party of five staff and forty-five Occitan-speaking children from the College Francois de Belleforest in Samatan in the mid-Pyrenees region of France...

Monday 18th July

Comhairle Seeks Meeting with new Secretary of State for Business and Energy

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is seeking an early meeting with the new Secretary of State for Business and Energy, Greg Clark MP...

Friday 15th July

First Syrian Families Resettle in Outer Hebrides

The first Syrian families to resettle in the Outer Hebrides under a UK Government funded scheme have arrived and are settling into their new accommodation in Stornoway...

Levels of Shellfish Toxin back to Safe Levels

Monitoring work undertaken on behalf of Food Standards Scotland has identified that the high levels of shellfish toxins identified in Loch Seaforth, East Loch Tarbert and Loch Stockinish in Harris on 17 June 2017 have returned to safe levels...

Thursday 14th July

High Levels of Shellfish Toxin

Monitoring work undertaken on behalf of Food Standards Scotland has identified raised levels of shellfish toxins in Loch Leurbost in Lewis...

Wednesday 13th July

Comhairle Welcomes Northern Isles ETV Contract But Calls For Second Vessel

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed the UK Government’s decision to extend the contract for one Emergency Towing Vessel (ETV) based in the Northern Isles but will continue to make the case, along with colleagues in neighbouring councils, for an ETV to be based in the West of Scotland...

Monday 11th July

Trading Standards Warning

Trading Standards Officers at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are aware of doorstep sellers currently on the Isle of Lewis who may be selling tools and electrical equipment...

LEWS CASTLE AND MUSEUM OPENS TO THE PUBLIC

Thursday 14th July will see the eagerly anticipated public opening of the new Museum nan Eilean and Archive at Lews Castle.  The £19 million partnership project, led by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, includes a range of heritage and hospitality facilities which are set to make it an essential family friendly destination...

Travellers Urged to Check-in Early

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in partnership with The Hebridean Celtic Festival, Caledonian MacBrayne, Police Scotland and the Stornoway Port Authority are encouraging travellers to check-in early for sailings to and from the Western Isles over the coming weeks...

Ardveenish Harbour Opening

Yesterday saw the culmination of a project which was initiated back in 2007 when a local group, the Northbay Port Users Association, identified the need for improved sheltered berthing in the Ardveenish area for a thriving local fishing fleet...

Friday 8th July

Levels of Shellfish Toxin back to safe levels

Monitoring work undertaken on behalf of the Food Standards Agency has identified that the high levels of shellfish toxins identified in Loch Erisort in Lewis on 22 June 2016 have returned to safe levels...

Tuesday 5th July

Trading Standards Warning

Trading Standards are warning residents that there is currently a PEOPLE’S POSTCODE LOTTERY scam letter circulating in the islands...

Safe Road Travel in the Outer Hebrides

To raise visitor awareness, the Outer Hebrides Community Safety Partnership in association with Police Scotland and Road Safety Scotland are jointly campaigning to advise overseas drivers and motorcyclists on the correct use of ‘Single Track Roads’  to ‘Drive on the Left’ at all times and to be especially mindful of the vulnerability of pedestrians and cyclists...

Passengers Encouraged to Book Ullapool-Inverness Coach Service in Advance

-  Agreement between Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Scottish Citylink and HITRANS to deliver extra vehicles as often as possible
-  Passengers still advised to book in advance

Monday 4th July

Levels of Shellfish Toxin back to safe levels

Monitoring work undertaken on behalf of Food Standards Scotland has identified that the high levels of shellfish toxins identified in Caolas Eiriosgaigh (Kyles of Eriskay) on 16 June 2016 have returned to safe levels...


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Nigel Scott
Communications Officer
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Tel: 01851 822622 (Work)
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