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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

2017 (Jul - Dec) Press Releases

Tuesday 19th September

Comhairle’s Chairman of Sustainable Development Writes to Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform

Cllr Donald Crichton, Chairman of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Sustainable Development Committee, has written to Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, to express concern with goose management in the Outer Hebrides....

Friday 15th September

Tribute To Former Chief Executive

The Convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has paid tribute to former Comhairle Chief Executive, Dr George Macleod, who passed away aged 74 on Friday 15th September 2017...

Tuesday 12th September

Trading Standards Warning

Trading Standards are advising local businesses to be aware of (phishing) e-mails from claims companies who are offering services to reduce the costs of business rates...

Monday 11th September

LOCAL PEOPLE URGED TO FIGHT NUISANCE CALLS

Western Isles Citizens Advice Service is today (11/09) launching a campaign to urge Western Isles residents to protect themselves and their loved ones from nuisance phone calls, and to fight back by reporting them...

Friday 8th September

High Levels of Shellfish Toxin

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

Thursday 7th September

Fossil Hunters Exhibition at Museum nan Eilean, Sgoil Lionacleit

The opening of ‘Fossil Hunters’ touring exhibition from National Museums Scotland will open at Museum nan Eilean, Sgoil Lionacleit, Benbecula on Friday October 20th.  It had been anticipated that the much acclaimed exhibition would open this week but, due to operational reasons, the opening date has been rescheduled until October....

Applications for Membership of the Children’s Panel Now Open!

Applications for membership of the Children’s Panel in the Western Isles are now open...

Tuesday 5th September

Erasmus + Programme

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Sgoil an Taobh Siar and Comunn na Gàidhlig have been involved in a minority languages (Gaelic; Occitan and Gaelige) Erasmus project with counterparts from France and Ireland, for the last three years and held their dissemination event on 30 August 2017 at Lews Castle College...

Monday 4th September

Positive Talks On Island Renewables

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has described a meeting with Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Industry & Energy, Richard Harrington MP and Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy at the Scottish Government, to discuss Island renewables as very positive. The talks focused around the delivery of the Conservative Party manifesto to support Island renewables...

Thursday 24th August

Trading Standards Warning

Trading Standards officers  at CNES are issuing advice to consumers regarding the current eco schemes for replacement boilers and wall insulation...

Tuesday 22nd August

Minister for Employability and Training Visits e-Sgoil

Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Employability and Training, Scottish Government, today visited e-Sgoil as part of a Developing the Outer Hebrides Young Workforce (DYW) Event....

Lochmaddy Linkspan Closure

The Lochmaddy linkspan will be temporarily closed from Monday 13th to Sunday 19th November 2017 inclusive to allow for necessary works to be carried out...

Thursday 17th August

Comhairle Welcomes Collaboration between Airlines

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has warmly welcomed the ongoing collaboration work between Flybe/Eastern Airways and Loganair following a meeting of the Outer Hebrides Airport Consultative Committee held at the Comhairle offices this morning...

Wednesday 16th August

Child Protection for Youth Groups in the Outer Hebrides

With the recent media coverage surrounding historic sexual abuse of children in youth football, groups in the Western Isles are being reminded of the need to have Child Protection policies and procedures in place....

Official opening of new satellite hub of e-Sgoil

The official opening of the new satellite hub of e-Sgoil took place today, Wednesday 16th August, at the old Carinish School building in North Uist....

Tuesday 15th August

Blue-Green Algae Bloom

Recent samples taken at Loch Braigh na h-Aoidhe (Braighe Loch) Isle of Lewis 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....

Monday 14th 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 East Loch Roag in Lewis on 13 July 2017 have returned to safe levels...

Tuesday 8th August

Eilean Siar 2017 SQA Results

2017 SQA data, released today, indicates that percentages in Eilean Siar achieving National 5 in S4 are higher than the national figure. 85.98% achieved National 5 in Eilean Siar, whereas the national pass rate was 79.5%...

Tuesday 1st August

OHCPP Welcomes Care Inspectorate Report

The Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partnership has welcomed a Care Inspectorate report which highlights good progress has been made on improving services for children and young people in the area...

Museum nan Eilean to Remain Closed to Public

Museum nan Eilean will remain closed to the public tomorrow, Wednesday (2nd August), due to the ongoing repair work to the fire alarm system...

Comhairle Welcomes CalMac Community Board

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed the establishment by CalMac Ferries Ltd of a Community Board and its more recent announcement confirming their recruitment of a Chair and Board Members...

Digital tour guide of Udal

Comann Eachdraidh Uibhist a Tuath (North Uist Historical Society) along with CMC Associates Ltd have developed a digital tour guide of the Udal peninsula in North Uist...

Monday 31st July

Museum nan Eilean Closed to Public

Museum nan Eilean will be closed to the public tomorrow (Tuesday 1 August) and possibly Wednesday, due to an issue with the fire alarm system...

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 Seilebost Sands in Harris on 17 July 2017 have returned to safe levels...

STORNOWAY FERRY TRAFFIC ISSUES BEING INVESTIGATED

Plans are being developed by the Stornoway Port Authority, CalMac and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to reduce congestion on Shell Street at the entrance to Stornoway ferry terminal...

Monday 24th July

Shellfish Toxin

Levels of Shellfish Toxin back to safe levels....

Friday 21st July

Tribute To Former Councillor Donald Maclean

The Convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has paid tribute to former Councillor Donald Maclean who has passed away at the age of 85....

Thursday 20th July

Blue-Green Algae

Recent samples taken at Loch a Bhaile, Shawbost Isle of Lewis have indicated the presence of blue-green algae....

Tuesday 18th July

Play Parks Consultation 2017

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is conducting a survey to gather views regarding the provision of play parks across the Western Isles. ...

Monday 17th July

High Levels of Shellfish Toxin

Monitoring work undertaken on behalf of Food Standards Scotland has identified raised levels of shellfish toxins in Seilebost Sands in Harris...

Friday 14th July

BLUE-GREEN ALGAE

Recent samples taken at Loch Ereray (Eirearaigh), Brue, Isle of Lewis 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...

Thursday 13th July

High Levels of Shellfish Toxin

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

Wednesday 12th July

New Islands Council Leaders Reaffirm Commitment to Islands Bill

The new Leaders of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Orkney Islands Council and Shetland Islands Council yesterday reaffirmed their commitment to the Islands Bill at a meeting of the Islands Strategic Group chaired by Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport and the Islands.....

Foster Carers

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are looking for Foster Carers for children and young people who are unable to remain in the care of their birth families....

WIIGA - Post-Games

The 2017 WIIGA Squad flew back to Stornoway following a successful and thoroughly enjoyable, and successful, week of high level international competition at the NatWest Island Games XVII Gotland 2017. They returned with a record haul of 10 Gold medals; 2 Silver medals; and 1 Bronze medal....

Monday 10th July

Young Local Fishing Skippers Recommended For Comhairle Loan

Seven young local fishing skippers and first-time vessel owners across the Outer Hebrides have been recommended for loans totalling over £300,000 from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Fisheries Investment Scheme (FIS).  All are aged below 40, with five being just 30 or under...

Thursday 6th July

Your Place Survey Results

The Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partnership has been consulting with communities throughout the Outer Hebrides during the spring looking at feedback to inform the priorities it will focus on trying to improve over the next few years...

Wednesday 5th July

Comhairle Welcomes £16.8m investment by UK MOD and QinetiQ

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed an announcement of a £16.8m investment by UK MOD and QinetiQ in two new BAE Systems tracking radars, to be installed on St Kilda, and the upgrade of two existing radars at MOD Hebrides....

Tuesday 4th July

Foot Passengers Require Ferry Booking

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar along with Caledonian MacBrayne, Police Scotland and the Stornoway Port Authority are encouraging travellers to make bus and ferry bookings well in advance of travel....

Comhairle calls for cross party support ahead of Westminster debate on island renewables

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has called for cross party support ahead of a Westminster debate on island renewables taking place on Tuesday 4 July...

Monday 3rd July

Franchise Opportunity for Ionad Spòrs Leòdhais Café Published

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has published the tender for the franchising of the vacant cafeteria space within Ionad Spòrs Leodhais.....

Friday 30th June

Tribute To Former Councillor

The Convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has paid tribute to former Councillor Iain MacKenzie who passed away aged 72 on Thursday 29th June....

Tuesday 29th June

Budget Board to begin Engagement with Western Isles Communities

The first meeting of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s newly-established Budget Board took place on Wednesday 28th June 2017....

Comhairle Leader Congratulates Team Western Isles on Successful Island Games

The Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Cllr. Roddie MacKay, has paid tribute to the athletes representing Team Western Isles at the Natwest World Island games in Gotland this week....

Comhairle’s 2017 Apprenticeship Programme - Deadline for Applications!

The deadline for applications for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s 2017 Apprenticeship Programme is 5pm on Monday 3rd July....

Tuesday 27th June

Outer Hebrides Leader 2014-2020 Programme - Applications Sought For October Deadline

The Outer Hebrides LEADER 2014-2020 Programme has supported a number of projects and the Local Action Group, who manage the funds, are seeking applications from businesses and community groups who would like to introduce and develop new and innovative ideas focussing around young people, crofting diversification, renewables and new activities for visitors and locals to enjoy and experience....

Monday 26th June

Developing the Young Workforce

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed the Scottish Government announcement of funding for the establishment of a ‘Developing the Young Workforce’ Group for the Outer Hebrides.....

Wednesday 21st June

Comhairle Community Capital Grant Fund - Community Funding Awards

Four awards were made to community groups in the Outer Hebrides following on from the Council Committee meetings recently.....

Wednesday 21st June

Understanding Our Community's Past – Urras Eaglais Na H-Aoidhe Wins National Lottery Support

Urras Eaglais na h-Aoidhe has received £5,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project 'Understanding Our Community's Past'....

Comhairle ‘Youth Champions’

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Policy and Resources Committee today recommended the appointment of two ‘Youth Champions’, Cllr Finlay Stewart covering Lewis and Harris and Cllr Paul Steele in Uist and Barra....

Our Islands Our Future

Members of the Comhairle’s Policy and Resources Committee will be asked to approve a refreshed Joint Position Statement for Our Islands Our Future at this morning’s meeting....

Tuesday 20th June

Corporate Strategy

Members of the Comhairle’s Policy and Resources Committee will be asked to start the process to develop a Corporate Strategy at tomorrow’s meeting....

Ongoing Preparations for the 100th Anniversary of the loss of the Iolaire

Members of the Comhairle’s Policy & Resources Committee will tomorrow be asked to note a report on preparations for the 100th Anniversary of the loss of the Iolaire....

Tuesday 20th June

Telecare

The Comhairle’s Audit and Scrutiny Committee will today, Tuesday 20th June, discuss a report regarding the arrangements for the operation and management of Telecare....

The Complaints Handling Procedure Annual Report 2016/17

At its meeting today, Tuesday 20th June, Members of the Comhairle’s Audit and Scrutiny Committee will be asked to approve the Comhairle’s Complaints Handling Procedure Annual Report 2016/17...

Monday 19th June

Community Engagement

At its meeting on 20th June 2017, Members of the Comhairle’s Audit and Scrutiny Committee will be asked to note a report on ‘Engagement and Consultation with Stakeholders’...

Oil and Gas Decommissioning

Future Oil and Gas Decommissioning could offer significant economic opportunities for the Outer Hebrides, the Comhairle’s Sustainable Development Committee heard last week...

High Levels of Shellfish Toxin

Monitoring work undertaken on behalf of Food Standards Scotland has identified raised levels of shellfish toxins in Loch Seaforth, East Loch Tarbert (Sound of Scalpay) and Loch Stockinish in Harris...

Armed Forces Day Flag Raising

The Armed Forces Day Flag Raising Event took place at Perceval Square, Stornoway, at 10am this morning...

Friday 16th June

Business Gateway

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Sustainable Development Committee this week agreed to approve proposals to enhance support for youth entrepreneurship across the Outer Hebrides over the coming two years...

Thursday 15th June

STORNOWAY TRUST AND COMHAIRLE TO PUBLISH TENDERS FOR CASTLE GROUNDS REGENERATION WORKS

The Stornoway Trust and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have reached an advanced stage in the preparation of tender documents for the capital works elements of the Castle Grounds Regeneration Project.

Comhairle’s 2017 Apprenticeship Programme Now Open!

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and partners today published the 2017 Apprenticeship Programme, with an extensive list of over 40 apprenticeships available from the Butt to Barra, across a wide range of sectors and departments...

Wednesday 14th June

Energy Secretary urged to implement the Conservative manifesto commitment and support the development of island renewable projects

Councillor Donald Crichton, Chair of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Sustainable Development Committee has urged UK Energy Secretary Greg Clark to implement the Conservative manifesto commitment and support the development of island renewable projects...

Defibrillators in all Western Isles Schools

All schools in the Outer Hebrides now have an outdoor defibrillator installed, Members of the Education, Sport and Children’s Services heard yesterday...

Chief Executive to Jointly Lead SPA Review

Malcolm Burr, Chief Executive of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, has been appointed by Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Michael Matheson, to jointly lead a review which will consider how the executive of Scottish Police Authority (SPA) can best support its Board to take informed, transparent decisions...

Slàinte Mhath Scheme

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Education, Sport and Children’s Services Committee yesterday agreed a proposal to offer free "Slàinte Mhath" memberships to groups supporting vulnerable or "At Risk" children across the Islands...

Tuesday 13th June

Hebridean Norsemen

A new exhibition in Museum nan Eilean, Benbecula, ‘Hebridean Norsemen’ explores the Norse period in the Outer Hebrides from the first arrival of the raiding Vikings to their settlement on the islands. ...

Monday 12th June

Extension to Pay and Display Car Parking in Stornoway Town Centre

Members of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will be asked to approve the standardisation of a two hour “no return” period across all Pay and Display car parks in Stornoway Town Centre...

Sustainable Development Committee

Members of the Comhairle's Sustainable Development Committee will hear details this week of £6.7m of funding which has been awarded to community groups over the past few years through the LEADER programme...

Slàinte Mhath Scheme

At a meeting of the Education, Sport and Children’s Services Committee on Tuesday 13th June, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Members will be asked to approve a proposal to offer free "Slàinte Mhath" memberships to groups supporting vulnerable or "At Risk" children...

Statement on Islands Bill

Commenting on the introduction of the Islands Bill at the Scottish Parliament today, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Leader, Cllr Roddie MacKay, said:...

Tuesday 7th June

Encouraging Young People To Vote

Cllr Charlie Nicolson, Vice-chair of Education, Sport and Children’s Services, is encouraging young people to go out and vote in tomorrow’s UK Parliamentary Election...

UK Parliamentary Elections - What Voters Need To Know

Malcolm Burr, Returning Officer for the Na h-Eileanan an Iar UK Parliamentary Constituency is reminding voters what they need to know to have their say on Polling Day:...

Tuesday 6th June

UK Parliamentary Elections Count - Social Media Coverage

The count for the UK Parliamentary Elections will take place in the Lewis Sports Centre from 10pm on Thursday 8th June 2017...

Thursday 1st June

Complaint Not Upheld

The Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland has not upheld a complaint against 7 councillors or former Councillors on Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in connection with a decision not to open Lewis Sports Centre on a Sunday...


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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

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