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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

2015 (Jan - Jun) Press Releases

Wednesday 27th May

Director of Education and Children’s Services

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has appointed Mr Bernard Chisholm to the post of Director of Education and Children’s Services...

Monday 25th May

Comhairle’s Homeless Service Moving to a new location

From Monday 1 June 2015, the Comhairle’s Homeless Services Team will be moving from their present location in Hebridean Housing Partnership’s offices at Creed Court, Willowglen Road, to join the rest of the Comhairle’s Housing Team in the Comhairle Offices on Sandwick Road...

Tuesday 19th May

Poverty Action Group Calls For Electricity Price Reduction   

The costs for SSE of supplying electricity in the Highlands and Islands have reduced due to a reduction in the distribution cost element within the bill but this has not been reflected in the prices paid by customers say the Western Isles Poverty Action Group...

Thursday 14th May

Bethesda funding boost for new care home beds

An extremely generous donation from an American benefactor, together with a one-off funding allocation from the Scottish Government to the local Health and Social Care Partnership, will result in nine new care home beds in Bethesda Care Home in Stornoway...

Tuesday 12th May

Comhairle’s Building Skills Grant Scheme

Employers in the construction industry in the Western Isles are reminded that limited funding for Modern Apprenticeship and added value training is available through the Comhairle’s Building Skills Grant scheme...

Monday 11th May

YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SCOTLAND (YES) FUND – EXTENDED END DATE

The Scottish Government has contracted with Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar to manage the delivery of the YES Fund for young employees in the public, private and voluntary sectors across the Outer Hebrides. This contract has now been extended to new starts up to and including 30 June 2015...

Community Capital Grants Awarded by Comhairle

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar announced that two projects totalling over £800,000 have been awarded £65,800 from the fourth-round of its Community Capital Grant Fund. Capital Grants were awarded to Urras Sgire Oighreachd Bharabhais Community Company and Comann Eachdraidh Nis...

Wednesday 6th May

Chief Officer Appointed for Health and Social Care

Dr Ron Culley has been appointed to the post of Chief Officer, Health and Social Care, Western Isles...

UK PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION – 7 MAY 2015 NA H-EILEANAN AN IAR

What voters need to know for 7 May 2015...

ESCO Survey Prize Winners

Tighean Innse Gall and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar recently surveyed all households in the Outer Hebrides as part of proposals to launch a local electricity supply company...

Monday 4th May

Comhairle To Progress Flood Risk Management Scheme For South Ford

Following recent decisions by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and the outcomes of a recent public meeting held in South Uist, progress is now being made in the delivery of the South Ford Flood Risk Management Scheme...

Pauline Champions Numeracy in the Western Isles

Primary teacher Pauline Macleod is the Western Isles’ Numeracy Hub Champion, in a new initiative to raise attainment in numeracy...

‘Go safe – road safe’ to help save kids’ lives

Scottish Road Safety Week aims to boost child road safety awareness. Saving children’s lives and making Scotland’s roads safer is the message at the heart of a week of activities starting on Monday (4 May)...

Western Isles Development Trust (WIDT) is open for business.

WIDT is a community based organisation, supported by income from local Renewable Energy schemes, with £400,000 of funding currently available for eligible projects...

Carloway Estate Buyout

The Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has congratulated the Carloway Estate Trust on the acquisition of the Carloway Estate...

Thursday 30th April

Europe Direct Information Centre Outer Hebrides to celebrate 65th Anniversary of Europe Day

Europe Day is held on the 9th May every year and celebrates peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the anniversary of the historical 'Schuman Declaration'...

Wednesday 29th April

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to take part in Gaelic Twitter Day 2015

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will be taking part in Gaelic Twitter Day 2015, tomorrow Thursday 30th April...

Tuesday 28th April

Comhairle Budget Strategy

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar agreed a budget strategy for 2016-18 at meetings last week...

Nepal

The Convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has expressed support for those suffering from the effects of the earthquake in Nepal...

Inter-connector

Representatives of Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission (SHE-T) recently met with members of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Energy Working Group. At the meeting SHE-T outlined their recent activity around the Outer Hebrides inter-connector and their forward plan for the roll-out...

Gaelic to the fore at UK Parliamentary Election: Na h-Eileanan an Iar

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will become the first local authority in the United Kingdom to run a bilingual twitter account, in Gaelic and English, at the 2015 UK parliamentary Election count...

UK Parliamentary Election – 7 May 2015 - Postal Voting

The second batch of postal voting packs for the Na h-Eileanan an Iar constituency were issued to electors on 27 April 2015...

Monday 27th April

South Ford Consultation Meeting

Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar is interested in hearing views from people about possible flood protection schemes appropriate for the South Ford...

Wednesday 22nd April

UK PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION – 7 MAY 2015 - POSTAL VOTING

A total of 4,158 postal voting packs for the Na h-Eileanan an Iar constituency have been issued to electors and will start arriving from today (Wednesday 22 April). The deadline for applying for a postal vote has now passed and the remaining postal packs (for those who applied after 8 April) will be issued by Monday 27 April...

Tuesday 21st April

2015 Roads Surface Dressing Programme

The Comhairles 2015 roads surface dressing programme is commencing on the 11th May with 2 weeks of work in the Barra and Uist area...

Thursday 17th April

Blar Buidhe Care Home

An investigation into the HC-One owned Blar Buidhe Care Home has now been completed...

Thursday 16th April

UK Parliamentary Election - Na h-Eileanan an Iar - Registration and Postal Vote Deadlines

Electors have until midnight on Monday 20 April 2015 to register to vote in the UK Parliamentary Election. Poll cards were issued to all registered electors in the Na h-Eileanan an Iar constituency earlier this month...

NHS Warning Over Phone Scam

Residents of the Western Isles are being warned to be on their guard, following reports of a phone scam...

Tuesday 14th April

DEVELOPMENT PLANNING : Outer Hebrides Local Development Plan - Call for Sites and Issues

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is inviting submissions of ideas for Planning Issues and Development Sites for the new Local Development Plan (LDP). The LDP sets out the Comhairle’s land-use strategy to encourage and guide future development in our area over the next 20 years...

CONSULTATION INTO A COUNTRYSIDE TRUST FOR THE OUTER HEBRIDES

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, in partnership with Scottish Natural Heritage, has commissioned a study into the potential for establishing a Countryside Trust in the Outer Hebrides.    The Trust could be formed as a vehicle for the management and maintenance of the Hebridean Way and could potentially support other outdoor access, marine, coastal, and biodiversity projects...

Comhairle Meetings On Web

Meetings of the Comhairle Committees can be listened to live on the internet...

Monday 13th April

Launch Of New Funding Stream

WESTERN ISLES DEVELOPMENT TRUST LIMITED (WIDT) is a community based organisation established to invest income from local Renewable Energy generation schemes in the wider island community.  While community or private landowners stand to benefit, in the first instance, from Community Benefit payments arising from Renewable Energy installations on their own land, WIDT exists to ensure that a proportion of that benefit is distributed across the wider Western Isles community, from the Butt to Barra...

Passengers Urged to Book Bus

Plans are in place to ensure continuity of ferry services during the essential replacement of the linkspan at Ullapool.  CalMac’s vehicle and freight services will operate between Stornoway and Uig between 20 April and 17 May.  The MV Loch Seaforth will continue to provide a twice daily service between Stornoway and Ullapool, carrying foot passengers only...

One week left to register to vote - don’t miss out!

With just one week to go before the 20 April registration deadline for the UK Parliamentary general election the Electoral Commission and Bill Gillies, Electoral Registration Officer is calling for anyone who isn’t yet registered to go online and do so at www.gov.uk/registertovote before it’s too late...

Tuesday 7th April

No Call-In For Lionel

Scottish Government Ministers have decided not to call in Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s proposals for discontinuing S1/S2 provision at Lionel School...

HIGHLAND & ISLAND CAMPAIGNERS CALL ON GENERAL ELECTION CANDIDATES TO SIGN UP TO AFFORDABLE WARMTH MANIFESTO

Highland and Island housing associations, local authorities, fuel poverty action groups, Citizens Advice Bureaux, and other groups have come together to support an Affordable Warmth Manifesto for the Highlands and Islands...

Thursday 2nd April

Uk Parliamentary Election

The UK Parliamentary Election will be held on 7 May 2015 to elect a Member of Parliament for the Na h-Eileanan an Iar Constituency.  Mr Malcolm Burr, Returning Officer, is reminding voters of some simple steps to make sure that they can have their say in the General Election...

Wednesday 1st April

New legislation governing display and pricing of tobacco products

Trading Standards are reminding businesses in the Western Isles that new legislation governing the display and pricing of tobacco products comes into force on the 6th of April 2015...

Success for Castlebay School and the Nicolson Institute at FilmG 2015

Castlebay Community School and the Nicolson Institute were successful at this year’s FilmG.  Castlebay school scooped two prizes.  Their film, An Gealladh Meallta, won the prize for top film in the youth category and their other entry, An Saighdear, got the top prize for best music video.  The Nicolson Institute won the prize for Gaelic for their entry, An t-am ri Teachd...

Tuesday 31st March

Joint Operation “Monarda” to tackle Doorstep Crime

Trading Standards at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will be carrying out joint visits in the Western Isles this week, along with Police Scotland, as part of Operation “Monarda” tackling doorstep crime and highlighting the need for consumers to be wary when dealing with doorstep sellers offering various services and products...

Friday 27th March

Beinn na Foghla agus Uibhist A Tuath By-election Results

The following is the result of the by-election, held on Thursday 26th March, for the electoral ward detailed above. Andrew Walker (Independent) – 437 votes...

Comhairle Welcomes Roll Out of RET (Road Equivelant Tariff)

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed the announcement made by Minister for Transport and Islands, Derek Mackay, yesterday, that Road Equivalent Tariff is be rolled out on inter-island ferry services...

Thursday 26th March

Trading Standards Reminder for local Businesses

Trading Standards Officers are reminding local businesses in the Western Isles not to fall foul of laws that govern contracts made away from business premises...

Beinn Na Foghla Agus Uibhist A Tuath By-Election Today

Electors within the Ward are reminded that the by election is taking place today and polls close at 10pm. Postal voters can still hand their packs in at any of the polling stations...

Wdnesday 25th March

Work to Commence on Ardseileach Care Development

Work will shortly commence on the £5.9m Ardseileach Care Development which will meet the care and support needs of adults with learning disabilities and complex care needs...

Business Survey - Outer Hebrides Energy Supply Company

Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar is working with various organisations including Hebridean Housing Partnership, Tighean Innse Gall, The Stornoway Trust, Community Energy Scotland and Lewis Castle College UHI, to create a local Energy Supply Company with the ability to supply electricity to all households and businesses of the Outer Hebrides...

Tuesday 24th March

Contract Awarded For Sgoil Uibhist a’ Tuath

Utilising the national Scape major works procurement framework, contractor Willmott Dixon Public and Commercial Limited in collaboration with the Robertson Construction Group has been awarded the £8.4m contract for the new Sgoil Uibhist a’ Tuath by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar...

Island Interests To The Fore

The interests of island areas will feature in UK legislation following agreement by the UK Government to the principle of ‘Island proofing’...

Call For Action On Electricity Prices

The Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed a UK Government consultation on equalising electricity prices but has called for action to be taken quickly to remove the 2p per unit surcharge that consumers in the north of Scotland face...

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to Participate in World Earth Hour 2015

For the sixth year running, the Comhairle will participate in World Earth Hour.  Last year more than 10 million people in the UK, 162 countries and 7,000 towns and cities, took part in the world’s largest participation event...

Monday 23rd March

Trading Standards - Doorstep Crime

Doorstep Crime can affect anyone, but it is frequently older and vulnerable people, who are often living on their own, who are specifically targeted by rogue traders and bogus workmen...

Thursday 19th March

Trading Standards warn the Public to Look out for VAT number scam letter

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Trading Standards team is warning local businesses about a scam that is currently doing the rounds...

Wednesday 18th March

Great Bernera Community Ballot - Reminder to Return Postal Ballot Papers

Voters in the Great Bernera Estate area are reminded that the deadline for returning postal ballot papers is 4.00pm on Thursday 19th March 2015...

Tuesday 17th March

Blar Buidhe

A multi-agency review into the HC One owned Blar Buidhe Care Home in the Outer Hebrides is underway following a number of concerns raised over the dietary programmes of residents...

The Outer Hebrides Leader And EMFF Programme Seek New Members!

Would you consider being involved in partnerships which will support the delivery of community and economic development throughout the Outer Hebrides? Do you have skills that can assist businesses and community groups to realise their goals and make their futures more sustainable?...

Tuesday 10th March

Beinn Na Foghla Agus Uibhist A Tuath By-Election

Registered electors within the Beinn na Foghla agus Uibhist A Tuath Ward have until 5.00pm on Wednesday 11 March 2015 to apply for a postal vote for the By-Election...

Crofters Urged to respond to Housing Grant Consultation

Councillor Donald Crichton has urged crofters and those with an interest in a sustainable future for crofting to respond to the consultation on the review of the Crofter Housing Grant Scheme before it closes on 31 March...

Monday 9th March

Disruption to Services

The Shawbost pool will be closed this evening due to the adverse weather forecast for the Western Isles this evening...Please note that services are subject to further disruption depending on weather conditions...

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Fly Commonwealth Flag to mark Commonwealth Day

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar today formally raised the Commonwealth Flag to celebrate Commonwealth Day...

Community In The Driving Seat To Shape Future Bus Transport Services

The community in Uist and Barra are to take a key role in shaping public bus transport services funded by the Comhairle. Consultation meetings scheduled to take place during the fortnight commencing 16 March will start the process of ascertaining what the priority for local bus transport services should be for the next 3-5 years...

Public Notice – Cancellation of Evening Bus Services

Due to the forecasted high wind speeds the following evening bus services have been cancelled...

Thursday 5th March

Stornoway Spaceport

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) have welcomed the inclusion of Stornoway Airport on a shortlist of potential sites for the UK’s first Spaceport and will work together to explore the opportunities arising from such a development...

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to Roll Out Community Meals Service

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is introducing the next phase of the pre-prepared frozen meal service in Lewis and Harris from April 2015...

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
Communications Officer
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

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