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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

2015 (Jul - Dec) Press Releases

Thursday 3rd September

Campaign Against MPAs

The joint Comhairle Fisheries Industry Group met earlier today to launch a campaign opposing the imposition of Scottish Government marine designation proposals...

Wednesday 2nd September

Statement Re. Perceval Square

The Comhairle has not told the Gourmet Street Food operation that they should vacate Perceval Square. That is incorrect....

Tuesday 1st September

Warning On Mattress Scam

Trading Standards are warning residents that the Western Isles may be targeted by rogue traders selling mattresses from the backs of vans...

Monday 31st August

COMMUNITY COUNCIL ELECTION 2015

Nominations are being sought for each of the Community Councils in the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Local Government Area...

COMHAIRLE NAN EILEAN SIAR BY ELECTION - AN TAOBH SIAR AGUS NIS

Prospective candidates are reminded that completed nomination forms must be lodged with the Returning Officer, Election Office, Council Offices, Sandwick Road, Stornoway by no later than 4.00pm on Friday 4 September 2015...

Merchant Navy Day

On Merchant Navy Day, 3 September, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will fly the Red Ensign at its headquarters on Sandwick Road to raise awareness of the UK’s ongoing dependence on Merchant Navy seafarers...

Thursday 27th August

Blue - Green Algae

Recent samples taken at Loch Chill Donnain, Kildonan, South Uist have indicated the presence of blue-green algae. Further samples taken at East Loch Ollay, South Uist still indicate the presence of blue-green algae, first reported on 15 July. As a precautionary measure, notices have been posted next to both lochs, warning that contact with the algal scum should be avoided...

Wednesday 26th August

National Lottery Award

‘The Nicolson Institute Music Trust’ recently secured funding from the National Lottery to set up an exciting and innovative Drumming programme - ‘The Big Noise Project’.  The goal of the project is twofold: firstly the establishment of a Drum Corps capable of playing to competition standard with both The Nicolson Institute Pipe Band and Concert Band and, secondly, the development of a community partnership with ‘The Lewis Pipe Band’...

Monday 24th August

An Taobh Siar agus Nis By Election

A By Election to elect a Councillor for the An Taobh Siar agus Nis Ward is being held...

COMMUNITY COUNCIL ELECTION 2015

Elections to each of the Community Councils in the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar local government area will be held on Thursday 1 October 2015...

Friday 21st August

Unlicensed Doorstep Sellers Operating in the Area

Trading Standards at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have again warned consumers that unlicensed doorstep sellers are operating throughout the Western Isles. ..

Building Skills Grant

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

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 Seaforth, East Loch Tarbert and Loch Stockinish in Harris on 06 August 2015 have returned to safe levels...

Unlicensed Sellers operating in the area

Unlicensed sellers are operating on the Isle of Lewis and particularly in the Stornoway area...

Thursday 20th August

Epilepsy Scotland Press Release: Stornoway Hosts Free Epilepsy Information and Awareness Training Events

To get the facts about epilepsy, head over to the Tesco store in Ferry Road, Stornoway on Wednesday 26 August from 2-4pm.  Epilepsy Scotland’s highly trained staff will be there to answer questions and give away useful factsheets at this information event which is free to the public...

Epilepsy Scotland Press Release: Tarbert Hosts Free Epilepsy Information Event

To get the facts about epilepsy, head over to the Isle of Harris Community Centre in Pier Road on Thursday 27 August from 10-11am.  Epilepsy Scotland’s highly trained staff will be there to answer questions and give away useful factsheets at this information event which is free to the public...

Tuesday 18th August

Comhairle Seeks Views on Revised Supplementary Guidance for Wind Energy Development

The Comhairle has launched a consultation on revised Supplementary Guidance for Wind Energy Development...

Friday 14th August

Consultation on the Scheme of Establishment for Community Councils

Anyone wishing to respond to the consultation on the Scheme of Establishment for Community Councils has until Monday 17 August 2015 to submit their comments...

Eat Safe Awards

The Eat Safe Award is granted by the Environmental Health Service of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in conjunction with Food Standards Scotland. The award is available to all establishments selling food directly to consumers...

Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar Consultation on the Proposed Adult Social Care Contribution Policy For Non Residential Services

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is embarking on a consultation process on the impact of the proposed Contribution policy for non-residential care services...

Friday 7th August

Blue-Green Algae

A bloom at Loch Branahuie, discharging onto Melbost Beach is potentially toxic.  As a precautionary measure, notices have been posted next to the loch and the beach...

Thursday 6th August

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 and  Loch Stockinish in Harris...

Wednesday 5th August

Increased Percentage Passes At All Levels in Eilean Siar SQA Examination Results

2015 Eilean Siar SQA examination results indicate that A-C percentage passes at all levels have increased. The number of presentations across the authority in 2015 has declined...

Tuesday 4th August

Tribute to Councillor Iain Morrison

Members and Officers of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar today attended the funeral of former Councillor, Iain Morrison, who passed away aged 60 on Friday 31st July. Iain was elected to the Comhairle in 1999...

Tuesday 28th July

Consultation on Corporate Strategy Extended

The deadline for the consultation on the Corporate Strategy has been extended to 31 August 2015...

Concerns Over Marine Designations

Following recent announcements from the Scottish Government regarding the management of inshore Special Areas of Conservation and Marine Protected Areas, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar along with the Western Isles Fisherman’s Association and other representatives of the fisheries industry have formed a joint working group with the aim of opposing the imposition of these designation...

Monday 27th July

Update on Barvas Estate Buyout

USOBCC has secured capital funding of £715,000 for purchasing the selected Barvas Estate assets plus paying for necessary mapping and legal costs...

DOORSTEP SCAMS

Trading Standards at CNES regularly receive complaints from consumers who are cold called by unscrupulous traders offering their services...

Friday 24th July

High Levels of Shellfish Toxin in East Loch Roag in Lewis

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

Thursday 23rd July

Comhairle to write to OFGEM

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is to write to OFGEM to seek clarity on reduced SSE tariffs which appear to no longer be available...

Mail Scams

Targeting victims with bogus lottery winnings, get rich quick and advance fee schemes, clairvoyants, investment,  home working  and pyramid selling schemes.  Sometimes scammers will send catalogues selling cheaper goods for expensive prices however they will claim that a purchase will entitle you to a monetary  prize. Scammers know how to “dazzle” minds, where the victim will become enthused and direct their attention on the prize not on the fact that they are sending money or sending bank account details to someone they don’t know...

Wednesday 22nd July

BLUE-GREEN ALGAE

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

GALLAN HEAD COMMUNITY BALLOT - REMINDER TO RETURN POSTAL BALLOT PAPERS

Eligible voters in the Aird, Uig area are reminded that the deadline for returning postal ballot papers for the Gallan Head Community Ballot is 4.00pm on Tuesday 28 July 2015...

Steering Group

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution (SHEPD) have formed a steering group committed to exploring the available options around the current network restrictions in the Outer Hebrides, and investigating possible solutions which may accommodate additional renewable energy generation...

Monday 20th July

Tribute To Former Councillor

The Convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has paid tribute to former Councillor for the Scalpay, Bays, and Harris East, Electoral Wards, Donald MacDonald, who passed away on Sunday 19th July aged 68. Donald was elected to the Comhairle in 1990 serving until 2007...

PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICE CONSULTATION MOVES INTO TOP GEAR

Following on from community events and a questionnaire which was sent to every household, the consultation process over what public transport services should be provided in Uist and Barra is set to move into top gear...

Wednesday 15th July

BLUE-GREEN ALGAE - East Loch Ollay, South Uist

Recent samples taken at East Loch Ollay, South Uist 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...

Tuesday 14th July

Online Scams

July is scams awareness month. Trading Standards Departments and Citizens Advice Bureaus throughout the UK will be highlighting some of the scams in current circulation, and will be giving Consumers advice on how to deal with them...

Monday 6th July

Leader Sets Out Electricity Company Progress

The Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has responded to a press release from Cllr Gordon Murray on securing a community electricity company for the Western Isles and has outlined what has previously been agreed and what progress has been made...

Chair of Sustainable Development Writes to Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs over Marine Designations

Cllr Alasdair MacLeod, Chair of Sustainable Development Committee at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, has written to the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs to convey the Comhairle’s continued opposition to marine designations in and around the Outer Hebrides...

Don’t blow 30 Years of Savings in 30 Seconds!

As part of Scams awareness month Trading Standards and Citizens Advice Bureaus are highlighting current scam activity. Trading standards are aware of several new scams which are devised to take advantage of the changes to the pension rules...

Friday 3rd July

High Levels of Shellfish Toxin

Monitoring work undertaken on behalf of Food Standards Scotland has identified raised levels of shellfish toxins in West Loch Roag - Miavaig and Eilean Tenish, West Loch Roag - Linngeam, Torranish and Drovinish and East Loch Roag, all in Lewis...

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Convener Congratulates Team Western Isles on Most Successful Island Games Ever

The Convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Cllr. Norman A MacDonald, has paid tribute to the athletes representing Team Western Isles at the Natwest World Island games in Jersey...

Thursday 2nd July

Algal Bloom Loch Nan Ritheanan, Keose

There is an Algal Bloom in Loch Nan Ritheanan, Keose in North Lochs. Swallowing the water or algal scum can cause stomach upsets or more serious health effects. Contact with the water or algal scum can cause skin problems. It is a sensible precaution for you, your children and your animals to avoid contact with the scum and the water close to it. For further information, contact the Environmental Health Team of Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar. Tel No. 01851 822694...

Wednesday 1st July

Consul General of Japan to visit Western Isles

The Consul General of Japan, Mr. Hajime Kitaoka, will be visiting the Western Isles next week (7th and 8th July) researching smaller-scale renewable energy and particularly wind and wave energy projects...

Sustainable Energy Action Plan workshops

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, in conjunction with Lews Castle College UHI, recently hosted a series of training workshops on the theme of sustainable energy action planning. Three workshops were held and participated in by Comhairle staff, representatives of Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partners, and those involved in community and third sector organisations...

Scam Awareness Month 2015

July is scam awareness month, during which Trading Standards departments and Citizens Advice Bureaus (CABs) throughout the UK will be highlighting current scam activity and giving advice to consumers on how to tackle them...


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Nigel Scott
Communications Officer
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Tel: 01851 822622 (Work)
Tel: 07884 236103 (Mobile)
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