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2017 (Jan - Jun) Press Releases

Monday 29th March

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Elections 2017

A list of the nominations for the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Election 2017 is available...

Monday 27th March

Crown Estate Consultation Ends on 29th March

With just two days to go of the Scottish Government consultation on the Crown Estate, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is reminding people to make their views known. The consultation ends on 29th March...

Friday 24th March

The Returning Officer, Mr Malcolm Burr, is reminding prospective candidates wishing to stand for the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar local government election that the deadline for submitting nomination forms is 4.00pm on Wednesday 29 March 2017...

Tuesday 21st March

Local Community Invited To New Dual Fuel Ferry Meeting

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) will host a series of public meetings to update communities on the design and build of the new dual fuel vessel for the Skye Triangle route and to discuss harbour infrastructure at Uig, Tarbert (Harris) and Lochmaddy....

Tell us about your area and help to shape services

How are the services in your area? Do you think you need more targeted bus services, more flexible GP access or better access to the natural environment? Or would you like to tell us what we do, and should keep doing, well?...

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to participate in World Earth Hour 2017

For the eight year running, the Comhairle will participate in World Earth Hour. Last year more than 10 million people in the UK, 172 countries and 7,000 towns and cities, took part in the world’s largest participation event....

Wednesday 15th March

Crofting Commission Election Count - Social Media Coverage

The count for the Crofting Commission Elections will take place in the Stornoway Town Hall from 10am on Friday 17th March 2017....

Gaelic Student Placement Scheme 2017

In co-conjunction with Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are offering an opportunity to students with Gaelic skills to be employed for ten weeks during summer 2017 in the Western Isles with organisations which use Gaelic in the workplace every day....

Monday 13th March

Crofting Commission Elections - 13 March 2017

Postal voting packs for the four contested constituencies in the Crofting Commission Elections must be returned to The Returning Officer, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Stornoway by 4.00pm on Thursday 16 March 2017....

Notice of Election - Election of Councillors

Councillors are to be elected for each of the 9 wards of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. The number of Councillors to be elected for each ward is as follows:...

Thursday 9th March

Iolaire Commemoration

The Iolaire Working Group met today, Thursday 9 March 2017, to continue consideration of plans for commemorative events in the run up the 100th anniversary of the worst Royal Navy peacetime maritime disaster...

Western Isles Development Trust

The Western Isles Development Trust (“WIDT”) has agreed to work with the Lewis & Harris and Uist & Barra sports councils to distribute the £60,000 fund donated to the WIDT by Transocean...

Leader's Address to P & R

Cllr Angus Campbell, Chair of the Comhairle’s Policy and Resources Committee, has outlined some of the achievements of the Committee over the last five years....

Wednesday 8th March

Eilean Siar learners outperforming national counterparts according to new reports

Newly released data shows that learners in Eilean Siar are outperforming their national counterparts. The Scottish Government’s Initial Destinations of Senior Phase School Leavers....

Council Tax Bills

Council Tax bills issued by the Comhairle next week will see the first increases since 2007 following the reform of Council Tax bands by the Scottish Government and the decision of the Comhairle to raise an additional 3%....

First Modern Apprenticeships In Harris Tweed Weaving Awarded

Two island women have become the first to achieve Modern Apprenticeship accreditation as Harris Tweed weavers, a milestone for both the industry and the national Modern Apprentice programme which has never previously accredited an individual in self-employment....

Trading Standards Warning

Trading Standards Officers from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are aware of doorstep sellers currently in Uist who may be selling tools and machinery....

Tuesday 7th March

First Minister Visits Ardseileach

The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, has taken an opportunity to visit the new Ardseileach Centre in Stornoway, during her recent visit to Lewis....

Monday 6th March

Local Government Election 2017

Information Meetings for Prospective Candidates....

Formal Opening Of Lews Castle, Museum And Archive

Monday 6 March will see the official opening of the Lews Castle Museum and Archive project by the Right Honourable Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland. The opening will mark the completion of a flagship cultural and economic regeneration project led by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar....

Friday 3rd March

CROFTING COMMISSION ELECTION 2017

A number of replacement postal packs have been issued for the Crofting Commission Election. Due to an error by external printers, a number of the original postal packs issued had an incomplete address...

Trading Standards Warning

Trading Standards at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are advising consumers not to respond to a scam e-mail titled “RE:COUNCIL TAX REFUND – CONFIRMATION”....

PUBLIC MEETING – DEER MANAGEMENT

There will be a Public Meeting about deer management in Iochdar Hall at 7pm on Monday 6th March 2017...

Consultations Close Soon – Outer Hebrides Draft Local Housing Strategy and Proposed Local Development Plan

There is just one weeks left to get responses in to two linked consultations that the Comhairle is undertaking which look at the delivery of development and housing in the Outer Hebrides. Consultations on the Draft Local Housing Strategy (LHS) and Proposed Local Development Plan (LDP) are due to close on Friday 10th March...

Comhairle Welcomes Loganair Proposals

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed proposals from Loganair described at a meeting of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee this week....

Monday 27th February

Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to take part in Facebook Session on Crown Estate

Comhairle Leader, Cllr Angus Campbell, will host a Facebook question and answer session at 7pm on Tuesday 28th February on the Scottish Government’s Consultation on Crown Estate Proposals...

Apprenticeships are Changing

As part of the annual Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Scottish Apprenticeship Week, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is hosting a series of events to demonstrate how apprenticeships work for businesses, individuals and the economy...

‘Stornoway Library presents A Kind of Seeing’

PA free screening of archive films about Scotland and the Western Isles taking place at 7pm on Wednesday 1st March 2017 in Stornoway Library....

Crofting Commission Elections – March 2017 (Postal Voting)

Postal voting packs for the four contested constituencies in the Crofting Commission Elections have been issued to electors....

Thursday 23rd February

Youth Champions Encourage 16 and 17 year olds to have their say

Western Isles Youth Champions, Cllr Charlie Nicolson and Donnie Steele, are encouraging young voters who are eligible to vote in the upcoming Local Government Elections in May to make sure that they are registered on the Electoral Register by 17 April 2017....

Wednesday 22nd February

LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTION 2017

Information Meetings for Prospective Candidates....

Tuesday 21st February

Western Isles Schools Successful At FilmG Awards 2017

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is delighted to announce that pupils from The Nicolson Institute, Castlebay School and Sir E Scott have been successful at the 2017 FilmG awards....

Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to take part in Facebook Session on Crown Estate

Comhairle Leader, Cllr Angus Campbell, will host a Facebook question and answer session at 7pm on Tuesday 28th February on the Scottish Government’s Consultation on Crown Estate Proposals....

Thursday 16th February

Official Opening of Sgoil Uibhist a’ Tuath

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is very pleased to announce that the official opening of the new Sgoil Uibhist a’ Tuath...

Wednesday 15th February

SSE Scottish Hydro Electric - Heating Tariff Advice

SSE will be hosting advice sessions throughout various venues and locations throughout the Isles next week, in partnership with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Hebridean Housing Partnership, Citizens Advice and Tighean Innse Gall...

Tuesday 14th February

IJB Budget - Public Information Sessions

Over the next few weeks, the Chief Officer and the Chief Finance Officer of the Integration Joint Board will host a number of public information sessions, to highlight the proposed financial savings across health and social care services...

Public Information Meeting - Brexit: What Next For The Uk And Scotland?

In March 2017, the UK Government intends to give official notice of its intention to withdraw from the European Union...

Friday 10th February

4 Additional Syrian Families Settle In Outer Hebrides

On behalf of the Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partnership, Comhairle Leader Angus Campbell is pleased to inform the community that a further four Syrian refugee families have been housed in the Outer Hebrides. The families, consisting of 8 adults and 10 children, travelled to Stornoway last night and are currently settling into their new homes...

Worldwide Internet Safety Day

At 11am on Tuesday 7th February 2017, which was Worldwide Safer Internet Day, e-Sgoil connected to 21 classrooms across various schools in the Western Isles...

Thursday 9th February

The Future of Energy for the Islands

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Leader, Cllr Angus Campbell, met with senior energy spokespersons from the SNP, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties in London yesterday (8th February). The meetings supported the Comhairle's recent submission to the DBEIS (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) consultation around non-mainland wind...

Partnership Working For Children, Young People and Families

A partnership has been formed between Action for Children, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (CNES), Harmeny School and Western Isles Foyer to jointly redesign and deliver services for children, young people and their families...

Wednesday 8th February

Comhairle Sets 2017/18 Budget

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has set its budget for the next Financial Year, 2017/18, without making any further reductions to services or employee numbers...

Leader Programme Update – Spotlight On Projects Bulletin

The Outer Hebrides LEADER Local Action Group has approved grants to 12 local projects recently - summarised in the latest LEADER Bulletin ‘Spotlight on Projects’ - taking the total awarded from the 2014-2020 Programme to over £1 million....

Tuesday 7th February

How good is your community? What do you think about where you live?

With the people of the Outer Hebrides reporting the highest levels of happiness in the UK in a recent survey, you may think that living in the Outer Hebrides can’t get any better; or you may disagree....

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar supports Loganair’s Stance on APD

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Leader, Cllr Angus Campbell, has backed calls made by Loganair’s Managing Director, Jonathan Hinkles for the present tax exemption on flights from the Highlands and Islands to be reciprocated on departures from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen....

Friday 3rd February

Ferry Tendering

The European Commission has informed the Scottish Government of their view that an exemption to current state aid rules could now allow the direct award of ferry services contracts to a public sector operator....

Budget

Commenting on yesterday’s announcement that £160 million will be returned back to local government, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Leader, Cllr Angus Campbell, said:...

Request for Volunteers

The Outer Hebrides Resettlement Team is seeking more volunteers from the Lewis area to support re-settled families with a range of aspects of day-to-day life such as using public transport, going grocery shopping, going to the gym, attending appointments and participating in children’s activities....

Thursday 2nd February

Congestion in Stornoway Town Centre on Friday 3rd February

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Western Isles Police are seeking the support and cooperation of the public tomorrow afternoon, Friday 3rd February....

Christmas Hamper Raffle for Bethesda

Members and staff at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar recently held a Christmas Hamper Raffle in aid of Bethesda Hospice, raising a total of £1023....

Budget and Council Tax Setting Papers

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is currently carrying out a survey as part of the Paths For All funded “Smarter Travel” initiative....

Tuesday 31st January

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Active and Sustainable Travel Survey

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Budget and Council Tax Setting Papers are now available on the Comhairle website...

Monday 30th January

Crofting Commission Elections 2017 - Statement of Persons Nominated

At the close of the Nomination period for the above election, there are more than one validly nominated candidates in the under mentioned Constituencies. Consequently an election will now take place in accordance with the Crofting Commission (Elections) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 as amended.

Friday 27th January

Nominations for Crofting Commission

Due to the large number of nominations which were received just before the deadline and the need to check, at a Scottish Government level, all the details against legislative requirements, names of the candidates for the Crofting Commission elections will not be released until Monday 30th January 2017.

Thursday 26th January

** Urgent Warning** Warning about Local Banking Phone Scam

Trading Standards Officers and the Police are warning consumers to be aware of a banking phone scam which is currently operating in the Western Isles....

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is reminding crofters that the deadline to stand as candidates in the upcoming Crofting Commission elections is today

Nomination forms and other documents relating to the election can be downloaded from www.cne-siar.gov.uk/electionoffice/croftingelection...

Wednesday 25th January

Consultation On A New Local Housing Strategy For The Outer Hebrides

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is developing a new Local Housing Strategy for the period 2017-2022 and wishes to gather as many views as possible on the priorities it should aim to address....

Tuesday 24th January

Doorstoppers Signage

CNES Trading standards Officers are reminding residents in the islands that they can print off Doorstoppers signage from the Doorstoppers Campaign page on the Comhairle’s website....

Monday 23rd January

Doorstep Sellers

Trading Standards are issuing a reminder to Lewis residents to say No to Doorstep sellers....

Daliburgh And Balivanich Primary Schools Awarded Gold Status By Sportscotland

Daliburgh & Balivanich Primary Schools have been recognised with a prestigious national award for innovation and achievement in delivering physical education and extra-curricular sport....

Thursday 19th January

Island Youngster to represent Scotland at Pan Celtic Cross Country

Local athlete, Connor Maclean,19, will become the first male islander ever to represent Scotland at junior cross country level when he participates at the Pan Celtic Cross Country event in Cardiff on Saturday 21st January 2017....

Wednesday 18th January

Western Isles Schools Well Represented At FilmG Awards 2017

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Education and Children’s Services Department is delighted to announce that pupils from The Nicolson Institute, Castlebay School, Sgoil Lionacleit and Sir E Scott have been shortlisted for the prestigious FilmG awards....

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar urges Crofters to make their voices heard

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is encouraging crofters to stand as candidates in the upcoming Crofting Commission elections....

Tuesday 17th January

Local Development Plan Consultation Underway

The Outer Hebrides Proposed Local Development Plan (LDP) has now been published and the wider community is invited to comment on it....

Monday 16th January

Consultation on Crown Estate Proposals

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is encouraging the public to respond to the Scottish Government’s consultation on Crown Estate proposals which ends on 29 March 2017....

Thursday 12th January

Western Isles Development Trust

The Western Isles Development Trust (WIDT) has agreed to work in partnership with Community Energy Scotland (CES) over a 2 year period to help community groups in the Western Isles improve energy efficiency and progress renewable energy schemes...

Monday 9th January

Comhairle Invests Capital Funding in Sporting Equipment

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has invested £340k of capital funding to install new gym equipment at all four centres throughout the Western Isles....

Thursday 5th January

Crofting Commission Elections 2017

An election is being held to elect Crofting Commissioners from the six crofting constituencies...


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Nigel Scott
Communications Officer
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Tel: 01851 822622 (Work)
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