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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

2014 (Jan - Jun) Press Releases

Tuesday 22nd April

Western Isles Psychological Services – example of best practice

Western Isles Psychological services have been used as an example of best practice in the Annual Report to Parliament by Scottish Ministers on the progress of implementing the ASL (Additional Support for Learning) Act. ..

Comhairle Welcomes Additional Funding for MG Alba

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed the additional £2.1m for MG Alba announced by the Scottish Government during the cabinet visit to Stornoway last week...

Thursday 17th April

Press Release On Behalf Of Pairc Trust: Pairc Estate Community Ballot

Ballot papers have been issued to all eligible electors within the Pairc Estate area...

Tuesday 15th April

Comhairle Meetings In Benbecula

For the first time since 2002, formal meetings of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are taking place in Benbecula next week...

Leader Welcomes Scottish Cabinet

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed the First Minister’s commitment to working with island communities to boost the local economy using the natural, cultural and economic assets of the islands and has suggested that the Our Islands Our Future initiative, which seeks greater powers for island areas, is the best way to do that...

HM Inspectors Join Comprehensive self-evaluation of Comhairle’s Education and Children’s Services

In a post evaluation report, HM Inspectors have stated that they are “confident that the overall quality of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Education and Children’s Services self-evaluation is accurate and robust.” Senior managers, elected members and education staff are said to have “demonstrated a clear commitment to improving education services through self-evaluation.”...

Youth Employment Scotland (Yes) Fund – Phase 2

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...

Monday 14th April

Comhairle Calls for an ETV based in the West of Scotland

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is again pursuing the case for an Emergency Towing Vessel (ETV) to be based in the West of Scotland, after Norwegian-owned MV Wilson Gdynia lost steering in a force eight gale at the weekend...

Western Isles Poverty Action Group to Host Poverty Awareness Day

With ten percent of children in the Western Isles living in poverty, and recent studies suggesting that 70% of homes in the islands are struggling with fuel poverty, then even if you are managing to make ends meet, the chances are that you know someone who isn’t; but help is available...

Monday 7th April

Our Islands Our Future: Westminster talks this week

Council Leaders from Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles are holding high level discussions with the UK Government this week on the Our Islands Our Future campaign...

Friday 4th April

Building Skills Grant 2014/15

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has once again been able to allocate funding during financial year 2014/15 to support Apprenticeship training within the construction industry in the Western Isles...

Thursday 3rd April

Masters Level Learning: Future Leaders In Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar Schools

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has been awarded a grant of £64,000 from Scottish Government. The award supports teachers who wish to undertake a Masters-level qualification in Education...

Wednesday 2nd April

Statement on Schools

All Western Isles schools have had condition surveys undertaken during 2012/13...

Castle Grounds Regeneration Project: Saturday 19th April, Woodlands Centre - Castle Grounds

Come and find out more about the Castle Grounds Regeneration project. Drop in anytime between 10.30am to 4.30pm. Find Out More, Guided Walks, Take Part!...

Tuesday 1st April

Transport Chair Welcomes Return of Isle of Lewis But Calls For Suitable Contingency Vessel

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Chair of Transportation has welcomed the news that the Isle of Lewis ferry has been repaired but has again appealed to Cal-mac to have an appropriate back up vessel for contingency situations...

Friday 28th March

Lews Castle Meeting Between OHTIA and Project Board

The Lews Castle Project Board, local business representatives and members of the OHTIA met today with Natural Retreats, the preferred bidder for the Castle project...

Thursday 27th March

Western Isles Development Trust – Reminder to Apply Before 31st March

The Western Isles Development Trust (WIDT) is seeking ordinary members from across the islands to join the charitable trust...

Harris Tweed Workshop

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar held a one day workshop entitled ‘Grow your business with the Harris Tweed brand’ in Stornoway Town Hall on Tuesday 25th March. The workshop was delivered by Janice Kirkpatrick, Director of Graven Images in Glasgow...

Tuesday 25th March

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to Participate in World Earth Hour 2014

For the sixth year running, the Comhairle will participate in World Earth Hour...

Crofter Building Grant Scheme Needs to be Increased and Promoted

Councillor Donald Crichton, Vice Chairman of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's Sustainable Development Committee, has called on the Scottish Government to increase and promote the Crofter Building Grant Scheme in light of statistics that show the grant is under used and that a high number of applications are rejected... 

Way Ahead for New School in North Uist

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Chair of Education and Children’s Services has welcomed news that the Scottish Government does not intend to call in the decisions to close Paible, Carinish and Lochmaddy schools as the Comhairle has fulfilled its obligations under the 2010 Act...

Press Release - North Harris Trust Community Ballot (Postal Voters – Reminder To Return Postal Ballot Papers)

Voters in the North Harris Estate area are reminded that the deadline for returning Ballot Papers is 4.00pm on Thursday 27 March 2014...

Tuesday 18th March

Comhairle Welcomes Consultation by the OFT

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed a consultation by the OFT on proposals to improve competition in the supply of petrol and diesel to filling stations in the Western Isles...

Monday 17th March

Queen’s Baton Relay

e Queen’s Baton will be arriving in the Western Isles on Monday 7th July, and will make its way north from Castlebay with Community Events also taking place in Daliburgh, Benbecula, Tarbert and Lionel with the Evening Celebration Event in Stornoway on Tuesday 8th...

Statement re Traffic Warden Service

The Convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Norman A Macdonald said: “I was surprised and disappointed to learn that the SNP group on the Comhairle was claiming credit for the temporary continuation of the traffic warden service...

Tuesday 11th March

Traffic Warden Services Restored

Traffic warden services for the Western Isles have been restored. The move follows lobbying of Police Scotland by the Comhairle and MSPs...

Monday 10th March

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...

Heads of European parliament offices in the UK and Edinburgh to meet with Outer Hebrides voters

On Thursday 22 May 2014, voters go to the polls to elect six Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) for Scotland...

Friday 7th March

Western Isles Development Trust

The Western Isles Development Trust (WIDT) is seeking  ordinary members from across the islands to join the charitable trust...

Chair of Sustainable Development calls for Caledonian MacBrayne to improve services

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Chair of Sustainable Development has joined calls for Caledonian MacBrayne to improve services on the Stornoway-Ullapool ferry route...

Wednesday 5th March

Traffic Warden Provision

CNES is raising the matter of traffic warden provision with the Chief Constable following a decision by Police Scotland not to support the temporary arrangement for funding as previously agreed...

Commonwealth Flag Raising Event

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will be helping to make history on Monday 10th March in a new celebration of Commonwealth Day...

The Western Isles Island Games Association wishes to appoint Team Managers for the Natwest Island Games 2015

The newly appointed Executive of the Western Isles Island Games Association (WIIGA) is wishing to appoint Team Managers to select and prepare athletes for the 2015 NatWest Island Games in Jersey...

Monday 3rd March

First Eat Safe Awards in Outer Hebrides

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

Press Release - Upcoming ‘Harris Tweed ®’ Workshop ‘Grow your business with the Harris Tweed brand’

As demand for Harris Tweed ®’ continues, a one day interactive workshop has been developed exclusively for businesses and individuals working with Harris Tweed ®’ fabric. This is funded by the European Social Fund, Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the Harris Tweed Industry...

Thursday 27th February

Statement regarding Pony

In the interests of animal welfare, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar today took possession of a pony from the Back area of Lewis...

Highlands and Islands concerns over the loss of Inverness Fire Control Room

The Police and Fire Services Highlands and Islands Chairs Network is adding its voice to calls to retain the Fire Control Room in Inverness...

Frequency of sailings on the Stornoway to Ullapool route

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is to put the issue of the frequency of sailings on the Stornoway to Ullapool route onto the agenda of the next meeting of the Ferry Users’ Group on the 11th March in Stornoway...

Tuesday 25th February

Momentum Gathers for Western Isles Interconnector

Commenting on the Energy summit meeting held in Stornoway yesterday and the Steering Group meeting held this morning, the Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has said that momentum is now developing...

Carloway Estate Residents in favour of Community Buyout

The results of the Carloway Estate Community Ballot were as follows: 254 votes for and 86 votes against...

BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winners

The Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has congratulated the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winners, The Mischa Macpherson Trio, consisting of Mischa, Conal McDonagh on pipes and whistles and Innes White on guitar...

Fuel Poverty Concern

Cllr Norman MacLeod, the Chairman of the Comhairle’s Local Housing Strategy Working Group, has expressed concern at new draft figures showing the scale of the Fuel Poverty in the Outer Hebrides...

Monday 24th February

Game On for Scotland’s Island Authorities : Education programme tour of Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles

Glasgow 2014 mascot Clyde will spend this week (23-28 Feb) touring Scotland’s island local authorities, visiting schools and spreading excitement about the upcoming Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games...

Thursday 20th February

Cold Callers

Following releases on the 10th of January and 10th of February warning of potential cold callers offering assistance in applying for the Government’s Green Deal Scheme, Trading Standards at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have been advised that the company concerned have now ceased trading...

Carloway Estate Community Buyout : Postal Voters – Reminder To Return Postal Ballot Papers

Voters in the Carloway Estate area are reminded that the deadline for returning Ballot Papers is 4.00pm on Monday 24 February 2014...

Wednesday 19th February

Lewis and Harris Best Island In Europe

Lewis and Harris has been named as the best island in Europe by Trip advisor. The international travel site compiled the list based on opinions of travellers who had visited the islands...

Tuesday 18th February

Comhairle Sets Budget

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has set a budget of £110m for the forthcoming financial year. A provisional budget was agreed last year when savings over a two year period were agreed...

Thursday 13th February

Western Isles Schools Well Represented In Filmg Shortlist

The Education and Children’s Services Department of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are delighted to announce that the four main secondary schools in the Western Isles; The Nicolson Institute, Sir E. Scott School, Lionacleit School and Castlebay Community School have been shortlisted in FilmG, MG ALBA’s Gaelic Short Film Competition...

Wednesday 12th February

Carloway Estate Community Buyout Ballot

Ballot Papers for Postal Voters within the Carloway Estate area will be arriving over the next few days...

Monday 10th February

Trading Standards Strongly Emphasize Need for Caution

Having issued a release 2 weeks ago regarding Cold Callers offering assistance in applying for the Government’s Green Deal Scheme, Trading Standards at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are now strongly emphasizing caution after a number of people in the Western Isles have fallen victim to the scheme...

Friday 7th February

Cold Callers

Trading Standards Officers at the Comhairle are asking members of the public to be on their guard after being made aware of door to door traders selling generators and power tools in the Western Isles...

Wednesday 5th February

New Chair For Sustainable Development

Cllr. Alasdair Macleod is the new Chair of Sustainable Development on Comhaile nan EIlean Siar...

Buses Back On Track

Comhairle nan EIlean Siar has put in place arrangements for restoring the bus services for Scalpay that were withdrawn last week...

Friday 31st January

Two bus services in Harris have been temporarily withdrawn.

Two bus services in Harris have been temporarily withdrawn. The Comhairle is looking at making alternative arrangements...

Thursday 30th January

Agencies On Weather Alert

The multi-agency Emergency Planning Group for the Western Isles, WIEPCG, met today to discuss the severe weather forecast for the Islands on Friday 31st January and Saturday 1st February...

16 & 17 year olds to vote on Carloway Estate Buyout

At the public consultation meeting regarding the possible buyout of Carloway Estate, held in Breasclete Community Centre on Wednesday 29th January 2014, it was unanimously agreed to extend the voting age for the forthcoming ballot to include 16 and 17 year olds...

Wednesday 29th January

Cllr. Archie Campbell Steps Down as Chair of the Sustainable Development Committee

The Leader and the Convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have paid tribute to the work of Cllr. Archie Campbell who has stepped down as Chair of the Sustainable Development Committee...

Friday 24th January

Lews Castle Grounds Regeneration - Volunteering Opportunity

Following a successful grant application to the Heritage Lottery Fund under the Parks for People programme, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and the Stornoway Trust are developing detailed plans for restoring and improving the Lews Castle Grounds. Volunteering is an important part of the project...

Wednesday 22nd January

NOTICE OF ELECTION

A Ballot is to be held of all Electors within the Carloway Estate area where electors will be asked whether they would be in favour of Carloway Estate Trust (Urras Oigreachd Chàrlabhaigh) buying the Carloway Estate, including the sporting and mineral rights, from the current landowner...

Training Opportunities within the Harris Tweed Industry  

As demand for Harris Tweed continues, a new training programme has been developed to ensure traditional skills are maintained within the industry.  The training opportunities, focused on the sustainable growth of the industry, are funded by the European Social Fund, Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the Harris Tweed Industry...

Monday 13th January

Donald S. Murray Event at Stornoway Library

Western Isles Libraries welcomes author, poet, journalist, playwright and teacher, Donald S. Murray for an evening of readings, anecdotes and chat on Wednesday 22 January 2014, at 7pm...

Friday 10th January

Cold Callers

Consumers are being warned to be cautious if they receive phone calls from companies offering assistance in applying for the Government’s Green Deal Scheme...

Community Council Elections

The Comhairle is seeking nominations for election to the Community Councils listed below. Any person whose name appears on the Electoral Register...

Our Island Our Future - Consultation Meetings

The Comhairle is holding a series of Consultation Meetings throughout the Western Isles next week, starting on Tuesday 14th January...

Thursday 9th January

Youth Employment Scotland (Yes) Fund

An update to the YES fund eligibility rules has recently been made.  Now, all jobs created on or before 31 March 2014 will be eligible to receive the full subsidy cost of 50% of the National Minimum Wage for up to 26 weeks from Scottish Government, if the young person remains in the job...


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Nigel Scott
Communications Officer
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

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