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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

2014 (Jul - Dec) Press Releases

Thursday 23rd October

Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar honoured for excellence in procurement

Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar has been honoured alongside the Scottish procurement community’s finest at the Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Scotland 2014/15, held at the Glasgow Marriott Hotel on 21 October...

Wednesday 22nd October

Renewable Energy In The Outer Hebrides

Letters sent today from the Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Angus Campbell, to the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron and Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond on the issue of renewables development, or the lack of, in the Outer Hebrides...

Monday 20th October

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Backs Poverty Group on Electricity Charges Inquiry

The Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has backed calls for SSE to explain why consumers in the Highlands and Islands pay a higher tariff on electricity charges than consumers in the rest of Scotland...

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to Introduce Community Meals Service

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is to introduce a pre-prepared frozen meal service on a phased basis, beginning in Uist and Barra on 24 November 2014 and in Lewis and Harris from early 2015...

Thursday 16th October

Getting Ready for Winter, caring for vulnerable neighbours and relatives at this time of year

Over the coming winter months Comhairle nan Eilean Siar aims to provide a comprehensive Health and Social Care service; however the Comhairle would remind people that there may be extreme weather conditions, which could potentially result in Care staff being physically unable to travel to service users’ homes...

Wednesday 15th October

SSE IMPOSE 2P PER UNIT SURCHARGE ON ISLAND CUSTOMERS

Members of the Western Isles Poverty Action Group were astounded to learn today that SSE imposes a surcharge on island customers (indeed on all Highlands and Islands customers) of 2pence per unit compared to consumers elsewhere in Scotland...

Tuesday 14th October

Vice Chairman of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's Sustainable Development Committee Writes to  Environment Minister

Councillor Donald Crichton, Vice Chairman of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's Sustainable Development Committee has written to  Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse calling on him to undertake an immediate review of the requirement for crofters to officially register their crofts...

Traffic Lights at Laxdale Bridge

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are working to make the traffic lights at Laxdale Bridge more efficient...

Western Isles Residents Should Beware Of Doorstep Sellers

Trading Standards are warning Consumers to be wary when dealing with doorstep sellers offering tarmacking, household repairs, and the likes...

Kara joins the Scottish Swimming Gold Squad

Popular young Stornoway swimming star, Kara Hanlon, has been inducted into the Scottish Swimming Gold Squad. After posting Commonwealth Games qualifying times, but narrowly missing out on selection, Kara has been identified as a growing talent and honoured with a place in the Gold Squad...

Ionad Spors Leodhais Early Opening

CnES Sport and Health section are working with Swim Western Isles to develop talented swimmers at Ionad Spòrs Leòdhais, the Regional Sports facility for the Outer Hebrides. For a trial period of twelve months..

Thursday 9th October

Turbines Decision

The Comhairle has been informed that Scottish Ministers have taken a decision to refuse planning permission for two community wind turbines in North Uist, a wind turbine proposed for the Dark Island Hotel on Benbecula and two proposed for Bornish, South Uist...

Wednesday 8th October

Concerns over sea transfer of nuclear waste

Cllr Angus Campbell, Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, has repeated concerns over the sea transfer of nuclear waste following an incident where a ship carrying such a cargo lost power and was left drifting in the Moray Firth...

Monday 6th October

High Levels of Shellfish Toxin (06/10/2014)

Monitoring work undertaken on behalf of the Food Standards Agency has identified raised levels of shellfish toxins in Loch Stockinish, East Loch Tarbert and Loch Seaforth....

Friday 3rd October

Home Care Service Redesign Consultations - Stornoway and Broadbay Area

The Social and Community Services Department of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has started to consult with home care staff and service users in the Stornoway and Broadbay area on proposals to redesign the Home Care service...

Thursday 2nd October

Car Websites

Trading Standards are advising the public to exercise caution when buying cars and vehicles from the mainland using internet sites such as Gumtree. The department have received several complaints over the last couple of months where consumers have lost money to unscrupulous sellers...

Friday 26th September

High Levels of Shellfish Toxin (26/09/2014)

Monitoring work undertaken on behalf of the Food Standards Agency has identified raised levels of shellfish toxins in Seilebost and Northton Sands in Harris....

Wednesday 24th September

Call For Moratorium on Outer Hebrides Designations

The Sustainable Development Committee of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar today unanimously agreed to call for a ten year moratorium on the introduction of any new environmental designations in the Outer Hebrides...

Monday 22nd September

Official Opening - The Acres

The opening of the The Acres, purpose built temporary accommodation unit for homeless clients, took place this afternoon (Monday 22nd September) at 2pm. The building was opened by Cllr Angus Campbell, Comhairle Leader....

Scottish Rural Parliament comes to the Outer Hebrides

The first Scottish Rural Parliament is inviting people in the Outer Hebrides to take part in their discussions...

Wednesday 17th September

Scottish Independence Referendum - WHAT VOTERS NEED TO KNOW FOR THURSDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2014

The Counting Officer for the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar area, Malcolm Burr, is reminding voters what they need to know to have their say on Polling day...

Warning about Banking Phone Scam

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Trading Standards Service and Police Scotland are warning consumers to be aware of a nasty banking phone scam which is currently operating in the Western Isles...

BLUE-GREEN ALGAE (17/09/2014)

Recent samples taken at Loch Shibhaigh Mor, Loch East Ollay and Loch Kildonan, all in South Uist have indicated the presence of blue-green algae...

Thursday 11th September

Members Sought for Western Isles Development Trust

Are you interested in having your say on the development of renewable energy in the Western Isles?...

Over 4 Million People Register To Vote In Scottish Independence Referendum

A total of 4,285,323 people have registered to vote in the Scottish Independence Referendum on Thursday 18 September, making it the largest electorate ever in Scotland for an election or referendum...

Tuesday 9th September

Scottish Independence Referendum - WHAT VOTERS NEED TO KNOW FOR THURSDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2014

Counting Officer for the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar area, Malcolm Burr, is reminding voters what they need to know to have their say on Polling day...

Scottish Independence Referendum - POSTAL VOTING - FINAL ISSUE

All the (Final Issue)Postal Ballot Packs for Postal Voters for the Scottish Independence Referendum for the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar area have now been issued and will be arriving on door mats over the next few days...

Thursday 28th August

Scottish Independence Referendum - Registration, Postal Vote and Proxy Deadlines

Electors have until midnight on Tuesday 2 September 2014 to register to vote in the Scottish Independence Referendum...

Thursday 28th August

Scottish Independence Referendum - Postal Voting

The postal ballot packs for those who applied for a postal vote by 15 August 2014 for the Scottish Independence Referendum in the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Area will be arriving on doormats over the next few days...

Tuesday 26th August

Consultation on Room and School Bookings – Deadline Extended

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has extended a consultation on school lets and room bookings to Friday 26th September...

Wednesday 20th August

Smiling Happy People – Winners Announced in Photography Competition for New Museum

Six winning entries have been selected which will feature in displays at the new museum and archive beside Lews Castle in Stornoway.  Photographers of all ages from across the Outer Hebrides sent in entries to the competition which was looking for portraits of islanders at work, rest or play...

Wednesday 13th August

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 Erisort in Lewis on 30 July 2014 have returned to safe levels...

Scottish Independence Referendum - How To Have Your Say On 18th September 2014

The Scottish Independence Referendum will be held on 18 September 2014 when voters will be asked “Should Scotland be an independent country? Yes or No”. Malcolm Burr, Counting Officer for the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar area, is reminding voters of some simple steps to make sure that they can have their say in the Referendum...

Tuesday 12th August

Pedestrian Bridge Not Safe For Use

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar wishes to make the public aware that an engineer’s report has highlighted that the pedestrian bridge at Sponish, Lochmaddy is not safe for use...

Tuesday 5th August

Results Above National Average in 2014 Examinations

For the first time Western Isles schools presented the new national qualifications this year as part of Curriculum for Excellence. Results across the authority, including in the new qualifications, were above the national average...

Wednesday 31st July

Comhairle Joins Lights Out Event

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will be joining the National LIGHTS OUT events on Monday 4 August 2014 by turning all lights off (where practical) in various properties with single lights being placed in prominent positions as a mark of solemn reflection commemorating the outbreak of World  War 1...

Wednesday 30th July

High Levels of Shellfish Toxin (30/07/2014)

Monitoring work undertaken on behalf of the Food Standards Agency has identified raised levels of shellfish toxins in Loch Erisort in Lewis...

Wednesday 23rd July

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Welcomes Sportscotland Active Schools Funding

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, has welcomed the announcement from sportscotland of a further four-year investment into its successful Active Schools Network...

Monday 21st July

Levels of Shellfish Toxin Back to Safe Levels (21/07/2014)

Monitoring work undertaken on behalf of the Food Standards Agency has identified that the high levels of shellfish toxins identified in Loch Erisort – Gob Glas on 15 July 2014 have returned to safe levels...

Friday 18th July

Applications Deadline for Comhairle’s Building Skills Grant scheme

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...

Monday 14th July

Design Awards for the Outer Hebrides

The Comhairle recently recognised outstanding achievements in new building design and conservation at its second ever Design Awards event held last week at the Woodlands Centre on the Castle Grounds...

Thursday 10th July

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 West Loch Roag in Lewis on 26 June 2014 have returned to safe levels...

BLUE-GREEN ALGAE (10/07/2014)

Recent samples taken at Loch Sandavat, Leurbost and Loch Thota Bridein, Achmore have indicated the presence of blue-green algae. Swallowing the water or algal scum can cause stomach upsets or more serious health effects...

TSI Launches £1,000 Video Competition to Protect Citizens from Doorstep Crime

The Trading Standards Institute (TSI) is calling all amateur videographers, media students, filmmakers and directors to create a 90-second 'Good Neighbours Stop Rogue Traders' informational video...

Monday 7th July

Commonwealth Flags on Display in Stornoway

Three new flags have today been added to the collection of European flags on display near the harbour in Stornoway...

Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay - Western Isles

An additional leg to the Queen’s Baton Relay in the Western Isles has been added with a diversion to St Kilda by helicopter – if weather permits. This is with the support of Quinetiq and the MOD...

£1m Financial Gains for Cancer Patients in the Western Isles

The Comhairle is pleased to announce that service provided by a partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support has secured over £1m of financial gains to date...

Friday 4th July

European Community Development Programmes Seek Your Views

The Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partnership appointed Comhairle nan Eilean Siar as the local lead partner to develop the Outer Hebrides 2014-2020 LEADER and European Marine and Fisheries Fund...

Thursday 3rd July

High Levels of Shellfish Toxin - Loch Erisort in Lewis

Monitoring work undertaken on behalf of the Food Standards Agency has identified raised levels of shellfish toxins in Loch Erisort in Lewis...

Harris Tweed Authority Manufacture 2000 flags for Western Isles Commonwealth Baton Relay Events

The Harris Tweed Authority, in partnership with Harris Tweed Hebrides have worked with the local organisers of next week's Western Isles leg of the Commonwealth Games Queens Baton Relay to manufacturer 2000 flags to give away to children attending the Queens Baton Relay events up and down the island next week...

Wednesday 2nd July

Trading Standards Advise of New Law

Trading Standards at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are advising the public of a new law in relation to buying goods and services from home...

Tuesday 1st July

Comhairle Leader and Chair of Transportation Write to Transport Minister

Comhairle Leader, Cllr Angus Campbell and Chair of Transportation and Infrastructure, Cllr John Mackay, have written to Transport Minister, Keith Brown, to reiterate the significant and growing concerns regarding the anticipated shortfall in capacity following the introduction of the MV Loch Seaforth, and to call for a meeting of all relevant stakeholders...

Loom Maintenance Training

The Harris Tweed training programme was 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...


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Nigel Scott
Communications Officer
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

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