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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

2008 Press Releases

23 December 2008

Comhairle Appoints Iain Macaulay As Social and Community Services Director

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has appointed Mr. Iain Macaulay to the post of Director of Social and Community Services...

22 December 2008

Support For Salmon Summit

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is backing calls for a ‘Salmon Summit’ to discuss the issues facing the salmon industry in the Outer Hebrides. In particular, ...

Capital Works For 2009

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will tender over £6m of construction projects between now and next August. This is in addition to the £12m of capital projects already scheduled....

18 December 2008

Employee Survey Shows High Satisfaction Rating

67% of employees are satisfied with their job at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.áIt is seen as a good place to work and compares well on many aspects to employees in...

17 December 2008

Comhairle Appoints Development Director

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar today appointed Mr Calum Iain Maciver to the post of Director of Development. He will take up his appointment...

12 December 2008

Comhairle and Banks In Economy Talks

Representatives of the four main islands banks and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have met to discuss the local economic situation and the challenges facing...

12 December 2008

School Christmas Cards Add to Christmas Cheer

Christmas cards are adding to the festive atmosphere on the streets of Stornoway this year thanks to a...

05 December 2008

Comhairle Leader Named Best Politician In Green Energy Awards

The Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Cllr Angus Campbell, has been named Best Politician in the...

03 December 2008

Community Planning Partners Congratulations For Barra

The Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partnership today offered congratulations to Barra on being named 'Village of the Year' in the...

03 December 2008

Community Planning Partners Set Out Plans To Assist Local Economy

A meeting of the Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partnership today agreed to support a raft of proposals to assist the area at a time of severe...

02 December 2008

Corporate Seminar Western Isles Council 16th December 2008

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is launching an initiative to bring together Elected Members, Community Planning Partners and representatives of organisations involved in Child Care to a seminar to discuss...

01 December 2008

Plea To Scottish Government Over Outer Hebrides Economy

The difficulties of the economy of the Outer Hebrides have been highlighted in a joint letter from HIE and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to the Minister for...

25 November 2008

Comhairle Leads Way On Harris Tweed Investment Fund

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar today expressed its commitment to supporting a Harris Tweed Investment Fund in order to sustain weavers and ensure the retention of a viable weaving workforce...

24 November 2008

FINAL OF BT SCOTLAND GAELIC SCHOOLS DEBATE

The final of this year’s debating competition was held at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh between teams from the Nicolson Institute and Sgoil Lionacleit...

18 November 2008

Sign Up For Black Pudding

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has stepped up efforts in the campaign to have Stornoway Black Pudding granted Protected Geographical Status by...

Email Scam

Trading Standards Officers are warning the public to beware of an email claiming to offer...

17 November 2008

Another close shave for Cllr Donald John Macsween

Cllr Donald John Macsween has had a few close scrapes in his time but this evening he comes clean on...

11 November 2008

Benefits Campaign Secures Over Half a Million

Over half a million pounds in benefits have been secured for residents in the Western Isles as a result of the Claim It! benefits campaign by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and the Pensions Service...

Leader Of The Comhairle Nominated For Green Award

The Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Cllr Angus Campbell, has been nominated as ‘Best Politician’ in the Scottish Green Energy Awards...

07 November 2008

Headteacher Appointed At Castlebay

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has appointed Mrs Annag Maclean as Headteacher of Castlebay Community School in Barra...

31 October 2008

Comhairle Confirms New Leadership Structure

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has unanimously agreed to change the roles and responsibilities in its leadership structure...

29 October 2008

Bluetongue Vaccination In Scotland

The Scottish Government is implementing a vaccination campaign against bluetongue virus for all susceptible animals in Scotland. To allow this, Scotland will be declared a ‘Protection Zone’ on...

28 October 2008

Harris Tweed Liaison Group

A meeting of the Harris Tweed Industry Liaison Group was held today (28th October), as representatives from the public and private sector gathered together to discuss...

Largest Ever Survey of Comhairle Employees

Employees at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have a unique opportunity to give their views on working for the Comhairle in the largest staff survey ever undertaken by...

The Outer Hebrides Community Safety Partnership - Bonfire Night Advice and Information

As Bonfire Night approaches The Outer Hebrides Community Safety Partnership is urging the public to enjoy bonfire night safely and to help prevent...

Comhairle Moves Ahead With New Schools Project

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will make significant progress on the Western Isles School Project (WISP) this week as it agrees a site for the new...

27 October 2008

WESTERN ISLES NATIVE WOODLAND RESTORATION SURVEY REPORT PUBLISHED

The publication of the Western Isles Native Woodland Restoration Survey Report is a major milestone for native woodland regeneration and enhancement in the Western Isles. The report was formally launched by Councillor Archie Campbell, chairman of the Comhairle’s Sustainable Development Committee and Andrew Thin...

22 October 2008

Budget Setting Process

The Vice-Convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Cllr Angus Campbell, has confirmed that, as part of the budget setting process, there will be an assumption of Council Tax being frozen. The Vice-Convener has also confirmed...

09 October 2008

Outer Hebrides Community Cultural Network

Almost 100 delegates will gather in South Uist at the end of October for a two day event to discuss access to culture and cultural planning in...

Ferry Consultation When Appropriate

In response to recent claims by Storas Uibhist regarding the introduction of a dedicated ferry service on the Lochboisdale to Mallaig route, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's Chairman of Transportation, Cllr Donald Manford, said...

29 September 2008

Banking Phone Scam

Trading Standards Officers are warning consumers to be aware of a cold calling scam which is currently operating in the Western Isles...

24 September 2008

Devastating Blow To Western Isles Economy

Responding to an announcement from Lighthouse Caledonia about the future of their business in the Western Isles, The Vice-Convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar , Mr Angus Campbell, said...

23 September 2008

Industrial Action – Update

Comhairle Offices at Stornoway and Balivanich will be closed to the public on Wednesday 24th September 2008 due to...

£1.1 Million In Regeneration Grants For Community Groups

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have allocated £1.1 Million from their Capital Programme to a fund which supports eligible groups to develop...

Contaminated Land Works

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is now offering a range of services for Contaminated Land works. The Contaminated Land Team are able to; supply historical information and land use searches; and carry out sampling and monitoring on-site.  The team can also...

22 September 2008

CIVIC RECEPTION FOR 100th ANNIVERSARY OF THE TERRITORIAL ARMY, 51st HIGHLAND, 7th BATTALION

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are hosting a Civic Reception for the Territirial Army in the Town Hall, Stornoway, on Monday 22 September 2008.  Convener, Alex MacDonald, said...

19 September 2008

Welcome For Gaelic Channel

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has warmly welcomed tonight’s launch of BBC Alba, the new...

12 September 2008

A new website is to be launched on Thursday 11 September 2008 in the Council Chamber of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in Stornoway.  The website will provide...

11 September 2008

Launch Of BT Scotland National Schools Gaelic Debate Website

A new website is to be launched on Thursday 11 September 2008 in the Council Chamber of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in Stornoway.  The website will provide...

10 September 2008

Plea to MP to Work With Comhairle

The Vice-Convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has appealed to MP Angus Brendan MacNeil to stop making cheap soundbites and get on with representing...

4 September 2008

Consultation Meetings On Hold

Consultation meetings on a Mallaig-Lochboisdale-Barra ferry service have been suspended pending consideration by the Scottish Government on a private ferry proposal from...

2 September 2008

High Satisfaction With Home Care Service

94% of users of the Comhairle’s Home Care Service are extremely, very or quite satisfied with the help received from...

1 September 2008

Additional Canteen Facilities For Nicolson Institute

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is taking action to improve canteen facilities at The Nicolson Institute in a move which will provide dining facilities for...

Local Produce Pilot Scheme To Be Launched Next Week

A pilot scheme to supply the Comhairle canteen and selected schools in Lewis and Harris with locally grown fruit and vegetables and locally reared beef, lamb and pork is set to get underway...

Door to Door Traders Shown the Door

Trading Standards Officers at the Comhairle are thanking members of the public for their prompt action in reporting door to door salesmen...

27 August 2008

Priorities Agreement Signed

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and the Scottish Government have signed off the Comhairle’s Single Outcome Agreement, a list of local and national priorities which will...

25 August 2008

Community Renewable Energy Grants, £750,000 Available To Eligible Groups

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar recently allocated £750,000 from their Capital Programme to a fund which supports communities to develop community-based energy solutions for...

18 August 2008

Cromwell Street Repaving

Repaving work at Cromwell Street in Stornoway under the Townscape Heritage Initiative is expected to be completed over...

Industrial Action - Update

Comhairle Offices at Stornoway and Balivanich will be closed to the public on Wednesday 20th August 2008 due to...

12 August 2008

“Local Food For Local Consumption” Conference on 3rd September

Supported by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, a local food conference will take place on...

11 August 2008

National Gaelic Conference, Isle Of Lewis, 12 September 2008

Preparations are well under way for a National Gaelic Conference which will take place on...

25 July 2008

Sadness At Death Of Former Vice-Convener

The Convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Mr Alex MacDonald, has expressed deep sadness at the death of former Councillor and Vice-Convener of the Comhairle, Angus M Graham...

24 July 2008

Windfarm Agreement Signed

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar today signed an historic agreement with Beinn Mohr Power over a proposed 13 turbine windfarm at...

23 July 2008

Warning Over Satellite Warranty Scam

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Trading Standards Officers are advising consumers to be wary of cold callers who claim...

18 July 2008

Architectural Ironwork in Stornoway Casting Workshops

Museum nan Eilean is currently hosting the exhibition Architectural Ironwork in Stornoway from Historic Scotland.  This exhibition highlights...

14 July 2008

WARNING : Blue-Green Algal Blooms

There is a blue-green algal bloom at Loch na Creige Fraoich, North Lochs, Lewis...

11 July 2008

WARNING : Blue-Green Algal Blooms

There is potential for a bloom to occur in Loch Eirearaigh, Brù, Isle of Lewis...

10 July 2008

Comhairle Welcomes Appointment Of New Chair Of Mg Alba

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar welcomes the appointment of Alasdair Morrison, formerly MSP for the Western Isles, as the new Chairman of...

09 July 2008

Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar Education Seminar

Members attending the seminar on 8 July 2008 expressed support for the following course of action in connection with...

08 July 2008

Comhairle Concerns About Health Board Twinning Proposals

News that moves to twin mainland Health Authorities with the three island Health Boards are causing some concerns with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Members.   Vice Convener, Angus Campbell, said...

Harris Tweed Industry Liaison Group meeting

A meeting of the Harris Tweed Industry Liaison Group was held on 3rd July, as representatives from the three Harris Tweed...

Health Information - Hebridean Celtic Festival

With the repeated success of last year’s festival, NHS Western Isles, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, NCH and the Alcohol & Drug Action Team (ADAT)...

Castle Plans Discussed With Trump Director

Representatives of the Comhairle and Stornoway Trust met today with...

26 June 2008

Discontinuation of S1 S2 at Western Isles Schools On Hold

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has deferred implementation of decisions to close S1/S2 educational provision at...

23 June 2008

Buy With Confidence

Over 30 local businesses have joined Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's 'Buy With Confidence Scheme'...

Customer Feedback Sought For Ionad Spòrs Leòdhais

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has introduced a customer feedback system to gather the views of visitors...

18 June 2008

Post Office Network Change Programme - Final Decision

Following months of uncertainty, Post Office Ltd (POL) has finally announced that...

 

 


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Nigel Scott
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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

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