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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

2010 (Jan - Jun) Press Releases

30 June 2010

Warning to Consumers

Local Police and Trading Standards Officers have issued a warning to home owners in the Western Isles to be on their guard if they receive a visit from...

29 June 2010

Western Isles Renewables ‘Offer’

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is calling on OFGEM to support an immediate 900MW electricity grid connection to the Western Isles...

24 June 2010

Child Safety Week

As part of this years Child Safety Week 21st to the 26th June, Safetywise, the Multi Agency Accident Prevention group, will be holding several events in order to promote the child safety message in the Western Isles...

23 June 2010

Trading Standards Reminder Regarding Doorstep Traders

The Trading Standards Department at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are issuing a timely reminder to consumers in the Western Isles concerning Doorstep Traders...

22 June 2010

New funding package of £840,000 available to develop local businesses over the next 3 years

In this time of economic challenges Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's Business Gateway service are delighted to launch an £840,000 funding programme to support the development of small businesses across the Outer Hebrides...

21 June 2010

Comhairle Nan Eilean Presented With A Payroll Giving Bronze Award

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar who recently joined the national Geared for Giving Campaign (www.gearedforgiving.com) and re-launched its Workplace Giving scheme...

17 June 2010

Budget Strategy

The Comhairle has set out the next steps in its budget strategy for the coming years in a period when it is clear public expenditure is going to reduce...

15 June 2010

Education Secretary Sends Letter On New Curriculum To Parents In Western Isles

A letter from Education Secretary Michael Russell will land on the doorsteps of parents with pupils in P7 across the Western Isles this week...

Child Safety Week

Safetywise, the multi-Agency Accident Prevention group are holding a Child Safety event in the Bridge Centre, Stornoway on June 24th and 25th June as part of this years Child Safety Week...

Standing Lists Of Contractors – 2010 Review

In accordance with good practice the Comhairle is currently carrying out a review of the Standing Lists of Contractors for procuring building, civil engineering and “specialist” works...

14 June 2010

HMIE Report On Lews Castle College Inspection

HMIE have just published a report on their recent inspection of Lews Castle College...

Crime In The Uists!

Customers of the Uist Mobile Library were pleased and surprised when they were visited by best selling thriller writer Ann Cleeves recently...

10 June 2010

Gaelic Plan Implementation Committee

The Gaelic Plan Implementation Committee met today (Thursday 10TH June 2010). Present at the meeting was Mr David Boag, Head of Gaelic Usage at Bòrd na Gàidhlig who delivered a presentation on...

9 June 2010

Outer Hebrides First in Scotland With Skills and Training Agreement

Meeting today in Stornoway, Malcolm Burr, Chief Executive of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Damien Yeates, Chief Executive of Skills Development Scotland, signed up to a...

8 June 2010

HMIe Inspection Of Western Isles Schools

As part of the inspectorate's ongoing strategy for evaluating the educational provision of local authorities reports were recently issued on...

7 June 2010

BT Alba To Continue Funding The BT Alba National Gaelic School’s Debate

The National Gaelic School’s Debate Management Committee are delighted to announce that BT Scotland have agreed to sponsor this year’s Debate...

Gym Equipment Up For Grabs!

The Comhairle Sport and Health section were recently successful in gaining £236k in Capital Grant assistance from NHS Western Isles...

Liniclate Running Track Officially Opened

On Saturday the 12th June 2010 the Running Track at Liniclate, Isle of Benbecula, will be officially opened by Beth MacLeod, who represented Scotland...

4 June 2010

New Partnership Established Between Cnes And Macmillan Cancer Support

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is pleased to announce that it is entering into an innovative new partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support...

3 June 2010

Welcome For Daliburgh Announcement

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed the Scottish Futures Trust announcement of £2.1m of funding towards a new school at Daliburgh...

2 June 2010

Hebrides Range Taskforce Seeks Engagement With New Coalition Government

The Hebrides Range Taskforce (HRTF) will take its case to the new Coalition Government agreed a meeting of the group on Tuesday 1st of June...

1 June 2010

Expenses Information Published

The annual salaries and expenses paid to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's Councillors during 2009/10 have been published...

Harris Tweed Industry Welcomes New Weavers

The Harris Tweed industry will benefit from a new intake of weavers following the completion of a 12 week full time weaving course in...

Lewis Athlete Reaches Stage Three Of National Sports Initiative

Talented local swimmer Kathryn Offer has eased through the first two stages of...

Lewis Provincial Mod Literature Day

Today marked the start of Lewis Provincial Mod 2010 and the annual event began with the Literature Day...

31 May 2010

Comhairle To Look At Toilet Provision

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is examining alternative proposals which would allow the toilet provision in Perceval Square in Stornoway to re-open...

21 May 2010

Media Invite

You are invited to send a representative(s) to the Running Track at Ionad Spòrs Leòdhais, Stornoway at...

20 May 2010

No Pay and Don't Display

As a result of the construction work in Perceval Square in Stornoway, the Pay and Display parking units will be out of operation for...

18 May 2010

Experience Nature On Your Doorstep

Nature can be found everywhere – even on your doorstep. So why not get outdoors more often and discover the wonderful nature close to where you live during...

17 May 2010

Scam Warnings

Trading Standards Officers at the Comhairle are warning consumers to be on the lookout for a Euromillion Lottery International letter which...

10 May 2010

Local Contractors appointed to Sir E Scott School, Tarbert, and Matheson Hall at the Nicolson Institute, Stornoway

Sgoiltean Ùra is pleased to announce the appointment of UBC Group Limited to undertake the first phase enabling works contract at Sir E Scott School in Tarbert...

6 May 2010

Help Available At Polling Stations

Voters in the Western Isles are reminded that help is available at Polling Stations around the Islands for those who require it...

5 May 2010

Remedial Works due to commence at ISL

Pending the suitability of the weather, remedial repair works are due to take place at Ionad Spòrs Leòdhais in Stornoway, during the month of May...

28 April 2010

Public Toilets Closed

The Public Toilets at Perceval Square, Stornoway are closed due to construction work being carried out as part of the Stornoway Regeneration Plan...

Polling Station Locations

Voters in the Western Isles can check the location of their polling station on the Comhairle website by following the link at...

28 April 2010

Electrical Equipment Checks

Several businesses have been in touch with Trading Standards regarding cold calling from a mainland company who are offering to carry out electrical safety checks...

27 April 2010

Preferred Bidders for Western Isles Schools Project Appointed

The Western Isles Schools Project (WISP) has reached a further significant milestone with the appointment by Sgoiltean Ùra of FMP and FES FM Ltd as Preferred Bidders to construct and maintain the £110m Project...

Postal Votes

Electors who have opted for a postal vote will receive them over the next few days...

National Progression Award in Harris Tweed

The first national qualification in Harris Tweed was approved this week by the Scottish Qualifications Authority...

Unveiling Of Plaque For Marshal Macdonald

On Friday the 30th of April 2010, a plaque to commemorate the life of Marshal MacDonald, Duke of Tarentum, will be unveiled in the village of his father's birth...

26 April 2010

Celtic Media Festival 2011 To Return To The Western Isles

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar today welcomed the news that the 2011 Celtic Media Festival will be held in the Western Isles...

22 April 2010

Statement re. Extension of Home Insulation Scheme

Following today’s announcement by the Scottish Government that the Home Insulation Scheme is now being rolled out to North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist and Barra...

Perceval Square Enhancement

Work will commence on Monday the 26th of April 2010 to transform the upper part of Perceval Square into a traffic free civic hub for the town centre...

21 April 2010

NHS Western Isles To Be Invited to Explain Reasons For Little Teddies Withdrawal

A committee at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has adjourned to allow an invitation to NHS Western Isles to attend the meeting to explain its decision to withdraw funding for the Little Teddies nursery...

20 April 2010

Election Candidates

There will be five candidates in the Na H-Eileanan An Iar constituency parliamentary election...

15 April 2010

Demolition Contractor Appointed for Bayble Primary School, Point, Isle of Lewis

Sgoiltean Ùra has appointed Wm. Munro Construction (Highland) Limited as the demolition contractor for the first phase demolition contract at Bayble Primary School...

13 April 2010

Monty Halls' Heads To The Wild On Another Adventure

Marine biologist and professional diver Monty Halls and his trusted dog Reuben return to the west coast of Scotland in the new series of...

Meeting of OHCPP

There will be a meeting of the Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partnership in the Comhairle Chambers in Stornoway on...

08 April 2010

Make Sure You're Registered to Vote

The UK Parliamentary Election will be held on Thursday 6 May 2010. To be able to vote your name must...

31 March 2010

Local Area Co-Ordinator Service To Host Meetings Across The Western Isles

The Local Area Co-ordinator Service (LAC), which is currently administered by Advocacy Western Isles, providing a service across the islands, will be hosting a...

Joint NHS Western Isles, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Statement - Nursery Discussions

Representatives of the Comhairle and the Health Board met today to discuss the Little Teddies nursery provision...

Lewis And Harris Goose Management Group

An initial meeting of the Lewis and Harris Goose Management Group was held in Stornoway on...

29 March 2010

Home Insulation Scheme Door-Knocking Comes To An End In Lewis And Harris

Householders in Lewis and Harris are being urged to take advantage of a programme which could make their homes warmer and help save money on energy bills...

Heritage Lottery Fund Boost For Lews Castle Project

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced support for innovative proposals to revitalise Lews Castle...

26 March 2010

Comhairle Response To Castlebay Parent Council Press Release Of 26/03/10

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have accepted the recommendations of the recent HMIe Report on Castlebay Community School and are committed to...

25 March 2010

Closure Of Little Teddies Nursery - Stornoway

Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Angus Campbell said...

Highland Airways In Administration

Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Angus Campbell said: "The situation at Highland Airways poses serious problems for islanders who...

Loganair Take Over Highland Airways Inter-Island Route

Chair of Transportation Committee, Councillor Donald Manford said: "I am delighted that a speedy resolution has been agreed following...

24 March 2010

Closure Of Little Teddies Nursery, Stornoway

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has been informed by the Western Isles NHS Board that they are withdrawing from the existing agreement to run the Little Teddies Nursery...

23 March 2010

Cnes Leader Rebuts List Msp's Views On Castlebay Community School

The Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Angus Campbell, has offered to ensure that an MSP has factual information before speaking out about Castlebay School...

Comhairle Response To BBC Trust Announcement

Commenting on the earlier announcement from the BBC Trust that the Review into BBC ALBA is to be extended, Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Angus Campbell said...

22 March 2010

Dark Sky Scotland Events In The Western Isles

Scotland, but especially the Western Isles, has some of the best areas of dark sky unaffected by light pollution in Europe. This offers spectacular views of...

19 March 2010

Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar Host Reception For Island Blood Donors

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar was this evening the location of the first ever Civic Ceremony to mark a number of significant blood donations which have been given by...

17 March 2010

Outer Hebrides Rural Network Event Takes Place In Berneray

Berneray Community Centre on the Isle of Berneray was today the location for...

Celebrating Stoneybridge School

The eight pupils of Stoneybridge School will be transferring to Iochdar School after the Easter holidays...

15 March 2010

Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar Sign Up To Wwf's Earth Hour 2010

For the second year, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will be participating in the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Earth Hour 2010...

Contract Awarded For Stornoway Creative Industries And Media Centre

Following a competitive tendering process, Stornoway-based building contractor John Murray and Co. has been awarded the contract for the development of...

11 March 2010

Trading Standards Alert For B&Bs

The Comhairle’s Trading Standards Officers are alerting consumers regarding a scam which mainly targets Bed and Breakfast and Self Catering operators...

10 March 2010

Leader Innse Gall Increases Intervention Rate Of Grants

The LEADER Innse Gall community grants programme has announced that the intervention rate of grants has now increased to 50% of the total eligible projected costs...

9 March 2010

Scottish National Rural Network

Making new connections is the aim at Rural Network event in the Outer Hebrides...

8 March 2010

Western Isles Schools And Nurseries Benefit From Innovative Projects

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's Cultural Co-ordinator Service have recently been involved in some innovative projects within schools and nurseries throughout...

Consumers Warning On Unlicensed Traders

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's Trading Standards officers are issuing a warning regarding itinerant traders in the Western Isles...

2 March 2010

Leader Innse Gall Assist Barra Water Sports Club

The Outer Hebrides LEADER Innse Gall programme has just paid out its first full LEADER grant of £8,635 to...

1 March 2010

Carthannas Nìs First To Benefit From Leader Innse Gall Funding

The community grant programme LEADER Innse Gall recently awarded the sum of £25,852 to Carthannas Nis...

Training of New Harris Tweed Weavers Set to Get Underway

With the three main Harris Tweed producers predicting a strong order book for 2010, the Harris Tweed industry has progressed plans to recruit a small number of new weavers into...

25 February 2010

Statement re. Wee W

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's proposal is to take over the Wee W premises and lease them back to the current occupiers...

22 February 2010

Outer Hebrides - Community Planning Partnership

Communities throughout Harris will have the opportunity to have their views heard on Wednesday 3 March as...

19 February 2010

Comhairle sets 2010/11 Budget

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has set a balanced budget which will result in a Council Tax at Band D of £1024 for the third year running...

Having Their Say

A new era in young people’s participation in the democratic process is underway with the first ever meeting of the Western Isles Young Persons’ Joint Liaison Committee...

16 February 2010

Slàinte Mhath Exceeds The 1000 Subscription Mark!

The new Comhairle nan Eilean Siar health and wellbeing initiative 'Slàinte Mhath', which has been in operation for only a month at Ionad Spòrs Leòdhais...

Musical Gathering In Harris Hailed A Success

Leverhulme Memorial School in Harris was the venue for a music event for young people from across the Western Isles on...

Buy With Confidence

The ‘Buy with Confidence’ business partnership scheme welcomed new members recently...

15 February 2010

Private Sector Housing

New legislation is being introduced by the Scottish Government on 1 April 2010 which changes the way private home owners will receive assistance from Local Authorities...

12 February 2010

Savings Will Benefit Services For Communities

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's Chair of Education and Children's Services, Morag Munro, has stressed that £2m of savings per year from school amalgamations would help improve...

Further Town Hall Meeting

A further report on Stornoway Town Hall will go to a reconvened meeting of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's Environmental and Protective Services...

Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar Provides Funding For Community Run Projects

Over £190,000 worth of grant money to local community groups has been agreed by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's Sustainable Development Committee in a move to...

11 February 2010

Gaelic Plan Implementation Committee - February 2010 Meeting

The Gaelic Plan Implementation Committee met today (Thursday 11TH February 2010). Present at the meeting was...

10 February 2010

Schools Strategy Moves Ahead

The Education Committee of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has agreed to go out to formal consultation in relation to the proposed closure of Cross and Stoneybridge Schools and the proposed discontinuation of S1/S2 education at...

9 February 2010

Return For The Chessmen

Planning is now well underway for the return of some enigmatic visitors to the Isle of Lewis. The world famous Lewis Chessmen, which were discovered in...

8 February 2010

Transport Scotland Introduce New Ticket Machines On Island Bus Services

A new electronic ticket system for buses in the Western Isles will be introduced to main coaches from Monday the 15th of February 2010...

Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partnership

Communities throughout Uist will have the opportunity to have their views heard this coming Monday as the Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partnership heads to...

Consumer Warning On Unlicensed Traders

Comhairle nan Eilean Trading Standards officers are issuing a warning regarding itinerant traders who are selling...

5 February 2010

Fish Farms Planning Permission Stays With Councils

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed the falling of an amendment in the Scottish Parliament which sought to remove planning authority from...

4 February 2010

Live Hebrides Support The Western Isles Credit Union To Stream Agm Online

Ken Kennedy, Chairperson of the Western Isles Credit Union, has congratulated the Board of Directors and staff of the Western Isles Credit Union for their efforts...

3 February 2010

Success For Point And Sandwick Development Trust

The Point and Sandwick Development Trust have been recently awarded the sum of £73,575 from the Climate Challenge Fund for...

Funding Success For Local Horticultural Producers

The sum of £39, 720 has been awarded recently to the Lewis and Harris Horticultural Producers by the Climate Challenge Fund...

Top Award For Uist Community Newspaper

Uist Community Newspaper, Am Pàipear, was recently chosen as the Highlands and Islands Community Newspaper of the Year 2010...

1 February 2010

Comhairle Disappointment At Port Authority's Rejection of Infill Scheme

Commenting on the decision of the Stornoway Port Authority regarding the Bayhead infill, Comhairle Leader Angus Campbell said...

29 January 2010

Comhairle Welcomes Inspection Report

Public agencies in the Western Isles are alert to circumstances when children may be at risk, and act quickly when children or members of the public contact them with concerns...

27 January 2010

Plans For New Civic Hub In Perceval Square

The Comhairle is seeking further consultation with members of the public on proposals for the redevelopment of Perceval Square...

Anti Dogfouling Campaign

Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar is again taking enforcement action to combat the problems created by dog fouling and straying in the islands...

26 January 2010

Stornoway Townscape Heritage Initiative

Partners in the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) have recently agreed a number of changes to the project to ensure it can be delivered within the timescale and available budget...

West Harris Buyout Makes History

Crofters on the scenic coast of south west Harris are set to take over three crofting estates from the Scottish Government today (Monday 25 January)...

19 January 2010

Archives First For Comhairle

Funding for a new Archives Service for the Western Isles was announced this week...

A History of the World: A BBC and British Museum Partnership

Màiri Robertson, Museum Curator said: "Museum nan Eilean is pleased to be involved in the most ambitious nationwide museum partnership ever...

Success Of Comhairle Sport And Health Initiative

A week following the start of the Comhairle's Slàinte Mhath initiative, and numbers joining up to the scheme continue to increase with each passing day...

Comhairle Seeks Meeting With Port Authority Members

Commenting on the announcement from Stornoway Port Authority that it was unable to consent to the partial infill of the Bayhead Estuary as part of the Stornoway Regeneration Plan, Comhairle Leader Angus Campbell said...

18 January 2010

Western Isles Pupils Shortlisted For Film G Awards

The shortlist for the 2009 Film G Awards have been announced ahead of this year’s prize giving ceremony which will be...

One Million Reasons To Celebrate

Just 36 months after it first opened its doors, Western Isles Credit Union has loaned more than...

North Uist Poet Becomes Scottish Poetry Libraries Poet Of The Month

North Uist poet, Pauline Prior-Pitt, was pleasantly surprised when The Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh invited her to be their...

14 January 2010

Comhairle Warmly Welcomes Eishken Decision

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed the Scottish Government announcement today of consent for a 33 turbine windfarm at Eishken...

13 January 2010

Comhairle Success In European Funding Bids

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has secured European funding which will go towards...

12 January 2010

Dedication and Commitment Of Care Services

The professionalism of the home care, evening care and overnight services provided by the Comhairle during the recent period of bad weather was described this week by...

11 January 2010

Comhairle To Host Crofting Conference

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will host a conference entitled 'The Future of Crofting' at the end of...

6 January 2010

Schools Return

Almost all schools in the Western Isles will open tomorrow...

Comhairle Welcomes Beauly-Denny Decision

In response to the decision by the Scottish Government that the Beauly-Denny Power Line has been...

5 January 2010

Western Isles Schools

The majority of schools in the Western Isles should be open tomorrow...

Schools to Close In Lewis and Harris

Schools to Close In Lewis and Harris...


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Nigel Scott
Communications Officer
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

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