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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

2011 (Jan - Jun) Press Releases

Wednesday 29th June

Comhairle Unveils Lews Castle Development Proposals

Proposals for repairing and redeveloping Lews Castle will be unveiled at a community consultation event in Stornoway today...

Training Video For Bt Gaelic Debate Competitors

On Wednesday the 15th of June 2011, two third year pupils from Calderglen High School in East Kilbride, Danielle MacFarlane and Aaron Shields, took part in a training event...

Tuesday 28th June

Teenage Cancer Trust Honours Award Winning Sgoil Lionacleit Pupils

Teenage Cancer Trust, a national charity which helps young people across the UK fight cancer, today (30 June) visited Sgoil Lionacleit on the Isle of Benbecula to present awards at the school’s annual prize giving...

Monday 27th June

Comhairle Supporting a Community Single Turbine Wind Farm on Barra

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has approved a £50,000 loan to Barra & Vatersay Wind Energy ltd to enable a project for the construction of a single turbine wind farm on the Isle of Barra to proceed...

No Contravention Of Code of Conduct

The Public Standards Commissioner For Scotland has concluded that Cllr Norman Macleod did not breach the Councillors’ Code of Conduct...

Thursday 23rd June

Comhairle Welcomes Transport Committee Report

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has warmly welcomed the Transport Select Committee report into the Coastguard and other maritime services...

New Leader’s Blog for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Angus Campbell, Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, has set up a Leader’s blog on the CNES website...

Monday 20th June

Bulky Household Waste Collections

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are making changes to the service for the uplift of Bulky Household Waste...

‘Fut is Frogail’ Residential Weekend for S3-S4 Pupils

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has received funding from Bòrd na Gàidhlig for ten Gaelic residential courses in the Western Isles...

Community Consultation on Lews Castle Museum and Archive Proposals

Development proposals for Lews Castle have reached a key stage and will be the subject of a community consultation event on Tuesday 28 June 2011 in the foyer of Lews Castle College...

Tuesday 14th June

Lewis Schools Cook Up Careers in Food and Drink

On Friday the 17th of June pupils from Sgoil a’ Bhac will be at Stag Bakeries to see their prize-winning Strawberry and White Chocolate Biscuit begin production...

Monday 13th June

New Milestones Reached in the Delivery of the Western Isles Schools Project - The Nicolson Institute and West Side Primary School

Two major milestones have been achieved in the Western Isles Schools Project...

National Progression Award in Harris Tweed

The first national qualification in Harris Tweed will be officially launched in Harris this week...

Thursday 9th June

Surface Dressing Throughout Lewis and Harris

CNES are undertaking surface dressing operations throughout Lewis and Harris...

Praise for the Comhairle from Audit Scotland

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is improving its management of risk and uncertainty and demonstrates improvements in service delivery, according to a report by Audit Scotland...

Tuesday 7th June

Coastguard Petitions Delivered to Prime Minister

Representatives of Shetland Islands Council, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Coastguard campaigners are today presenting petitions containing over 29,000 signatures to the Prime Minister...

Advertising Scams

Trading standard officers at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are warning B & B operators and businesses in the Western Isles of advertising scams...

Friday 3rd June

Petitions Against Proposed Changes To Coastguard Services

Shetland Islands Council, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, MPs and other campaigners will be presenting two petitions against proposed changes to Coastguard services at 10 Downing Street...

Wednesday 1st June

Comhairle Welcomes Review

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed the review of schools closures legislation announced by the Scottish Government today...

Expenses Information Published

The annual salaries and expenses paid to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Councillors during 2010/11 have been published...

Tuesday 31st May

Praise For Castlebay School In HMIe Report

HM Inspectorate of Education has published a follow-through report on Castlebay school in Barra...

Monday 30th May

Comhairle Taking Legal Action To Recover Council Tax Debt

The Comhairle will be submitting those Lewis and Harris council tax accounts which are in arrears to Stornoway Sheriff Court...

Wednesday 25th May

Counterfeit Warning

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Trading Standards Officers are reminding shops and businesses to ensure that staff check cash they receive from customers...

Tuesday 24th May

Scam Letter

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are warning islanders of a scam letter that is being sent to households...

Thursday 19th May

Coastguard Plans ‘Dangerously Reckless’

The Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Angus Campbell, today told a meeting of the Transport Select Committee that the Government proposals for the future of the Coastguard Service and other maritime services, are ‘dangerously reckless’...

Wednesday 18th May

Western Isles Welcomes London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Route Announcement

The Western Isles has been confirmed as a stage for the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay route. The event will take place in June 2012 in the run-up to the Olympics in July 2012...

Public Welcome At Transport Committee Coastguard Hearing

The House of Commons Transport Select Committee is meeting in Stornoway tomorrow (Thursday 19 May) to take evidence on the MCA’s proposals for the future of the Coastguard service...

Wednesday 5th May

Sport Centre Closed on Friday Until 6pm

Due to the Scottish Parliamentary election and AV referendum count, Lewis Sports Centre will be closed tomorrow (Friday 6th May) until 6pm...

Tuesday 3rd May

All welcome for Tasglann’s Detroit event

Tasglann nan Eilean Siar (Hebridean Archives) are hosting an event in the Council Chamber, Stornoway on Monday 16th May, starting at 7.30pm, foscussing on the ties the Island holds with the city of Detroit...

Coastguard Modernisation – A Positive Alternative

The Outer Hebrides Coastguard Task Group (OHCTG) has proposed a transformed Coastguard Service for Scotland and the UK which would keep stations open at Stornoway and Shetland, retain local knowledge and provide a 24 hour service at both stations...

Tuesday 26th April

Campervan/Caravan Information

To help accommodate Campervan / Caravan visitors, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has published a leaflet to raise awareness of the location of public toilets, recycling and waste collection services...

Wednesday 20th April

Please think twice before parking

The Outer Hebrides Community Safety Partnership has requested that drivers exercise due care and consideration when parking their vehicles throughout the Islands and particularly around the Stornoway town centre area...

Tuesday 19th April

Record Number Of Postal Voters

A record number of electors in Na h-Eileanan an Iar have applied to vote by post at the Scottish Parliamentary elections and the National Referendum on the UK voting system on Thursday 5 May...

Community Organisations Find Grants Online With Comhairle’s Help!

Community groups in the Outer Hebrides can now find out about potential grant funding quickly and easily through the Comhairle’s website...

Thursday 14th April

The Lewis Chessmen: Unmasked

The Lewis Chessmen: Unmasked isthe most comprehensive exhibition on the Lewis chessmen for over a decade, featuring chessmen drawn from the collections of National Museums Scotland and the British Museum...

Wednesday 13th April

Roadworks

The Comhairle is embarking on a programme of investment in the roads infrastructure following significant damage over the winter months and would like to alert drivers that road works are currently underway on Goathill road...

Election Deadlines

Voters in the Western Isles are reminded...

Monday 11th April

Welcome For Celtic Media Festival

Commenting on this week’s launch of the Celtic Media Festival in the Western Isles, Convener Alex MacDonald said...

Comhairle Seeks Consents For Lews Castle Repairs

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is seeking Planning and Listed Building consents for external repairs to Lews Castle...

Tuesday 5th April

Leader Innse Gall Celebrates Its Projects With Community Event

The LEADER Innse Gall Local Action Group (LAG) have now committed over £1.6m of grant funding to various projects throughout the Outer Hebrides...

Schools Project Benefits For Islands

Over half the direct and indirect spend on work at the new Balivanich School has gone to local companies....

Monday 4th April

Additional Funding Found By Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar To Enable New Daliburgh School To Be Built

At the meeting of the full Comhairle on Thursday 31 March, it was agreed to allocate additional funding to enable the new Daliburgh School to be part of the Western Isles Schools Project...

Comhairle Seeks Positive Way Forward On Schools Closure Issue

Commenting on a statement by Na h-Eileanan an Iar’s SNP candidate, Alasdair Allan, that the Comhairle’s decision to challenge Scottish Ministers’ decisions on the 4 school closures...

Thursday 31st March

Filling the Gaps in the Western Isles Census Map

With census day now past, many people may think that’s the end of the Scotland’s Census, but for staff at the local office the task is only just beginning...

Town Hall Access Point – Temporary Changes

From Monday 4 April 2011, for a period of about 6 weeks, all enquiries normally handled within the Town Hall Access Point, including Payments, Revenues and Benefits will be dealt with at the Sandwick Road Offices...

Tuesday 29th March

National Award For Comhairle Social Worker

Recently, Ed Lowe, Senior Social Worker, Community Care, Uists and Barra was nominated and shortlisted for the British Association of Social Workers in Scotland Award of Social Worker of the Year...

Monday 28th March

What will you be doing on Thursday 5 May?

With the Scottish Parliament Election and the first UK-wide referendum in over 30 years taking place on Thursday 5 May...

The Scottish Chief Medical Officer has issued seasonal advice highlighting a potential risk for pregnant women at this time of year...

Training For All In Traditional Building Skills

The new programme of training in traditional building skills is now underway as part of the Townscape Heritage Initiative...

Thursday 24th March

Warning Over Doorstep Callers

Trading Standards Officers advise members of the public to exercise caution before admitting doorstep callers into their homes...

Monday 21st March

Welcome For Pairc Trust Announcement

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed the Scottish Government decision that the Pairc Trust can go ahead with plans to buy the Pairc Estate...

Friday 11th March

Hebridean Science Festival, 17th – 19th March 2011

The second Hebridean science festival will take place from 17th – 19th March...

Thursday 10th March

Welcome For Coastguard Consultation Extension

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed the announcement from Shipping Minister Mike Penning of a 6 week extension to the consultation on the future of the Coastguard Service...

Tuesday 2nd March

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Statement in response to the 2010 Review of Goose Management Policy in Scotland and the Scottish Government’s Response

The lack of funding for greylag goose management schemes in the future is of serious concern to the Comhairle given the high numbers of greylag geese in the Outer Hebrides...

Education Conference 2011

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Department of Education and Children’s Services recently held their annual Conference for Head Teachers and Senior Managers...

Friday 28th February

Working Together

In line with their continued commitment to Community Engagement, FMP, in conjunction with Jobcentre Plus and Lews Castle College, has provided a work placement opportunity....

Friday 25th February

Training Project Boosts Harris Tweed Growth

An ambitious programme of training has been completed by more than 150 Harris Tweed weavers and mill employees...

Success For Island Pupils In National Gaelic Writing Competition

Pupils from the Western Isles have swept the boards for the third year running at the Royal Mail’s National Gaelic creative writing competition...

Comhairle Congratulate Hebridean Chocolates On National Award

Hebridean Chocolates, a social enterprise project established by Third Sector Hebrides, last night was the winner of the Social Enterprise Start Up of the Year Award...

Thursday 24th February

Comhairle Response: Single Public Authority

Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Chair of the Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partnership, Angus Campbell said:...

Friday 18th February

Harris Tweed Skills and Training Awards Event

The award season is in full swing and next week’s hot ticket is the Harris Tweed Skills & Training Awards...

Thursday 17th February

Comhairle Sets 2011/12 Budget

Comhairle nan EIlean Siar has set its budget for 2011/12...

Task Group Welcomes Coastguard Inquiry

The Stornoway Coastguard Task Group has welcomed news that the House of Commons Transport Select Committee is to hold a full Inquiry...

Tuesday 15th February

Comhairle Opening Ceremonies

A series of opening events will be held in the Uists next week...

Friday 11th February

PC Virus Scam

Consumers in the Western Isles are being warned to be aware of a PC virus scam...

Western Isles Pupils Shortlisted For Film G Awards

The shortlist for the 2010 Film G Awards have been announced ahead of this year’s awards ceremony which will be held in...

Local Area Co-Ordination - (Lewis & Harris)

An open day will take place at the Grianan Centre on Wednesday 2nd March 2011 between 2pm and 5pm...

Thursday 10th February

Council Tax Scam

Several Consumers have alerted the Trading Standards section of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to a possible council tax scam...

Tuesday 8th February

Hebrides Range Task Force

2010 was the busiest year for five years the Hebrides Range operator QuinetiQ told a meeting of the Hebrides range Task Force (HRTF)...

Monday 7th February

Sgoiltean Ùra - Western Isles Schools Project : Public Events

Sgoiltean Ùra are delighted to announce that FES FM, having successfully been awarded contracts for both the Western Isles Schools Project and the Hebridean Housing Partnership [HHP], will be undertaking two public events...

Sgoiltean Ùra - Western Isles Schools Project : West Side Primary School / Bun-Sgoil an Taobh Siar

Sgoiltean Ùra are delighted to announce that working on behalf of SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy), local contractor Cal-Max has commenced operations...

Coastguard Meeting

Speaking after a meeting between Highland and Island Council representatives and the Shipping Minister, Mike Penning...

Friday 4th February

Power Outages

Scottish Hydro are asking people in the Western Isles to help make them aware of isolated instances where the power is off...

Thursday 3rd February

High Winds Disrupt Services

The Western Isles Emergency Planning Co-ordinating Group (WIEPCG) met again today to discuss the severe weather conditions forecast for today. High wind speeds, possibly gale force, are anticipated throughout the Western Isles starting this afternoon and lasting until late tonight...

Community Planning Engagement Events 

The Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partnership, in collaboration with Community Co-ordinators, is hosting engagement events throughout the islands starting this Saturday 5 February...

Wednesday 2nd February

High Winds and Snow Forecast For Western Isles

The Western Isles Emergency Planning Co-ordinating Group (WIEPCG) met today to discuss the severe weather conditions forecast for tomorrow...

Tuesday 1st February

Task Group Calls For Extension To Coastguard Consultation

Angus Campbell, the Chairman of the Task Group set up to fight the proposed closure of the Stornoway Coastguard Station, today called for an extension to the consultation period set out by the Coalition Government....

Monday 31st January

New Telephone System For Comhairle

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar introduced its new IP telephone system today.  This means individual extension numbers have changed...

Strike Up The Band

There was sweet music at Nicolson Institue in Stornoway this week with the announcement of £10,000 of funding for musical instruments and tuition...

Coastguard Task Group Meets With MCA Chief Executive

Representatives of the Coastguard Task Group met today with MCA Chief Executive Sir Allan Massey...

 

Thursday 27th January

Community Planning Partners Receive Grant for Green Vehicles

COMMUNITIES will benefit from an £81,000 grant from Transport Scotland this spring as the Community Planning Partnership investigates the viability of electric vehicles in the Outer Hebrides...

Local Consultation Meetings for Scottish Marine Regions

Under new marine legislation a planning system is being introduced for the seas around the coast of Scotland...

Coast Hebrides Support For Coastguard Station

At the CoastHebrides meeting on 25th January, the local coastal partnership members strongly stated their opposition to the closure or any reduction of service at Stornoway Coastguard Station...

Historic Scotland Grant - Boost For Lews Castle

Culture and External Affairs Minister Fiona Hyslop has announced that Lews Castle is among five historic building projects to receive funding under Historic Scotland’s Building Repair Grants scheme.

Tuesday 25th January

Restricted Sales Information Evening

Trading Standards, Safetywise and the Community Safety Partnership are organising an information evening for Traders on Age Restricted Sales...

Monday 24th January

Statement from Cllr Norman M Macleod

“It is unfortunate that in some reports of my comments about a decision of the Licensing Board and Stornoway Golf Club, an important element has been missed out."...

Friday 21st January

Access And Parking Changes At Comhairle Offices, Sandwick Road, Stornoway

Due to the work for the new Nicolson Institute the car park to the rear of the Council building on Sandwick Road will be designated for...

Wednesday 19th January

New Telephone System For Comhairle

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is introducing a new IP telephone system as from the 31st January 2011...

Statement Re Pairc Trust

Commenting in response to comments from the Pairc Trust calling for an early resolution to attempts to buy land and an associated lease on the Pairc Estate, Comhairle Leader Angus Campbell said...

Friday 14th January

Budget Information

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's latest budget information (January 2011) is available...

Thursday 13th January

Comhairle Appoint First Female Head Teacher to the Nicolson Institute

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are delighted to announce that Frances Murray from Stornoway has been appointed the new Head Teacher of the Nicolson Institute...

Extreme Disappointment At Schools Decision

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has said it is ‘extremely disappointed’ with the Scottish Government decision to prevent 4 schools being closed in the Western Isles...

Lewis & Harris Sports Council Sports Festival - Secondary Concept 2 Rowing Festival

The second Concept 2 Rowing Festival run by Active Schools and Sports Development staff took place at Ionad Spòrs Leòdhais on Wednesday 12th January 2011 and was aimed at pupils in Secondary 1 & 2...

Monday 10th January

Local Community Grant Programme Commits Over £1.5m To Projects In The Outer Hebrides

Since the local LEADER Innse Gall programme began it has committed nearly £1.5m of grant funding to various community projects based throughout the Outer Hebrides and which contribute to various community needs...

Roads Gritting Continues

Salt deliveries are scheduled to arrive in the Western Isles tomorrow and later in the week. ...

Friday 7th January

Comhairle Welcome The Launch Of New Insulation Scheme

Following on from the successful uptake of the Home Insulation Scheme in Lewis and Harris, a new Scottish Government funded initiative, the Universal Home Insulation Scheme, has now been finalised and will commence from January until the end of March 2011...


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Nigel Scott
Communications Officer
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Tel: 01851 822622 (Work)
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