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2013 (Jan - Jun) Press Releases

Friday 28th June

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Welcome Renewable Strike Prices Announcements

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed the UK Government's announcements today in regard to Renewable Strike Prices...

Wednesday 26th June

High Levels of Shellfish Toxin

Monitoring work undertaken on behalf of the Food Standards Agency has identified raised levels of shellfish toxins in West Loch Roag -  Miavaig and Eilean Tenish in Lewis...

Tuesday 25th June

Success For Local Business At National Awards

A Western Isles business has been successful in winning £35,000 from the Scottish EDGE fund...

Friday 21st June

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 Traigh Mhor, Barra on 10 June 2013 have returned to safe levels...

Thursday 20th June

Pre-Prepared Meals For The Home Care Service

The Comhairle is holding a series of events for potential suppliers of Pre-prepared meals (frozen or chilled)...

Outer Hebrides Weather Exhibition Opens in Benbecula

An exciting new exhibition ‘A Reir na h-Aimsir’ on the theme of how the weather affects our sense of place will open in Museum nan Eilean, Sgoil Lionacleit on Friday 28 June...

Monday 17th June

"Strong voice" from the Islands in Referendum Debate

Scotland’s three Islands Councils – Shetland, Orkney and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar – have laid out their vision for a stronger future following the Independence Referendum of 2014...

Youth Employment Scotland – 2013/14

The Scottish Government has contracted with Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar to manage the delivery of the Youth Employment Scotland (YES) Fund for up to 35 employees across the Outer Hebrides..

Thursday 13th June

Comhairle Welcomes Needs Case Submission But Time Of The Essence

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed the announcement that Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission (SHE-T) has today submitted its Needs Case for the Western Isles Radial Connector...

Wednesday 12th June

High Levels of Shellfish Toxin

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

Lews Castle Project Will Boost Island Economy

Following a tendering process conducted under EU procurement rules, GRAHAM Construction has been identified as the preferred main contractor for the Lews Castle Museum and Archive project.  The £8.5 million contract includes a new museum and archive extension on the site of the former glasshouses as well as extensive works to repair and restore the historic interior of the Castle...

Monday 10th June

High Levels of Shellfish Toxin

Monitoring work undertaken on behalf of the Food Standards Agency has identified raised levels of shellfish toxins in Traigh Mhor in Barra...

Western Isles Nursing Scholarship Wins National Award

A Western Isles scholarship has won a Scottish Education Award. The ‘Pre Nursing Scholarship’ is part of the Comhairle’s Vocational Education Strategy...

Tuesday 4th June

Nicolson Institute Project Up For Planning Award

The Nicolson Institute Project has been shortlisted for a national planning award in the category of ‘Development on the ground'...

Friday 31st May

Judicial Review Appeal Not Upheld

The Scottish Government appeal in the Judicial Review of the call in notices for Carloway and Shawbost Schools has not been upheld...

Monday 27th May

Doorstoppers Campaign

Trading Standards Officers at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are reminding residents in the Western Isles that they can stop cold callers by displaying a “No Uninvited Sales People” sign...

Friday 24th May

Comhairle Congratulations on Tweed Fashion Awards

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has congratulated Harris Tweed Hebrides on their outstanding achievement in gaining the top two awards in the UK Fashion and Textile Awards...

Thursday 16th May

Interconnector Blow

Speaking in reponse to SHE Transmission’s statement that the Minch Interconnector will now not proceed until 2017 at the earliest, Councillor Angus Campbell, Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar said:..

Wednesday 15th May

Report Welcome But Action Needed Now

Responding to the joint Scottish and UK Government  report released today which considers the evidence base for developing renewables projects on the Scottish Islands, Cllr Angus Campbell, Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, said...

Tuesday 14th May

Welcome For Public Attitudes To Gaelic Report

The Chair of Comataidh Buileachaidh Plana Canan has welcomed the ‘Public Attitudes to Gaelic in Scotland, published by Soillse...

Roads Surface Dressing Programme

The Comhairle’s 2013 roads surface dressing programme is due to start this week with 2 weeks of work in the Uist area. The mobile works will then transfer to Harris on or around the 27th May for around 1 week after which works will transfer to Lewis for a further 3  week period...

Research Before Selling

Residents in the Western Isles are being advised by Comhairle Trading Standards Service to do their homework before they sell off any of their family heirlooms...

Europe Direct Information Centre – Outer Hebrides

New local service helps you find out about the EU. From now until the end of 2017, the Comhairle will be the first port of call for anyone in the Outer Hebrides who wishes to find out about the EU. The Europe Direct Information Centre – Outer Hebrides is supported by the European Commission and is one of 18 such centres throughout the UK...

Wednesday 8th May

Welcome For Stornoway Black Pudding EU Protection

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed news that Stornoway Black Pudding is to receive EU protected status...

Tuesday 7th May

The PlayTalkRead tour of Scotland Returns to Western Isles

The “Have fun from day one” campaign bus aimed at parents of children under three is returning to the Western Isles. The bus will be visiting venues in the Western Isles between Tuesday 14th May  to Thursday 23rd May...

Community Resilience Meetings

A meeting to discuss how communities can better prepare for emergencies such as severe weather, power failure and wild fires is being held at the Clan MacQuarrie Community Centre, Borve, on Tuesday 14th May at 8pm...

Friday 3rd May

Comhairle Welcomes Interconnector Debate

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Leader Angus Campbell has welcomed MSP Alasdair Allan’s contribution to the debate on the interconnector for the Outer Hebrides....

Monday 29th April

Stornoway Regeneration Meeting – Monday 29th April

The Stornoway Regeneration Group is inviting town centre businesses and interests to a meeting to discuss the future regeneration of Stornoway.  The meeting will be held in the Caladh Inn on Monday 29th April at 7.30 p.m....

Friday 26th April

Comhairle Calls For Re-Instatement Of Commercial RET As Matter Of Urgency

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed the publication of an independent study into the impact of the removal of RET for Commercial Vehicles to Island areas...

Comhairle Working On Payments Issue

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is analysing payments made to staff working within adult services and residential care following an audit which has identified that some staff have been, in error, underpaid and others overpaid...

Wednesday 24th April

Door to Door Sellers

Western isles residents should beware of doorstep sellers who are currently operating in the area...

Tuesday 23rd April

Community Energy Grants Now Available

Communities in the Outer Hebrides who want to improve their community hall or lower their energy bills can now get grants to fund this work...

Friday 19th April

Comhairle Welcomes Rural Education Commission’s Report

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed the Commission on Rural Education’s report into rural schools...

Tuesday 16th April

Building Skills Grant – 2013/14

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has once again been able to allocate funding to support Apprenticeship training within the construction industry in the Western Isles during financial year 2013/14...

Thursday 11th April

Safety Checks On Rooflights At 4 Island Primary Schools

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has instructed its construction contractors to carry out a full inspection and review of rooflights at 4 primary schools. Glazing panels are also being reversed to provide additional protection...

Monday 8th April

Newspaper Deliveries A Separate Issue

The Convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has rejected a suggestion by Cllr. Manford that the change in newspaper deliveries to the Islands has anything to do with the reduction in inter-island flights...

Tuesday 26th March

Fisheries Investment Scheme - First Successful Applicant Announced

The first successful applicant to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s recently launched Outer Hebrides Fisheries Investment Scheme (OHFIS) has been announced as Iain Morrison from Ness...

Comhairle Taking Steps To Mitigate Impact Of Bedroom Tax

As the implementation date of the Government’s Bedroom tax draws closer, the Comhairle is taking practical steps to try to mitigate the affects of this change on people in the Western Isles...

Monday 25th March

Planning fees increase in April 2013  

The Scottish Government has increased fees for planning applications by 20 per cent from 6 April 2013. As a result, planning applications registered by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar from this date will need to be accompanied by the new fee level...

Thursday 21st March

Edinburgh/Stornoway Flight Changes For Commercial Reasons  

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has completely rejected claims that Loganair is stopping an Edinburgh/Stornoway flight on a Friday morning because of the Comhairle’s decision on air services...

Monday 18th March

Comhairle Report Highlights Biodiversity Achievements

The second progress report on implementation of the Western Isles Local Biodiversity Action Plan (LBAP) for the period 2007 to 2011 was published by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar...

Island Youngster Gets Opportunity To Attend Filmg 2013 Awards Ceremony

A group from Comunn na Gàidhlig’s West Side of Lewis Gaelic Initiative will this weekend be making their way to Glasgow FilmG 2013 awards ceremony...

Tuesday 12th March

External Works – The Nicolson Institute

Phase II of The Nicolson Institute, comprising demolition of the former school buildings and completion of external works, has been successfully completed. The new facilities include a bus marshalling area, staff parking, an environmental garden including poly tunnels, Multi-Use Games Area, Support for Learning recreational area and a new designated pupil parking and drop off zone on Smith Ave...

Friday 8th March

OHCPP Calls For Support For Youth Petition

The Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partnership is supporting Barra Youth Council’s petition ‘calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to ensure that a universal system of Wi-Fi operates on all Caledonian MacBrayne ferries...

Tuesday 5th March

Comhairle and Crofting Commission Discussions

Convenor of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and members of the Comhairle’s Crofting Joint Consultative Committee met with Susan Walker, Convenor of the Crofting Commission, in Stornoway...

Monday 4th March

Comhairle Launches E-Sgìre

This week sees the launch of E-Sgìre, the Comhairle’s new communities web site which will provide an additional link between the Comhairle and local communities.  The Comhairle has been developing the website over the last year with a view to complementing and improving its current community engagements...

Friday 1st March

Trading Standards Advise Consumers about Servicing of Dyson Vacuum Cleaners...

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Trading Standards Service is advising consumers to be wary when responding to invitations to have their Dyson vacuum cleaners serviced in their homes...

Wednesday 27th February

Food for Thought…

An innovative scheme from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar for a new National Qualification in local food production has been approved by the Scottish Qualifications Authority...

Tuesday 19th February

Call For ETV Provision on West Coast

Responding to the announcement of an Emergency Towing Vessel (ETV) to be based at Kirkwall the Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has called for more cover for waters off the west of Scotland...

Monday 18th February

Weavers take spare parts into their own hands

The Association of Harris Tweed Weavers (AHTW) is moving forward with a project to manage and deliver a spares service for the 120 or so weavers currently working in the industry, following approval of Comhairle funding...

Friday 15th February

MP and MSP Should Stand 'Shoulder to Shoulder' With Comhairle For Western Isles

The Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has responded to comments from Western Isles MP Angus Macneil and Alasdair Allan MSP and Scottish Government Minister over the Barra/Benbecula air service...

Comhairle Sets Budget

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has set its budget for the year 2013/14 and a provisional budget for 2014/15...

Monday 11th February

Kessock Bridge Works – Delays Likely

Transport Scotland and The Highland Council are notifying the public that the first phase of major works to resurface the Kessock Bridge will start on 11 February 2013 and continue until 7 June 2013...

Wednesday 6th February

Comhairle Welcomes Judicial Review Appeal Decision

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is pleased to note that an appeal by the Scottish Government against a judicial review decision which backed Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's proposals to close two schools and end S1/S2 provision at a third, has not been successful...

Monday 4th February

Winter Maintenance Operations and Policy

Members of the public are reminded that, under the current policy, gritting operations will not start until 0600 with the highest priority routes (Priority 1 and Priority 2) to be completed by 0730 and 0830 respectively...

Budget Seminar

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar held a Seminar today to discuss the results of the public Budget Consultation meetings. Comhairle Leader Angus Campbell thanked the public for the high level of responses to the Consultation documents, which had greatly assisted the process...

Friday 1st February

Budget Seminar

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is holding a budget seminar on Monday (4th February) to consider the outcomes of the latest round of consultation meetings held throughout the Islands during the past month...

FINAL CALL FOR LEADER APPLICANTS - LAST CHANCE FOR NEW PROJECTS

LEADER will be releasing an additional sum of grant-funding shortly, for which eligible community groups can apply...

Tuesday 29th January

High Winds Warning, Evening Buses Cancelled

Evening bus services for Lewis, Harris and Uist are being cancelled because of the warnings of high winds forecast for the Western Isles. Most services will stop around 6pm. Further details...

Monday 21st January

New Year, New Learning

Community Learning Hebrides is launching a new programme of community learning classes for spring 2013 in Lewis and Harris...

Morphy Richards Electric Blankets Recalled

Trading Standards are drawing consumers’ attention to a product recall issued by Morphy Richards...

Thursday 17th January

Library Coffee Shop

The Stornoway Library Coffee Shop will be closed from Monday 28th January to Saturday 9th Feb inclusive for essential upgrades to the kitchen...

Friday 11th January

Are you making the most of your online presence?

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is teaming up with AmbITion Scotland to provide digital training to the creative and cultural sector in the Outer Hebrides...

Wednesday 9th January

Disappointment Over Possible Job Losses

Response to today's announcement from the Scottish Salmon Company regarding a review of its harvesting and processing requirements in Stornoway, ...

Latest Budget Meetings Get Underway

The Comhairle is starting its latest round of budget consultation meetings in Barra tonight, followed by meetings in Uist tomorrow night. The full programme for meetings is...


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Nigel Scott
Communications Officer
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Tel: 01851 822622 (Work)
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