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2011 (Jul - Dec) Press Releases

Friday 23rd December

Power Supply Problems Affecting Electric Storage Heating Systems In The Western Isles

A Scottish and Southern Electric (SSE) spokesperson has advised that it hopes that all electric storage heating systems in the Western Isles will be restored this evening (Friday 23 December)...

Wednesday 21st December

Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar ‘Highly Concerned’ Over Transmission Charging Review Outcomes

The Office of the Gas and Electricity Markets (OFGEM), who regulate the UK electricity system, has published a consultation on the UK’s electricity transmission charging regime...

Tuesday 20th December

Welcome For ETV Contract Extension but Long Term Solution Still Needed

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed the extension of the contract for Emergency Towing Vessels but warned that a long term solution for the seas to the west of Scotland is still required...

Monday 19th December

Universal Home Insulation Scheme

The Comhairle is pleased to announce that Tighean Innse Gall, the local housing agency for the Outer Hebrides, has been appointed as the lead contractor for delivering the Universal Home Insulation Scheme on the islands...

School Memories on Facebook

Following the success of School Memories events held across the islands, Tasglann nan Eilean Siar has created Facebook pages to capture the memories of ex-pupils who have been unable to attend any events so far...

Winter Maintenance Policy

The last few weeks have seen the onset of winter weather and the Comhairle wishes to reiterate its revised policy on gritting and snow-clearing to the travelling and general public...

Friday 16th December

Comhairle To Look At RET Exclusion of Commercial Vehicles

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is to investigate the decision to exclude commercial vehicles over 5m from eligibility for the Road Equivalent Tariff(RET) scheme...

Wednesday 14th December

Crown Estate – Comhairle Continues Campaign For Reform

Speaking in response to the news that control of the Crown Estate revenues will not be devolved to the Scottish Parliament, Leader of the Comhairle Angus Campbell said...

Eating Safely at Christmas

Environmental Health at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are urging the community to eat safely and have a happy and healthy time over the festive period...

Tuesday 13th December

Access and Parking Changes at Comhairle Offices, Sandwick Road, Stornoway

As of Thursday 12th January, 2012, the contractor for the Western Isles School Project (WISP) will commence undertaking phase 02 of resurfacing works within the car park to the front of the Comhairle offices on Sandwick Road, Stornoway...

Monday 12th December

Remembering Airidhantuim School – rescheduled!
15th December 2011

Last Thursday’s storm meant that the planned ceilidh at Airidhantuim School sadly had to be cancelled at short notice.  Undeterred, the event has now been rescheduled to Thursday 15th December!...

Thursday 8th December

Emergency Travel Advice

Western Isles Emergency Planning Co-ordination Group (WIEPCG) is advising drivers on Lewis and Harris not to travel unless absolutely necessary between the hours of 5pm and 7pm....

SEVERE WEATHER

Due to the forecast for severe weather later today (Thursday 8th December 2011) Council Offices will close at 4.00pm. Barra office closed earlier today. In addition, depots, Sport and Leisure Facilities, Libraries and Museums will close at 4.00pm for today...

Schools To Close Early

The current weather forecasts are suggesting winds between 60 and 85mph with the possibility of some snow for the Western isles area...

Wednesday 7th December

Comhairle To Complain Over TV Comments 

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is complaining to Channel 5 and OfCom about a television show in which comments were made about the murder enquiry into the death of Western Isles teenager Liam Aitchison...

Tuesday 6th December

Udal Project

The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, managed by the Museums Association, has awarded one of six grants, from a total of 118 applications, to the Comhairle...

Friday 2nd December

Western Isles Education Stars Sought For National Acclaim

Local people across the Western Isles are being called upon to help find the area’s brightest education stars...

Tuesday 29th November

Strike Action Will Disrupt Services

Disruptions to Comhairle services are expected tomorrow, Wednesday 30 November, as a result of industrial action...

Warm Welcome For RET Announcement

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has warmly welcomed the news that RET on Western Isles ferry routes is to made permanent and that it is to be extended to include the Sounds of Harris and Barra.

Best Value and Community Planning Report Published

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar welcomes the publication of The Audit of Best Value and Community Planning by Audit Scotland for the Accounts Commission...

Monday 28th November

Airidhantuim Primary School : Informal afternoon to remember school memories (8th December 2011)

Teachers, pupils and parents from Airidhantuim School are inviting past and present pupils and staff to share their school memories at an informal ceilidh afternoon to be held at the school on the 8th December...

Western Isles Libraries Reader-in-Residence – Ian Stephen

Ian Stephen has taken up the position of Reader-in-Residence for Western Isles Libraries...

Thursday 24th November

Telephone Scam

The Comhairle’s Trading Standards department are warning Self-Catering Accommodation Operators to be wary of telephone calls for unpaid invoices for internet advertising...

Tuesday 22nd November

Industrial Action – 30th November

Disruptions to Comhairle services are expected on Wednesday 30 November as a result of industrial action...

Heritage Lottery Fund Grant for Lews Castle Brings Economic Optimism to the Hebrides

Today, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) announced an investment of £4.6m to revitalise one of the most magnificent castles on a Scottish island...

Tuesday 15th November

Barvas Primary School - Informal Afternoon for School Memories

To kick start a calendar of events before the new Westside School opens next year, the pupils, parents and staff of Barvas School are holding an informal afternoon at the school on the 22nd November....

South Ford Public Meeting

The results of the South Ford Hydrodynamic Study will be presented to local residents at a public meeting to be held in Talla an Iochdair, South Uist beginning at 7.30pm during the evening of Wednesday 23rd November....

Monday 14th November

Community Groups Invited to Take Part in Olympic Torch Relay in Stornoway

The Western Isles Olympic Torch Relay Community Task Force are inviting community groups in the Western Isles to express an interest in taking part in the Olympic Torch Relay in Stornoway on Monday the 11th of June 2012....

Tuesday 8th November

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Preparing for Winter

In the weeks to come, as the colder days of winter approach, the Comhairle, along with its partner organisations, will be preparing our own winter resilience...

WIEPCG Launches New Website and Facebook Page

The Western Isles Emergency Planning Co-ordinating Group (WIEPCG) has today launched their new website and Facebook page...

Monday 7th November

Ministerial Approval for the ‘Innovative Work’ of the Outer Hebrides Community Safety Partnership

Representatives from all 32 local Authority areas gathered in Edinburgh last week to consider future priorities for Community Safety in Scotland...

Na h-Eileanan an Iar Chosen as London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Route

Na h-Eileanan an Iar has today been named by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) as a host location for the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Route...

Wednesday 2nd November

Disappointment As Western Isles Schemes Miss Out

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has said it is ‘disappointing’ that the Western Isles has missed out on money awarded under the Scottish Government’s Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) scheme....

Tuesday 1st November

Comhairle Calls For United Front On Crown Estate reform

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is to spearhead a new campaign to involve Community organisations in the reform of the Crown Estate and the transfer of their revenues to community ownership....

Proposed Phase 1 Works to Comhairle / ISL Car Park
Temporary Car Park Alterations

On 7th November 2011, FMP will commence a six week programme of works to resurface the main car park area to the rear of the Comhairle HQ and which predominantly serves the Sports Centre...

Monday 31st October

Scalpay School Want Your Help!

The pupils, parents and staff of Scalpay School are planning an exciting calendar of events to mark the school’s long history before its closure next summer...

Tuesday 25th October

Window Sellers Not From Comhairle or HHP

Door step sales operators who claim to work for the Comhairle or Hebridean Housing Partnership (HHP) are calling on households in Lewis...

Budget Consultation Meetings

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will be holding a number of budget consultation meetings in the Western Isles between the 1st and the 8th of November 2011...

Monday 24th October

Local Development Plan Consultation Underway

The Outer Hebrides Proposed Local Development Plan (LDP) has been published and the community is invited to comment on it...

Thursday 20th October

Learn Something New Today!

Community Learning Hebrides is launching a new programme of community learning classes for winter 2011 in Lewis and Harris...

Wednesday 19th October

Gaelic Band Niteworks Performing at Fortrose Lodge

On Friday night (21st) the highly successful Gaelic band Niteworks will be performing at Fortrose Lodge in Stornoway...

Tuesday 18th October

Circus Stars at Stornoway Library

A group of Circus Stars gathered at Stornoway library on Thursday 13th October, where councillors Archie K Campbell and Annie Macdonald presented each child with a certificate and medal for having successfully completed the library’s Summer Reading Challenge 2011...

Thursday 13th October

Conservation Area Events

The Comhairle is seeking views on draft Management Plans for Gearrannan, Stornoway, Howmore and Ruisgarry Conservation Areas...

Tuesday 11th October

Invite to Bilingualism Matters!

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar invite you to the launch of BILINGUALISM MATTERS WESTERN ISLES BRANCH...

Training of new Harris Tweed Weavers Set to Get Underway

A new training course designed to encourage new weavers into the Harris Tweed industry is set to start on Tuesday 11 October 2011 in specially adapted premises in Stornoway...

Monday 10th October

Comhairle Queries ‘Jamming’ Effects on Isles’ Communications Networks

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is writing to the Ministry of Defence asking for clarity on what effect the ‘jamming’ involved in military exercises has had on communications in the Islands over the past few days...

Wednesday 5th October

Statement Re Winter Maintenance

Following the Comhairle retendering of the winter maintenance contracts, the Chairman of the Transportation Committee, Cllr Donald Manford, said...

Tuesday 4th October

Milestone For Daliburgh School

A major milestone has been reached in the construction of the new Daliburgh Primary School on South Uist...

Working Together on Securing Emergency Tug Service  

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar welcomed the Secretary of State for Scotland, Michael Moore MP, to Stornoway today for discussions...

Monday 3rd October

Comhairle Seeking Views on Management Plan for Conservation Areas

The Comhairle is seeking views on a draft Management Plan for Gearrannan, Stornoway, Howmore and Ruisgarry Conservation Areas...

Nominations for Community Councils

Nominations for Community Council candidates must be returned by 4pm on Tuesday 4th October...

Friday 30th September

Councils Welcome ETV Announcement

Responding to an announcement today that both the Western Isles and Shetland Emergency Towing Vessels will be in service for the next three months...

Thursday 29th September

CNES Warn Consumers about Doorstep Salesmen

CNES Trading Standards officials have issued a warning to consumers in Lewis about doorstep salesmen operating in their area...

Sgoil Bhaile a’ Mhanaich Officially Opened by Former Pupils

Sgoil Bhaile a’ Mhanaich was officially opened today by former pupils of Balivanich Primary School, May MacDonald and Mary MacAulay.  The new school is the first in Uist for 20 years...

Tuesday 27th September

Point School Formally Opened

Sgoil An Rubha (Point School) was formally opened today by Professor Matt Maciver CBE, Chair of the University of the Highlands and Islands Court. The new school is the first to be opened on Lewis for 18 years...

Comhairle Taking Part in 24-hour Twitter Event

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is taking part in the 24-hour Twitter event #whatwedo from noon today (Tuesday) until noon tomorrow (Wednesday)...

Monday 26th September

Comhairle Submits ETV Action Plan

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have submitted an Action Plan to the Department of Transport oulining an approach for the next six months in relation to securing the Emergency Towing Vehicle (ETV)...

Friday 23rd September

Harris Area Office- Relocation

From Monday 26th September the CNES Harris Area Office will operate from within Tarbert Police Station...

Community Council Elections

The following have been elected to serve as members of North Uist Community Council:...

Thursday 22nd September

Comhairle Congratulate Pròiseact nan Ealan and Hebridean Celtic Festival

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has congratulated Pròiseact nan Ealan and the Hebridean Celtic Festival for their performance in this years Scottish Events Awards...

Tuesday 20th September

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is this week hosting a transnational Project Meeting for the ambitious ISLEPACT project...

Monday 19th September

St Kilda and Mingulay Log Books Go Online

The last school log books for the abandoned islands of St Kilda and Mingulay have gone online, revealing glimpses of community life on these remote Scottish islands...

Friday 16th September

Emergency Tugs – If UK Government Has The Will, There’s A Way

TThe Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Angus Campbell, has expressed disappointment that the UK Government has so far failed to recognise the case for retaining Scotland’s Emergency Towing Vessels (ETVs)...

Thursday 15th September

Welcome For Fuel Price Scheme But Prices Go Up

The Convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Cllr Alex MacDonald, has welcomed the step forward for a 5p fuel reduction scheme for Island areas but...

Monday 12th September

SEPA Flood Alert For Western Isles

SEPA has issued a flood alert for the Western Isles...

Friday 9th September

Weather Warning

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and its Community Planning Partners are monitoring weather conditions in the light of a weather alert from the MET...

Thursday 8th September

Last Days For Lewis Chessmen Unmasked

Monday 12th September is the last day of the Lewis Chessmen: Unmasked exhibition and the last opportunity to see and learn more about these iconic figures...

Tuesday 6th September

Save Scotland’s Tugs

People supporting the campaign to save the Emergency Tugs serving the north and west coasts of Scotland can now let their views be known...

Comhairle Seeks Contractor Interest for Lews Castle Envelope Repair Works

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is seeking expressions of interest from contractors in relation to envelope repair works to Lews Castle...

Monday 5th September

Urgenct Action Sought To Extend Tugs Contract

The Emergency Towing Vessel (ETV) Task Group met in Inverness on Friday 2 September to agree urgent action to convince the UK Government to extend the contract for the 2 ETVs in the Highlands and Islands for 6 months...

Thursday 1st September

New Gaelic and English Dictionary

A new Gaelic and English dictionary covering the professional language of local government and business has been launched on the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar website...

Meeting of Goose Management Group

At a meeting of the Lewis and Harris Goose Management Group last week the problems associated with the increasing presence of Greylag Geese on the islands were discussed...

Tuesday 30th August

HMIe Report on The Nicolson Institute

The HMIe report following the recent inspection of the Nicolson Institute praised the school’s polite and well behaved young people who are keen to learn and contribute to the school...

HMIe Report on Shawbost School

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed the HMIe report on its recent inspection of Shawbost school.  The report has identified  that young people’s learning and personal development are well supported in the school...

Monday 29th August

Major Exercise at LPG Plant in Stornoway - Reminder

There will be a major exercise taking place at the Scotland Gas Networks Liquid Petroleum Gas plant on Sandwick road from 7.30pm tomorrow (Tuesday the 30th of August)...

Community Council Elections 2011 - Reminder

Nominations for the Community Councils in the Western Isles close at 4pm tomorrow (Tuesday the 30th of August) afternoon...

Thursday 25th August

New Laws on the Sale of Tobacco - Scottish Tobacco Retailers Register

After the 1st October 2011, it will be illegal for retailers to sell tobacco products if they are not registered with the Scottish Government...

Wednesday 24th August

Community Council Elections 2011

MThe Comhairle is seeking nominations for each of the Community Councils within Na H-Eileanan an Iar. ..

Tuesday 22nd August

Major Exercise at LPG Plant in Stornoway

Major Multi Agency “Live” Exercise to take place at Scotland Gas Networks LPG Plant, Sandwick Road, Stornoway at 7.30pm on Tuesday 30th August 2011....

Thursday 19th August

New Schools Welcome First Pupils

Sgoil an Rubha and Sgoil Bhaile a’ Mhanaich yesterday welcomed the first pupils to the new primary schools as the new academic year commenced...

Tuesday 16th August

Councillors Welcome Completion of Sgoil an Rubha

Councillors for Sgìre an Rubha, Donald John Macsween, Norman Macleod and Donald Nicholson, have issued a joint statement welcoming the completion of Sgoil an Rubha and looking forward to its opening to pupils on Thursday...

Friday 12th August

Computer Scam

Trading Standards Officers at the Comhairle are advising consumers to be aware of a computer repair scam...

Thursday 11th August

New Point Primary School Completes

On the 10th August 2011, the new Point Primary School was completed and formally handed over, on time and on budget, by the main contractor FMP...

Visit from Minister for Local Government and Planning

The Scottish Minister for Local Government and Planning, Aileen Campbell, is today visiting the Western Isles...

Wednesday 10th August

Reduction in Hours of Road Lighting

Last February, as part of its budget setting exercise, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar decided on a reduction in the number of hours that road lighting would be lit across the islands...

Building Skills Grant Reminder

Employers in the construction industry who wish to receive funding support from the Comhairle’s Building Skills Grant for Apprentices are reminded...

Tuesday 9th August

Comhairle Welcomes Improvement in Pupils’ Exam Performance

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed results which have shown that there has been an overall improvement in Western Isles pupils’ exam performance this year...

Trading Standards Reminding Householders to Report Doorstep Traders

Trading Standards at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are thanking members of the public who alerted their officers to the tarmac gang who were recently operating in Lewis...

Monday 8th August

Unsolicited Approaches from Tarmac Gangs

Sgoiltean Ùra and FMP, the main contractor responsible for the construction of the Western Isles Schools Project, are aware of the recent press surrounding householders receiving unsolicited approaches from tarmac gangs...

Blue-green Algae Levels in Loch Sandabhat at Safe Level

The levels of cyanobacteria (Blue-green algae) in Loch Sandabhat are now at a safe level...

Builders and Homeowners - Looking After and Maintaining Traditional Buildings

As part of the ongoing training programme in traditional skills and awareness, next Friday (19th) sees a major presentation on the maintenance of traditional buildings with particular reference to the domestic homeowner...

Coastguard Task Group to Push for the Retention of Stornoway Tug

A meeting of the Outer Hebrides Coastguard Task Group on Friday the 5th of August discussed recent announcements in regard to the retention of Stornoway Coastguard Station and the new consultation on the next phase of Coastguard Modernisation proposals...

Thursday 4th August

Blue-Green Algae

Recent samples taken at Loch Sandabhat in north Lochs have indicated the presence of blue-green algae...

Wednesday 3rd August

New Milestone Reached in the Delivery of the Western Isles Schools Project Balivanich Primary School, Benbecula

Another major milestone has been achieved on the Western Isles Schools Project...

Warning about Tarmac Gangs

Trading Standards officers at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are warning householders about agreeing to unsolicited approaches from tarmac gangs that may be operating in the Western Isles...

Thursday 28th July

Legislation Puts New Obligation on Toy Manufacturers

The new European Toy Safety Directive came into force on the 20th of July 2011. These new rules introduce strict safety requirements ensuring that children benefit from the highest levels of protection...

All Welcome for Tasglann’s Old Shops of Stornoway Event

Tasglann nan Eilean Siar (Hebridean Archives) is co-hosting an event with Stornoway Historical Society in Stornoway Library on Thursday 11 August starting at 7pm looking at the Old Shops of Stornoway...

New Milestone Reached in the Delivery of the Western Isles Schools Project Balivanich Primary School, Benbecula

Another major milestone has been achieved on the Western Isles Schools Project...

Warning about Scam Callers

CNES Trading Standards Service has issued a warning to consumers reminding them not to divulge any personal finance information to anyone who calls them out of the blue...

Friday 22nd July

Coastal Communities Fund A Step In The Right Direction

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed the announcement of a Coastal Communities Fund, funded from Crown Estate revenues, as a step in the right direction...

HIE and Comhairle Welcome MOD Range Commitment

Following a detailed briefing meeting with the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and QinetiQ, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Highlands and Islands Enterprise have warmly welcomed the commitment to...

Tuesday 19th July

Grandmaster Chess Display

As part of the Lewis Chessmen: Unmasked Exhibition at Museum nan Eilean in Stornoway - there will be there will be a Grandmaster Simultaneous Chess display on...

Monday 18th July

'Linda's Challenge 2011'

In an exceptional feat of endurance as part of 'Linda's Challenge 2011' Rhoda Bamsey, 40, Uig, Isle of Lewis has completed a course never before tackled in this way...

Islanders urged to consider applying for a Boiler replacement grant

The Scottish Government are currently offering a £400 grant towards the cost of replacing an old and inefficient boiler with a new one...

Thursday 14th July

Welcome For Coastguard Decision But Work Continues On Emergency Tugs

Responding to the announcement today that both Stornoway and Shetland Coastguard Stations will be retained on a 24 hour basis, the leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Angus Campbell, said...

Lewis Pupils’ Biscuits at Westminster Reception

The prize-winning biscuits created by Pupils at Sgoil a’ Bhac and produced by Stag Bakeries were shown on Tuesday at the Food and Drink Federation’s Annual Parliamentary reception in the House of Commons...

Tuesday 13th July

Grant for Udal Project in North Uist

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Archaeology Service has recently secured a grant from Historic Scotland equivalent to 70% of the cost of the ambitious Udal project in North Uist...

Tuesday 12th July

Flag Consultation

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is holding an online consultation to obtain views on a new flag design for the Western Isles...

Building Skills Grant – 2011/12

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 2011/12...

Submerged Archaeology Presentation

Submerged archaeology specialists Dr Jonathan Benjamin and Dr Andrew Bicket from Wessex Archaeology, a UK wide charity, will be giving a public presentation in the Council Chamber at 7pm on Monday 18th July...

 

Monday 11th July

Busy Week Ahead

At least 18 vessels are anticipated to visit Stornoway this weekend as part of The Tall Ships Race 2011...

Thursday 7th July

Budget Setting Seminar

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are holding a budget setting seminar at 11am on Friday 15th July...

Press Notice - Call For Share of Crown Estates Profits To Be Used For Emergency Tugs

The Crown Estate should pay for Emergency tugs serving the north and west of Scotland, says the leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Angus Campbell....

Monday 4th July

Local Firm Awarded Contract for Harris House

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has awarded a £4.25m contract for a new care facility in Harris to UBC Ltd...


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Nigel Scott
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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

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