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2012 (Jul - Dec) Press Releases

Thursday 20th December

January Budget Consultation Meeting Dates

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is holding the next round of budget consultation meetings on the following dates...

Ferry Plan

Responding to the publication of the Scottish Government’s Ferry Plan, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Chair of Transportation, Cllr John Mackay, said...

Tuesday 18th December

Audit Scotland BV2 follow-up Report

The Comhairle welcomes the Accounts Commission’s recognition of the progress and improvements made for managing performance and finance and in particular the potential of the performance management system in supporting elected members to monitor and scrutinise the Comhairle’s performance and impact more effectively. The Comhairle notes the Commission’s statement that, as with all new systems, the impact has yet to be fully realised...

High level of Public Support for Lochboisdale-Mallaig Ferry  

Research into public attitudes towards a Lochboisdale-Mallaig ferry shows conclusive and overwhelming support with 89% of respondents being very or quite likely to use the service...

Public Perfomance Calendar

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has produced its annual Public Performance Calendar...

Friday 14th December

Welcome For Ardveenish Harbour Funds

Comhairle nan EIlean Siar has welcomed news of a Coastal Communities fund award of £283, 341 towards the redevelopment of Ardveenish Harbour in Barra...

Tuesday 11th December

Chair Praises Good Marks For Castlebay

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's Chair of Education and Children's Services has praised the staff and pupils of Castlebay High School for their fortitude and hard work, following HMiE's confirmation that they believe the school now demonstrates its capacity for continuous improvement and will not be subject to further follow up reports....

Trades Services Contracts Supplier Events

The Comhairle is holding a series of events for potential suppliers of trades services...

Thursday 6th December

Welcome For Ferry Infrastructure Meeting

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed the outcome of today’s meeting between the Transport Minister and Stornoway Port Authority on the infrastructure requirements for the new Stornoway-Ullapool ferry...

Wednesday 5th December

Audit and Scrutiny Statement

The Chair of Audit and Scrutiny, Cllr Angus McCormack, made the following statement at the beginning of the Committee today...

Tuesday 4th December

Hebrides Range Task Force Sponsors Lochboisdale-Mallaig Ferry Survey

Hebrides Range Task Force, in conjunction with Missing Link Campaign Group, have commissioned Scotinform Ltd, an independent research company, to conduct a survey to establish demand for a Lochboisdale - Mallaig ferry service...

Thursday 29th November

Budget Process Statement

The Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Angus Campbell, commenting on the statement made by the SNP Group on the Budget process...

Wednesday 28th November

Sgire Uige Agus Ceann a Tuath nan Loch by Election - 29 November 2012

Information on Friday's by election...

Tuesday 27th November

Make Your Views Known on Post Office Move

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is reminding people that they have the opportunity to make their views known on the proposal to relocate Bayhead Post Office, Stornoway...

Public Engages With Budget Process

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has almost completed the current stage of budget consultation meetings with one additional meeting being planned for Tuesday 4 December at the Resource Centre, Ravenspoint, Kershader at 7.30pm...

Wednesday 21st November

A CrowdFunding Revolution

Are you constantly looking for the right funding route but coming up empty handed? Are you looking for alternative routes to fund your project that doesn’t rely on public bodies? Would you like to start engaging people with your project now? Crowdfunding could be your answer...

Tuesday 20th November

Welcome For Independent Review Of Barra SAC Proposal

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed the Scottish Government decision for an independent review into the scientific case for the proposed designation of Sound of Barra as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC)...

Monday 19th November

HRTF Calls On Government To Confirm Lochboisdale/Mallaig Service

The Hebrides Range Task Force (HRTF) has called on the Scottish Government to confirm that proposals for a new Lochboisdale – Mallaig ferry will be contained in the Final Ferries Plan...

Wednesday 14th November

Castle Works Under Discussion

The Lews Castle Project Board met today to discuss the future of work on Phase 1 of the Lews Castle Project following the main contractors, Patton, going into administration, and to consider all the available legal options to ensure completion of the work...

Tuesday 13th November

SGIR’ UIGE AGUS CEANN A TUATH NAN LOCH BY ELECTION

Residents of the Sgir’ Uige agus Ceann a Tuath Nan Loch ward have 24 hours to ensure that they are registered to vote in the By-election...

Comhairle Repeats Support For Lower Fuel Prices  

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has stressed its support for lower fuel prices in the Islands...

Innovative ‘Fibre to the Croft-house’ Broadband pilot in Lewis village            

The village of Dalmore on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides, is the first village in the Highlands and Islands to have their internet connection delivered into their homes using fibre optic technologies...

Budget Consultation Meetings get Underway

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Budget Consultation Meetings start this week. The programme of meetings is...

 

Thursday 8th November

Comhairle Appoints New Director of Education and Children's Services

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has appointed Mr Peter Carpenter as Director of Education and Children's Services...

Monday 5th November

PRESS RELEASE ON BEHALF OF SCALPAY COMMUNITY LAND BUYOUT STEERING GROUP

The Scalpay Community Land Buyout Steering Group are reminding eligible voters to ensure that they have returned their completed postal ballot papers by the close of poll at 4pm on Tuesday 6 November 2012...

SGIR' UIGE AGUS CEANN A TUATH NAN LOCH BY ELECTION

With less than a month to go until the Sgir' Uige agus Ceann a Tuath Nan Loch By-election residents of the ward have been reminded to make sure that they can take part in the election. Mr Malcolm Burr, Retuning Officer is highlighting some simple steps to take to ensure that they can participate in the by election...

Wednesday 31st October

Nominations Open for SYP Elections

The Scottish Youth Parliament has formally opened nominations for election to the Scottish Youth Parliament...

Comhairle Out To Consultation On Communication

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is out to consultation on its review of Communications...

Tuesday 30th October

2012 Marks Significant Milestone for Harris Tweed Industry

At its meeting yesterday in Stornoway, the Harris Tweed Industry Forum welcomed the news that 2012 has been the best year for production of the cloth in nearly 15 years...

OHCPP Sign Climate Change Declaration

The Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partnership will this week sign a ‘Climate Change Declaration’ which commits the partners to action in combating climate change...

Monday 29th October

Daliburgh School Opened

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has formally opened Daliburgh School in South Uist today (Monday October 29th)...

Comments Invited On OHCPP Regeneration Strategy

An outline structure for a new Economic Regeneration Strategy has been launched by the Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partnership (OHCPP)...

First Rounds Deasbad Bt Alba To Take Place Next Week!

The fourteenth BT Scotland National Schools Gaelic Debate will take place in Stornoway next week...

Wednesday 24th October

Commerical RET Survey Deadline

The Comhairle is encouraging local businesses to complete the online survey on the impact of the removal of commercial RET on the main island ferry routes before the survey deadline on Friday 26th October...

Sgire Uig agus Ceann an Tuath nan Loch By-Election

The nomination period for the Sgire Uig agus Ceann an Tuath nan Loch by-election closes on Monday 29 October 2012 at 4.00pm...

Budget Consultation Meetings

The Comhairle is faced with finding savings of £6.1m to balance its budget for the next two years...

Tuesday 23rd October

Did formal education really damage the Gaelic Language?

This year marks the 140th anniversary of the passing of the Education (Scotland) Act 1872 which introduced compulsory education for all across Scotland. The new Act ignored the native Gaelic language and culture of the Highlands and Islands but what was the real impact of this on the language and communities of the islands?...

Fireworks Warning

Police and Trading Standards in the Western Isles have issued a warning to the public about potentially dangerous fireworks being sold in the area...

Friday 19th October

Notice of Election - Election of Councillor for Sgir' Uige agus Ceann A Tuath nan Loch Ward

A By Election is to be held for the return of a Councillor for the Sgir' Uige agus Ceann A Tuath nan Loch Ward of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar....

Thursday 18th October

Community Economic Development Conference: “Developing Stronger Communities Together”

Almost one hundred delegates attended a high-level strategic Community Economic Development Conference in Stornoway...

Tuesday 9th October

Sgoil An Tairbeirt Formally Opened

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar today formally opened the new Sgoil an Tairbeirt in Harris...

Monday 8th October

Comhairle Meets With OFT Over Fuel Prices

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's Fuel Action Group met with representatives of the OFT to discuss fuel prices in the Islands today...

Friday 5th October

Springfield Road Construction Works

The pedestrian right of way along Springfield Road will be temporarily closed during 13-24 October 2012...

Tuesday 2nd October

New Nicolson Institute Opened

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar today formally opened the new Nicolson Institute in Stornoway...

Friday 28th September

Community Economic Development Conference

A high-level strategic Community Economic Development Conference is to be held in Stornoway on Wednesday 10 October, hosted by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar...

Wednesday 26th September

Welcome For Schools Announcement

Commenting from Cllr Catriona Stewart, Chair of Education and Children's Services on today's Scottish Government announcement of money for schools...

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 West Loch Roag in Lewis on 12 September 2012 have returned to safe levels...

Tuesday 25th September

Launch of new projects to mark Older People's Week

An innovative new project, 'Gabhaibh gréim air a' gheamhradh' (Get a grip this winter) is set to be launched by the Older People's Partnership on the first day of Older People's Week, October 1–6 2012...

Comhairle and European Social Fund initiative aims to retain more young islanders

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has launched an innovative programme to combat the social and economic impact that outward migration is having on the islands...

CNES and HI-Scot Launch New Home Improvement Loan Scheme

A new home improvement loan scheme for people with seasonal incomes has been launched by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and HI-Scot Credit Union...

Monday 24th September

Spa Repairs Set To Begin

Repairs to the Spa Pool at Ionad Spòrs Leòdhais will commence on Monday 1st October. This will mean that the Sauna and Steam Room will not be available for approximately three weeks whilst the works are undertaken...

Friday 21st September

BT Scotland National Gaelic Schools Debate

Announcement of the preliminary rounds of the prestigious BT Scotland National Gaelic Schools Debate. The first two rounds will again be held in An Lanntair in Stornoway on Wednesday the 7th and Thursday the 8th of November 2012...

Bogus Phone Calls claiming to be from Citizens Advice

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Trading Standards Service has issued a warning to consumers about bogus phone calls claiming to be from Citizens Advice...

Doorstop Sellers

Western Isles residents should beware of doorstep sellers who are currently operating in the area selling powerwashers...

Monday 17th September

Tribute to Councillor

The Convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has paid tribute to Councillor Bill Houston who died aged 60 on Saturday...

Wednesday 12th September

High Levels of Shellfish Toxin in West Loch Roag

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 11th September

Convener and Depute Sought For Children's Hearing Scotland

A new Area Support team to support Children's Panel members in the Western Isles has been set up by Children's Hearing Scotland. They are now looking for an Area Convener and Depute Area Convener...

Hydrogen vehicles in the Outer Hebrides

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has published an invitation to tender for the supply of hydrogen vehicles to the Outer Hebrides of Scotland... 

Monday 10th September

A new chapter for Museum nan Eilean

The Ist October 2012 is the start of an exciting period of development and transformation at Museum nan Eilean that will culminate in the opening of a new museum and archive building at Lews Castle in Autumn 2014...

Friday 7th September

Welcome For Stornoway Wind Farm Consent

Councillor Angus Campbell, Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, commenting on the Scottish Government decision to consent the 36 turbine Stornoway...

Levels of Shellfish Toxin back to safe levels

West Loch Roag and Seilebost Sands toxins have returned to safe levels..

Thursday 6th September

Creative Industries Strategy Published for the Outer Hebrides

A new creative and cultural industries strategy aiming to help shape the future development of the sector in the Outer Hebrides has been published this week...

Wednesday 5th September

Consultation Deadline Extended To October 12th

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has extended the deadline for responses to the community consultation ‘Working Together Over the Next Five Years’ to October 12th...

Tuesday 28th August

Council Offices, Tarbert, Isle of Harris

Following the successful completion of the Sir E Scott School (Sgoil an Tairbeirt) in Harris, Sgoiltean Ùra has appointed Alex Murray Construction Ltd as the main contractor to carry out the conversion of the former Sir E Scott Primary School...

Working Together For the Next Five Years

This Thursday, 30th August 2012, is the deadline to submit a response to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's Community consultation which will help set the strategic priorities for the current term of the Comhairle... 

School Transport Changes

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's Education and Children's Services Committee is proposing a number of changes to ease the financial implications for parents under a revised school transport policy...

Itinerant Teaching Provision To Be Looked At As Part of Budget Process

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's Education and Children's Services Committee has agreed to further consider the provision of itinerant teachers in primary schools within the Budget Choices for 2013/14...

Monday 27th August

WIDT To Increase Community Representation

The Western Isles Development Trust (WIDT) is to increase community representation on its Board of Directors...

NHS Western Isles and Comhairle Committed To Closer Joint Working

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and NHS Western Isles are considering the Scottish Government consultation proposals on the integration of Adult Health and Social Care in Scotland...

Thursday 23rd August

CnES Community Learning Classes to Commence Earlier This Year

Community Learning Hebrides, run by the Community Education Department of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, is running an initial programme of ten-week community learning classes, commencing the week beginning Monday 10 September...

High Levels of Shellfish Toxin

Monitoring work undertaken on behalf of the Food Standards Agency has identified raised levels of shellfish toxins in Seilebost Sands in Harris...

Wednesday 22nd August

Hi-Arts Hit Team In The Outer Hebrides This September

Two days of professional advice and training for cultural, creative and heritage professionals...

Tuesday 21st August

Recruitment Day : CnES – Social and Community Services

Wednesday 5th September 2012, 10am – 7pm, Stornoway Town Hall

CnES Social and Community Services Department is holding a recruitment day to promote the valuable work carried out by care workers throughout care and support services in the Western Isles...

First Days of the School Year in the Nicolson Institute and Daliburgh School

Images from the first days of the school year in the Nicolson Institute and Daliburgh School are available...

Monday 20th August

Education and the Gaelic Language Conference Postponed

The conference Education (Scotland) Act 1872 - A watershed for the Gaelic language to be held on Saturday 25 August 2012 at Balivanich School has been postponed...

Friday 17th August

Nicolson Institute To Close Early

The Nicolson Institute in Stornoway will close early today as a precaution following a chemical spill at the school...

£5m Road Strengthening Gets Underway

Road improvement works in Stornoway and Tarbert will be starting on Monday 20th August. The works are part of a £5m road strengthening programme and will take 4 weeks to complete...

Thursday 16th August

First Pupils Start Academic Year in New Daliburgh Primary School

The first pupils at the new Daliburgh Primary School (Sgoil Dhalabroig) in South Uist started the academic year today...

New Nicolson Institute Welcomes First Intake of Pupils

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will defer changes to the Home to School Transport Policy until after the October holidays, it was proposed today...

Tuesday 14th August

Building Skills Grant – 2012/13

Further to the Comhairle’s Press Release on 6 June 2012, local employers in the construction industry are reminded that the closing date for the Comhairle’s Building Skills Grant applications is Friday 24 August 2012...

Home School Transport Policy Deferral Move

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will defer changes to the Home to School Transport Policy until after the October holidays, it was proposed today...

Friday 10th August

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 Seilebost Sands in Harris on 27 July 2012 have returned to safe levels...

Tuesday 7th August

Second and final phase of Sgoil an Tairbeirt on Harris successfully completed

On August 6th 2012, the second and final phase of works at Sgoil an Tairbeirt on Harris were successfully completed and handed over by the main contractor FMP to the facilities management contractor FES FM Ltd...

High Levels of Shellfish Toxin in West Loch Roag

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...

Levels of Shellfish Toxin back to safe levels in Loch Leurbost

Monitoring work undertaken on behalf of the Food Standards Agency has identified that the high levels of shellfish toxins identified in Loch Leurbost in Lewis on 07 July 2012 have returned to safe levels...

 

Thursday 2nd August

Daliburgh Primary School in South Uist completed

On August 1st 2012, the new Daliburgh Primary School in South Uist was successfully completed to an extremely high standard and quality finish by the main contractor FMP and handed over to the facilities management contractor FES FM Ltd....

Wednesday 1st August

Comhairle Announces Community Development Conference

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will host a strategic Community Development Conference in October. It will allow a range of agencies responsible for delivering community economic development work to present and coordinate service remits, strategies and objectives with sectoral stakeholders and interested-parties...

Did Formal Education Really Damage the Gaelic Language?

This year marks the 140th anniversary of the passing of the Education (Scotland) Act 1872 which introduced compulsory education for all across Scotland...

Tuesday 31st July

The Nicolson Institute, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis

On 30th July 2012, the new Nicolson Institute in Stornoway was successfully handed over by the main contractor FMP to the facilities management contractor FES FM Ltd, paving the way for the facility to open as planned at the start of the new academic year on 16th August 2012...

Comhairle Welcomes Agreement between Marine Scotland and the Fishing Industry

The Comhairle has welcomed news of the agreement reached on Friday between Marine Scotland and the fishing industry...

Thursday 26th July

Leader of CnES Calls on Marine Scotland to Step Back from Proposals

Cllr Angus Campbell, Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, has written in to Marine Scotland in regard to their Consultation on TR2 Effort Control...

Tuesday 24th July

CNES Leader Welcomes Scottish Government Announcement of Future Support of Windfarms

Angus Campbell, Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement of its plans for future support of onshore windfarms...

Monday 23rd July

Leader Innse Gall Programme 2007–2013 - Final Projects Approved

Having awarded almost £3m to more than 80 community projects across the Outer Hebrides, the LEADER Innse Gall 2007-2013 community grants programme are unable accept further applications...

High Levels of Shellfish Toxin

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

Wednesday 18th July

Working Together for the Next Five Years

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is launching a major community consultation which will help set the strategic priorities for the Comhairle for the next five years...

Meeting With Housing and Transport Minister

Representatives of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar met with Housing and Transport minister Keith Brown this week to discuss the way forward for housing in the Islands...

Monday 16th July

Flags At Half Mast for Father Calum

The flags at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar offices are flying at half mast following the death of one of its original leaders...

Friday 13th July

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 Loch Seaforth, East Loch Tarbert and Loch Stockinish in Harris on 22 June 2012 have returned to safe levels...

Thursday 12th July

Blue-Green Algal Bloom In Loch na Creige Fraoich

There is an Algal Bloom in Loch na Creige Fraoich in North Lochs. Swallowing the water or algal scum can cause stomach upsets or more serious health effects...

Monday 9th July

High Levels of Shellfish Toxin

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

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Gaelic Plan Consultation

Sgioba na Gàidhlig is currently sending out Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Draft Gaelic Language Plan 2013-17 for a six-week period of public consultation.

Wednesday 4th July

Trading Standards Advise Consumers about Servicing of Dyson Vacuum Cleaners

Stornoway Trust has received initial funding support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to restore and improve the Lews Castle Grounds...

Monday 2nd July

Heritage Lottery Fund Boost for Castle Grounds

Stornoway Trust has received initial funding support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to restore and improve the Lews Castle Grounds...


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Nigel Scott
Communications Officer
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Tel: 01851 822622 (Work)
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