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2013 (Jul - Dec) Press Releases

Monday 23rd December

Agencies On Weather Alert 

The multi-agency Emergency Planning Group for the Western Isles, WIEPCG, met today to discuss the severe weather forecast for the Islands on Tuesday (24th December)...

Thursday 19th December

Warning about Banking Phone Scam

Trading Standards Officers and the Police are warning consumers to be aware of a banking phone scam which is currently operating in the Western Isles. These callers are encouraging the responder to phone their own bank on the number given on the rear of their bank card...

Wednesday 18th December

Agencies On Weather Alert

The multi-agency Emergency Planning Group for the Western Isles, WIEPCG, met today to discuss the severe weather forecast for the Islands on Wednesday night and Thursday morning (18th and 19th December)...

Monday 9th December

CNES to undertake Pre-consultation on Redesign of Homecare Services

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are to undertake a pre-consultation on the redesign of Homecare Services.

Friday 6th December

Shawbost School Closure

Shawbost School will be closed on Friday, 6 December 2013...

Lionacleit and Carinish School Closures

Lionacleit and Carinish School will also be closed on Friday, 6 December 2013 ..

Power problems across islands

North and South Shawbost, Loch Carnan and Creagorry worst hit areas...

Thursday 5th December

Motorists Urged to Show Caution

Subzero road temperatures along with snow showers throughout the evening and overnight may lead to difficult driving conditions. Road gritting will be undertaken in the early evening...

Wednesday 4th December

Update on Weather Disruption to Services

The following notification of severe weather was received from the Met Office -...

Wednesday 4th December

Agencies On Weather Alert

The multi-agency Emergency Planning Group for the Western Isles, WIEPCG, met today to discuss the severe weather forecast for the Islands on Thursday (5th December)...

Strike Price Disappointment

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has reacted with disappointment to the news that the UK Government is not planning a differentiated price for islands’ generated renewable energy...

Monday 2nd December

Agreement on Way Forward For Islands’ Future

Leaders of the 3 Island Councils and the Secretary of State for Scotland have agreed to work towards a Concordat to take forward the ‘Our Islands Our Future’ initiative...

Thursday 28th November

Glasgow Gaelic School victorious in final of Deasbad BT Alba 2013

Following on from the publication of the White Paper yesterday at the Scottish Parliament the excitement continued at the building this evening as the final of the 2013 BT Scotland Gaelic Debate took place in Committee Room One..

Wednesday 27th November

Finalists Announced for Deasbad BT Alba 2013

It was an historical evening for Glasgow Gaelic School as this was the first time they had reached the semi-final stages of the BT Alba Gaelic Debate...

Foundations Laid For New Museum And Archive At Lews Castle

The foundations for the new Museum and Archive at Lews Castle, due to open in July 2015, have been laid...

Thursday 21st November

Inter-Island Air Discount Scheme

As part of the ongoing work to assess the feasibility of an inter-island air discount scheme, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will consider the financial implications for inter-island air services...

Wednesday 20th November

Comhairle Community Capital Grant Fund - First Round Successes

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have considered a number of first round applications from community groups that are progressing local projects in the Outer Hebrides.

Monday 18th November

Scottish Awards For Quality In Planning

The Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning is one of the government’s most prestigious events and celebrates achievements in planning...

Autism Strategy

Autism has been the subject of a number of initiatives over the past decade, considerable efforts have been made to improve diagnosis and assessment, to create consistent service standards...

Friday 15th November

European Commission Conference - 'Communication of European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020'

The European Commission has organised an exciting Conference regarding the future EU Structural and Investment funds...

Success at SQA Star Awards 2013

Two teachers from Castlebay School in Barra have been commended for their commitment to learning...

Tuesday 12th November

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Success at Scottish National Renewable Energy Awards

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have been Awarded First Prize for the level of Combined Heat and Power installed (CHP) at the Scottish Renewable Energy Awards.

Thursday 7th November

Youth Employability Scotland

In June 2013, the Scottish Government contracted with Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar to manage the delivery of the Youth Employment Scotland Fund for up to 45 non public sector employees...

Wednesday 6th November

Udal Allocation

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is delighted to announce that a request to the Scottish Archaeology Finds Allocations Panel (SAFAP) in October 2013 for the Udal Archive has been successful...

Monday 4th November

National Consumer Week – Buying a Used car

Trading Standards at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are steering people in the Western Isles in the right direction, this November, when it comes to buying a used car...

Comhairle Secure £500k from Gaelic School Capital Fund

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have successfully applied for £500k from the Government’s Gaelic School Capital Fund for the expansion of Gaelic Medium Education throughout the Western Isles...

Deasbad Bt Alba 2013 Only A Week Away

With just a week left before the 2013 BT Gaelic Debate begins competitors across the country will be busy preparing for this prestigious competition... 

Friday 1st November

Fisheries JCC Meeting

The Outer Hebrides Fisheries Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) met today to discuss strategic priorities and actions affecting the fishing industry in the Outer Hebrides...

‘Slainte Mhath’ Sports Centre Facility Scheme Earns National Acclaim

Sports Facility Access Scheme project ‘Slainte Mhath’ was used as an example of good practice and a council ‘doing an excellent job’ on Thursday’s edition of BBC Reporting Scotland and on BBC Radio Good Morning Scotland. Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s investment in establishing the project has seen an increase of over 25% in the numbers using the facilities...

Tuesday 29th October

Leaders and Minister hold joint discussions on Islands campaign

The Leaders of Scotland’s three Islands Councils held talks with the Scottish Government today on issues of key importance to the communities they serve...

Western Isles Autism Strategy

The Scottish Autism Strategy (2011) is vital to ensure that progress is made across Scotland in improving and delivering quality services...

Monday 28th October

Local workshops encourage people to join historic archiving project

Local volunteers are being sought to help transcribe historic archives in the largest crowdsourcing project of its kind in Scotland...

Our Islands - Our Future Consultation

The Our Islands – Our Future initiative is gathering momentum as Scotland’s three island councils seek to gain more powers for the islands, whatever the outcome of the 2014 referendum...

Wednesday 23rd October

Annual Inspection of Premises Licensed to Sell Fireworks

Trading Standards Officers and Fire Officers have now completed their annual inspection of premises licensed to sell fireworks in the Western Isles. All premises met requirements...

Monday 21st October

Western Isles Libraries’ Book Week Scotland Celebrations

Western Isles Libraries is holding a series of special events to celebrate Book Week Scotland 2013 (25 November – 1 December)...

Thursday 17th October

Audio Europa Competition

Ahead of the next European Parliamentary elections taking place between 22nd and 25th May 2014, the Scottish Youth Parliament and the European Parliament Office in Edinburgh are hosting the Audio Europa competition designed to give young people across Scotland the chance to share their views on why it is important to vote...

Tuesday 15th October

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 Balivanich Hall, Uist, on Wednesday 6th November at 7:30pm. The Community Resilience meeting is part of a series of meetings to be held in communities across the Western Isles...

Thursday 3rd October

Taster Sessions on World Mental Health Day

Lifelong learning is recognised as great way of maintaining, and improving, health and well-being...

Wednesday 2nd October

Comhairle Scores Bronze In European Champions League

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has been awarded Third Prize in the prestigious European Renewable Energy Champions League 2013 competition...

Algal Bloom Loch Nan Ritheanan, Keose

There is an Algal Bloom in Loch Nan Ritheanan, Keose in North Lochs...

Tuesday 1st October

Nature Tourism Project Wins European Award

The Outer Hebrides LEADER funded ‘Nature Tourism’ Project, which is managed locally by the Outer Hebrides Tourism Industry Association, has fought off strong competition to win the Tourism category at the 2013 Nordic-Baltic LEADER Co-operation Awards...

Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland : Area Based Scheme Press Release

Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar (CNES), partnering with Tighean Innse Gall (TIG), have successfully secured funding towards the delivery of up to £3.5 million of Energy Efficiency Measures for private homes within the Western Isles...

Monday 30th September

Youth Consultation & Conferences

The Youth Engagement Team at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are in the process of planning a series of Youth Conferences throughout the Islands...

Thursday 26th September

Welcome For Ferry Service

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed the introduction of a pilot winter ferry service between Lochboisdale and Mallaig announced today by Transport Minister Keith Brown...

Tuesday 24th September

Employability Fund (EF)

If you are aged 16 or over and unemployed, then the Scottish Government’s Employability Fund Programme may be for you. It is delivered in partnership between Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar, Cothrom (a training provider in South Uist) and Lews Castle College UHI. ...

SVQ Presentation Ceremony 2013

Over the past year a total of 80 candidates including employees and modern apprentices based within a variety of employers throughout the Outer Hebrides have received their SVQ certificates. ...

Monday 23rd September

Comhairle Leader's Our Islands Our Future Conference Speech

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Leader Angus Campbell's speech from the "Our Islands Our Future" conference in Orkney...

Thursday 19th September

COMHAIRLE COMMUNITY CAPITAL GRANTS - APPLICATIONS DEADLINE!

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is currently preparing to consider new applications to its Community Capital Grants Fund (CCGF) from a range of community enterprises progressing their local capital projects across the Outer Hebrides...

Donald Ewen wins Mobile Library Champion of the Year Award

Donald Ewen Morrison, one of Western Isles Libraries’ mobile Library Assistants, has been awarded the CILIP Mobile Library Champion award for 2013.  The award, presented by the CILIP, was announced on Saturday 14th September at the organisations’ annual Mobilemeet which took place in Chorley, Lancashire....

Wednesday 18th September

Opening of New Council Office in Harris

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar yesterday formally opened their new office in Harris. The old primary school building has been renovated to a high standard and now houses Comhairle employees as well as other local community services...

Tuesday 17th September

Strike Price ‘Move In Right Direction’

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has describe the move to provide incentives for on-shore windfarms on the Scottish Islands as a step in the right direction but have warned that it may not be enough to retain developers in the Outer Hebrides...

Friday 13th September

Warning about Doorstep Salesmen and National Campaign Week

The Comhairle will be supporting a National Raising Awareness Campaign next week to crack down on bogus callers...

Wednesday 11th September

Youth Employment Scotland

The Scottish Government 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...

Monday 9th September

BT Scotland National Gaelic Schools Debate 2013 Draw Announced

The announcement of the preliminary rounds of the prestigious BT Scotland National Gaelic Schools Debate has been made and the 2013 competition looks set to be another excellent year for the prestigious competitions...

Business Gateway 'MyBusiness' App for Mobile Devices Launched

Existing business owners and budding entrepreneurs can now download a valuable new business tool following the launch of the first free business advice app in Scotland...

Friday 6th September

Comhairle Welcomes MPs Move to Ask Scottish Government to Fund Air Services

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar today welcomed comments by the Western Isles MP Angus Macneil that he was to approach the Scottish Government to ask them to directly fund the inter-island Public Service Obligation (PSO) air routes...

Wednesday 4th September

Comhairle Honours Island Games Competitors

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar honoured Island Games athletes from the Western Isles at a civic reception held at Stornoway Town Hall tonight...

Inter-Island Air Discount Scheme To Be Raised Next Week

The Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Angus Campbell, is to move at next week’s Policy and Resources Committee for a report on an inter-island Air Discount Scheme to be operated in a similar way to that operated for flights to and from Scottish Islands. This would mean that public authorities, including the Health Board and the Comhairle, would pay the full fares on air flights whilst members of the public would pay a reduced rate...

Monday 2nd September

New Harbour at Ardveenish

Following a competitive tendering process Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is pleased to announce that local firm Macinnes Brothers has been awarded the £1.5 million contract to construct a new harbour at Ardveenish, Isle of Barra. This will create a sheltered, fit-for-purpose harbour at Ardveenish, a positive development to existing facilities and which complements recent private investment in the fishing fleet and processing sector...

New Probation Teachers Get a Gaelic Taster

As part of their training, the new probation teachers working for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will meet several times during the academic year...

Friday 30th August

Levels of Shellfish Toxin back to safe levels in South Ford

Monitoring work undertaken on behalf of the Food Standards Agency has identified that the high levels of shellfish toxins identified in South Ford in South Uist on 15 August 2013 have returned to safe levels...

Thursday 29th August

COMHAIRLE SUPPORTS NATIONAL ‘MAKE YOUNG PEOPLE YOUR BUSINESS WEEK’

Phase 2 of the Lews Castle and Museum nan Eilean project is now underway and already a local firm is benefitting from sub-contracting opportunities...

Tuesday 27th August

Warning about Doorstep Salesmen

The Comhairle is asking the public to be wary of salesmen who are going door-to-door with leaflets...

Thursday 25th August

CNES SQA Results Press Release August 2013

Western Isles Schools show an encouraging trend of improvement at almost all levels, according to SQA examination data released in August 2013...

Thursday 22nd August

Bank Scam

Trading Standards are advising consumers to protect themselves from banking scams which are currently circulating throughout Scotland...

Wednesday 21st August

High Levels of Shellfish Toxin in East Loch Roag

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

Thursday 15th August

High Levels of Shellfish Toxin

Monitoring work undertaken on behalf of the Food Standards Agency has identified raised levels of shellfish toxins in South Ford in South Uist...

Wednesday 14th 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 West Loch Roag -  Miavaig and Eilean Tenish in Lewis on 26 June 2013 have returned to safe levels...

Monday 12th August

Welcome For Outer Hebrides Marketing Campaign

The Outer Hebrides Area Tourism Partnership has welcomed Visit Scotland's announcement of a major marketing campaign to promote the Outer Hebrides following the success of the BBC nature documentary Hebrides: Islands on the Edge...

Seeking images of Bragar School

Calling all Bragar School alumni - Urras Coimhearsnachd Bhràdhagair agus Àrnoil (Bragar & Arnol Community Trust) need your help!  The Trust is planning an exhibition of photographs and artefacts relating to Bragar School to be held in the former school itself in December 2013.  We are seeking class and staff photographs and images of school activities covering the schools history of 1878-2012 to feature in the exhibition...

Friday 9th August

Building Skills Grant – 2013/14

Construction Industry Employers in the Western Isles are reminded that the closing date for the Comhairle’s Building Skills Grant applications is Friday 23 August 2013...

Levels of Shellfish Toxin Back to Safe Levels Seilebost Sands

Monitoring work undertaken on behalf of the Food Standards Agency has identified that the high levels of shellfish toxins identified in Seilebost Sands and Northon Beach in Harris on 25 July 2013 have returned to safe levels...

Tuesday 6th August

Debenhams Sleeping Beauty Electric Blanket Recall

Trading standards are advising that there is an electric blanket recall announced by Debenhams...

Thursday 1st August

Levels of Shellfish Toxin Back to Safe Levels Loch Leurbos

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 17 July 2013 have returned to safe levels...

Wednesday 31st July

Levels of Shellfish Toxin Back to Safe Levels East Loch Roag

Monitoring work undertaken on behalf of the Food Standards Agency has identified that the high levels of shellfish toxins identified in East Loch Roag in Lewis on 13 June 2013 have returned to safe levels...

Training Opportunities within the Harris Tweed Industry  

As demand for Harris Tweed continues a new training programme has been developed to ensure traditional skills are maintained within the industry.  The training opportunities, focused on the sustainable growth of the industry, are funded by the European Social Fund, Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the Harris Tweed Industry...

Additional Funding To Alleviate Impact Of Bedroom Tax

The Comhairle has welcomed yesterday’s announcement by Lord Freud, the Minister for Welfare Reform, that an extra £5 million will be added to the national Discretionary Housing Payments fund to help the 21 least densely populated areas in Great Britain...

Thursday 25th July

High Levels of Shellfish Toxin - Seilebost Sands

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

Sadness For Former Convener

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is flying its flags at half mast following the death of former Convener of the Comhairle, Donald M Mackay OBE...

Friday 19th July

Comhairle Praises Island Athletes

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has congratulated the athletes representing the Western Isles at the Island Games taking place in Bermuda...

Wednesday 17th 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...

Monday 15th July

Pre-Prepared Meals For The Home Care Service

The Comhairle is holding an additional event for potential suppliers...

Information Event to mark The European Year of Citizens 2013

The Europe Direct Information Centre – Outer Hebrides, which is hosted by the Comhairle, is supporting an information event on Tuesday 16 July 2013 at 2pm with NHS Western Isles, in the Western Isles Hospital foyer...

Friday 12th July

Warning to Consumers

Trading Standards have issued a warning to home owners in the Western Isles to be on their guard if they receive a visit from mainland based companies offering to carry out repairs to their property...

Wednesday 10th July

Review of Broadbay bus services from April 2014 – Passenger Survey.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is conducting a consultation on bus services in the Broadbay area and all interested are invited to give their views either online or by a hard copy questionnaire...

Tuesday 9th July

Comhairle Leader Welcomes Additional Housing Funding

In response to additional Government funding and the publication of a new Report into affordable housing subsidy levels Angus Campbell, Comhairle Leader, said “I welcome the fact that the Scottish Government has recognised ...

Community Capital Grant Fund - £1.8 million available to eligible groups

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar recently allocated £1.8 million from the 2013-2018 Capital Programme to a new capital grant fund to support communities to develop community-based sustainable economic development projects in their area ...

Monday 8th July

Proiseact Tormod an t-Seòladair

Celebrating The Life and Legacy of Dr Norman Morrison (1869-1949). Proiseact Tormod an t-Seòladair is delighted to announce upcoming events in July 2013. The project took off in Shawbost when a 'treasure chest of pre-WW1 glass negatives were discovered in the barn of a local lady...

Drumming up the Tweed

A six month project sponsored by Harris Tweed Hebrides has drummed up support for the Clo Mor and given service users at Ardseileach and Grianan day centres the opportunity to learn new skills...

Monday 1st July

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...


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Nigel Scott
Communications Officer
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

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