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2015 (Jul - Dec) Press Releases

Thursday 24th December

Budget Consultation Meetings

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has agreed dates for the budget consultation meetings which will be held throughout the Western Isles in January....

Wednesday 23rd December

Severe Weather - Disruption to Services

The multi-agency Western Isles Emergency Planning Coordinating Group met today to discuss the severe weather forecast for the islands this evening, Wednesday 23 December...

Monday 21st December

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Calls for Extended Consultation Period

Cllr Alasdair Macleod, Chair of Sustainable Development at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, has backed calls by the local MP, and others, to have the consultation on fresh changes to restrictions on important fishing grounds, extended...

Thursday 17th December

Inspiring Pupil From Western Isles Chosen As Young Ambassador For Inclusion

Eilidh MacLeod from The Nicolson Institute, Stornoway has been chosen as one of Scotland’s Young Ambassadors for Inclusion...

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Leader Writes to Minister of State for Defence Procurement Over Renewable Energy in the Uists

In a recent letter to Philip Dunne MP, Minister of State for Defence Procurement, Cllr Angus Campbell, Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar said...

Outer Hebrides Tourism Success in 2015

Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Angus Campbell has welcomed recently published figures which show an increase in visits and spend for the first 6 months of the year in Scotland...

Wednesday 16th December

Statement Regarding Judicial Review On Castle

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed the decision of the Court of Session on a judicial review into the tendering of the hospitality contract for the Lews Castle Development in the Outer Hebrides...

Tuesday 15th December

Trial Christmas Period Opening Times for Uist and Barra Sports Facilities

Castlebay Sports Centre and Liniclate Sports Centre will be open to the public for three days between Christmas and New Year this year as part of a pilot project to enable customers in the Southern Isles to make use of facilities over the holiday period. Usage levels will be assessed to see if it will be feasible to make the trial a regular feature in coming years – so we would encourage everyone to use of the facilities over the Festive period and work off some of those excess calories!...

Monday 14th December

Islanders Urged To Take Part In The Scottish Government’s Consultation On An Islands’ Bill

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is urging islanders to take part in the Scottish Government’s consultation on an Islands’ Bill...

Friday 11th December

Have Your Say On Island Air Services

Online survey launched to understand how islanders and visitors use the current air services with the mainland. This quick 5 minute survey hopes to identify areas of importance and give air users the chance to share their experiences and outline any changes they would like to see...

Thursday 10th December

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s First Facebook Q+A Session

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will run question and answer sessions on a range of topics over the coming months, beginning with a one hour session on the Islands’ Bill tonight, Thursday 10th December at 7pm...

Monday 7th December

Child Sexual Exploitation – Multi-Agency Development Days

The Outer Hebrides Child Protection Committee has set up a multi-agency CSE working group to raise awareness and to put in place measures to ensure the safety of children and young people across the islands...

Friday 4th December

Beinn Ghrideag Success at Green Energy Awards

Beinn Ghrideag Windfarm project was awarded the Best Community Project Award at the Scottish Green Energy Awards which were held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Thursday 3rd December...

Thursday 3rd December

Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to take part in Facebook Session on Islands' Bill

Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to take part in Facebook Session on Islands’ Bill...

Wednesday 2nd December

Comhairle Concern over position of Gaelic Broadcasting

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has raised concerns over the current position of Gaelic broadcasting after the UK Government announced it was cutting its funding, meaning that there will be a gap of £1m in the budget...

Tuesday 1st December

BEAST Partners On Track to Invest € 40 Million In Clean Energy

How can communities make their sustainable energy ambitions come true? The partners in the BEAST project (short for ‘Beyond Energy Action Plans’) seem to have found a way. In nine European countries, they are assisting local authorities to launch 23 projects that are leading to measurable energy savings and an increase of the share of renewable energy sources. As of now, the project that was started in 2014 has already resulted in more than € 3 million of investments...

Wednesday 25th November

National Gaelic Debate

Two excellent debates took place at the Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh last night in the semi-finals of the National Gaelic Debate. The judges; Jo MacDonald, Catriona Walker and Angus MacDonald were amazed by the high standard of the debates...

Tuesday 24th November

Engagement Event on Education Bill Gaelic Provision

An engagement event is being held for Western Isles teachers and parents regarding the Education Bill Gaelic provision on the evening of 30 November 2015...

Monday 23rd November

Comhairle Leader Calls On UK Government To Implement Smith Commission Recommendations In Full

Comhairle Leader Calls on UK Government to Implement Smith Commission recommendations in full...

Uist and Barra Bus Project Shortlisted for Rural Innovators Award

The Uist and Barra bus project is one of four projects which have been shortlisted for a Rural Innovators Award 2015-16 under the ‘Transport and Infrastructure’ Category...

Thursday 19th November

e-Stòras Success at the Gaelic Awards 2015

e-Stòras won the award for Innovation in Education at last night’s Gaelic Awards 2015. The website, which was created by the Multimedia Unit, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Education and Children’s Services Department, is part of their remit to create educational resources for pupils in Gaelic Medium Education...

Wednesday 18th November

COMMUNITY CAPITAL GRANTS AWARDED BY COMHAIRLE

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar announced awards of £330,000 from the fifth-round of its Community Capital Grant Fund for three projects totalling over £2.3m. Grants were awarded to Urras Storas an Rubha, Urras Eachdraidh Uibhist a Deas and Great Bernera Community Development Trust, for the purchase of the island estate by its community...

Tuesday 17th November

Adult Learners Week - 24 Years On!

It’s 24 years since the first Adult Learners Week and it’s a year of change with Adult Learners Week moving to November for the first time ever. As a result, a number of events celebrating adult learning in the Western Isles have been organised by the Comhairle’s Adult Learning and Employability team to take place during the week starting Saturday 21st November which is national Adult Learners’ Week 2015...

Archivist Appointed to Lews Castle Museum and Archive Project

The Lews Castle Museum and Archive project takes a step forward with the arrival of our new archivist, Seonaid McDonald, who starts on 26th November. Seonaid will be picking up where the Tasglann nan Eilean Siar project left off, and hopes to build on the strong foundations already laid by former archivist David Powell...

Modern Gaelic Resource is ‘App’ Tastic

Learning and enjoying Gaelic song has just got easier, thanks to a new Gaelic song app. Launching this afternoon at Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu, Òrain na Cloinne Bige’ is a free downloadable app and website featuring twenty Gaelic songs recorded by five talented young singers from the Western Isles...

Monday 16th November

Book Week Scotland 2015 - Celebrate the Transformative Power of Reading

Western Isles Libraries is holding a series of events for Book Week Scotland 2015 (23 – 29 November). Book Week Scotland is a national celebration of books and reading that brings hundreds of free events to a variety of venues across the country...

Thursday 12th November

Severe Weather - Disruption to Services

The multi-agency Emergency Planning Group for the Western Isles, WIEPCG, met today at 12pm to discuss the severe weather forecast for the Islands on Thursday 12th November and Friday 13th November. High winds are expected with gusts of up to 90mph. An amber warning has been issued...

SSE's Electricity Charges

Speaking after SSE announced half yearly pre-tax profits of £549M, up by 48% on the same period last year, Cllr Angus McCormack, Chair of the Western Isles Poverty Action Group, said: “It is completely unacceptable that 71% of people in the Western Isles are in fuel poverty..

Wednesday 11th November

Severe Weather

Members of The Western Isles Emergency Planning Group (WIEPCG) met today to discuss the amber weather warning for the Western Isles tomorrow Thursday (12th Nov) from 9pm and into Friday (13th Nov) until 12 noon...

Tuesday 10th November

Comhairle Welcomes Further Consultation on Crofter Housing Grant Scheme

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed the announcement by the Scottish Government to consult further on the Crofter Housing Grant Scheme...

Monday 9th November

Budget Consultation Meetings

The Comhairle’s budget consultation meetings get underway this week with events in Tarbert and Stornoway...

e-Stòras, has been short-listed in the Innovation in Education category at this year’s Gaelic Awards

The website, which was created by the Multimedia Unit, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Education and Children’s Services Department, is part of their remit to create educational resources for pupil sin Gaelic Medium Education...

Tuesday 3rd November

Consumers Urged to Know Their Rights This National Consumer Week

Consumers are being urged to get to grips with the new provisions in the Consumer Rights Act to avoid frustration when giving and receiving gifts this Christmas...

Island Leaders Welcome UK Government Commitment to Island ‘Proofing’

Island Leaders have welcomed the UK Government’s commitment to Island ‘proofing’ – the concept that legislation should not work to the detriment of the particular circumstances of island communities...

Monday 2nd November

The Great Tapestry of Scotland Comes to the Outer Hebrides

Part of one of Scotland’s most popular artworks will be on display in the Outer Hebrides during November and December. In partnership with Museum nan Eilean, 30 panels from the tapestry will be on display at Sgoil Lionacleit from 14 November-December 22..

Keose Glebe Ballot

Electors in the Keose Glebe Community Area are again reminded that they have until 12 Noon on Tuesday 3 November 2015 to return their postal ballot papers. Ballot papers can be posted or handed in directly to the Returning Officer, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Council Offices, Sandwick Road, Stornoway...

OUTER HEBRIDES LEADER 2014-2020 PROGRAMME NOW OPEN

The Outer Hebrides LEADER Local Action Group is delighted to announce that the Outer Hebrides LEADER 2014-2020 Programme has been awarded over £3m to support projects throughout the islands and Expressions of Interest are now being accepted...

Friday 30th October

Keose Glebe Ballot

Electors in the Keose Glebe Community Area are reminded that they have until 12 Noon on Tuesday 3 November 2015 to return their postal ballot papers. Ballot papers can be posted or handed in directly to the Returning Officer, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Council Offices, Sandwick Road, Stornoway.

Tuesday 27th October

Budget Consultation Meetings

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will be holding a series of budget consultation meetings throughout the Western Isles over the coming weeks. There have been a couple of changes to the proposed dates/venues for the budget consultation meetings with the Stornoway meeting now being held in the Council Chamber, the Westside meeting has been moved to Monday 16 November and the North Uist meeting will be in Paible School...

LEWS CASTLE TRANSFORMATION ENTERS FINAL PHASE

The transformation of Lews Castle including the new Museum and Archive continues apace with public opening of the new museum and archive facilities to be phased in from early 2016...

St Kilda Mail Boat reaches Norway

The National Trust for Scotland took a group of 12 to St Kilda on 28th August 2013 for an educational visit. A teacher and 2 pupils from each of the 4 secondary schools in the Western Isles were accompanied by Alasdair MacEachen...

Monday 26th October

PUBLIC CONSULTATION EVENTS

A series of public consultation events will be held in Lewis and Harris...

First Allocation of Funding From The WIDT

The first allocations of funding to community groups from the Western Isles Development Trust (WIDT) have been awarded... 

Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar Honoured for Improvement Revenues and Benefits

Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar has been honoured alongside the UK’s leading local authorities at the Institute of Revenues Rating and Valuation Awards 2015, held in Telford, Wednesday 7 October 2015...

Crackdown on Unlicensed Car Sellers

Trading Standards Officers at CNES are advising residents to be especially wary when purchasing vehicles privately...

Early Morning Opening to Continue at ISL

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has operated a twelve month trial period of early morning openings at ISL in partnership with Swim Western Isles...

Fairer Scotland - Deliberative Event, Stornoway, 29th October, 2015

The Fairer Scotland conversation has been taking place over the past few months, giving people a chance to contribute their thoughts on what would make Scotland fairer...

Wednesday 21st October

Comhairle Welcomes Support For ETV Campaign

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed the support of Highlands and Islands MPs in the campaign to re-instate an Emergency Towing Vessel (ETV) covering the north west of Scotland ahead of the forthcoming UK Government Spending Review...

Tuesday 20th October

Budget Consultation Meetings

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will be holding a series of budget consultation meetings throughout the Western Isles over the coming weeks...

Be On The Lookout For Scams

Trading Standards CNES are reminding residents to be on the lookout for scams that are currently circulating in the islands...

Thursday 8th October

An Taobh Siar Agus Nis Ward : By-Election Results

John Norman Macleod has been elected as a Councillor for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in the An Taobh Siar Agus Nis ward...

Wednesday 7th October

Former Councillor Passes Away

Mr Martin Taylor, who was Councillor for the Benbecula, and Beinn a Faoghla agus Uibhist a Tuath, wards from 2002 until 2012 on Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, and a former Chair of the Western Isles Licensing Board, has passed away, aged 67...

Welcome For Transport Boost

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed the increase in the Air Discount Scheme to 50% announced by Islands Minister Derek Mackay today. It was also announced that ferry fares would be frozen for 2016/17...

Tuesday 6th October

AN TAOBH SIAR AGUS NIS BY-ELECTION - WEDNESDAY 7 OCTOBER 2015

WHAT VOTERS NEED TO KNOW FOR 7 OCTOBER 2015 : Returning Officer Malcolm Burr is reminding voters in the An Taobh Siar agus Nis By-Election what they need to know to have their say on Polling Day...

Monday 5th October

AN TAOBH SIAR AGUS NIS BY-ELECTION - WEDNESDAY 7 OCTOBER 2015 - POSTAL VOTING

Postal Voters in the An Taobh Siar agus Nis by-election are reminded that postal votes must be returned by 10pm on Wednesday 7 October 2015. If it is too late to post, completed postal packs can be handed in at any Polling Station in the Ward or at the Election Office, Council Offices, Sandwick Road, Stornoway...

Rogue Traders

Trading Standards are issuing a reminder to Western Isles residents to say No to Doorstep sellers...

Wednesday 30th September

New Consumer Rights Act

The Consumer Rights Act 2015 becomes law on 1st October 2015, it is aimed to simplify, strengthen and modernise UK Consumer Legislation...

Tuesday 29th September

Integrated Joint Board

The Western Isles Health and Social Care Integration Joint Board has been established under new legislation designed to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities through services delivered by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and NHS Western Isles...

Monday 28th September

One Month Left To Have Your Say On Council Ward Boundaries (PDF, 70K)

The public have until 22 October to have their say on proposed council ward boundaries across Scotland...

Friday 25th September

An Taobh Siar agus Nis By-Election - Postal Voting

A total of 476 postal voting packs for the An Taobh Siar agus Nis By-Election have been issued to electors and will start arriving from today (Friday 25 September 2015)...

Trading Standards

Trading Standards Officers at CNES are keen to speak to doorstep sellers who are currently on the islands selling generators...

Wednesday 23rd September

BLUE-GREEN ALGAE

Recent samples taken at Loch Branahuie, discharging onto Melbost Beach have indicated that the blue-green algal bloom is still present...

Tuesday 22nd September

An Taobh Siar agus Nis By-election

Electors in the An Taobh Siar agus Nis By Election have until 5.00pm today (22 September) to apply for a postal vote or to change existing postal or proxy arrangements...

Friday 18th September

An Taobh Siar agus Nis by-election

The By Election to elect a member to serve the ward of An Taobh Siar agus Nis will be held on Wednesday 7 October 2015. To vote in the By Election you must be on the register of Electors for the ward...

Community Council Elections 2015 - Second Round of Nominations

A further round of nominations is being held for those Community Councils which failed to achieve the minimum number of valid nominations in the first round of the Community Council Election 2015...

Thursday 17th September

Former Councillor Passes Away

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is today flying the flag at half-mast in respect of former councillor, Marie A. MacMillan OBE JP, who has passed away peacefully after a short period of illness, aged 91...

Tuesday 15th September

COMMUNITY COUNCIL ELECTIONS 2015

Following the close of nominations 21 Community Councils across na h-Eileanan an Iar were re-established...

Monday 14th September

Nicolson Pupils Take a Trip of a Lifetime

6 senior pupils from S5 in The Nicolson Institute, last week, travelled to Ypres in Belgium to take part in Pròiseact nan Ealan’s production, “Sequamur”, as part of a WWI history trip...

Friday 11th September

Former Councillor Passes Away

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is today flying the flag at half-mast in respect of former councillor, Malcolm MacFarlane, who sadly passed away this morning aged 93...

Issue Of Poll Cards, An Taobh Siar Agus Nis, Election Of Councillor

Following the close of nominations the following candidates are standing in the by-election to elect a member to serve the An Taobh Siar agus Nis Ward:...

Blue-Green Algae

Recent samples taken at Loch Stranndabhat, Lochs have indicated the presence of blue-green algae. Further samples taken at Loch Branahuie, Melbost still indicate the presence of blue-green algae, first reported on 6 August. As a precautionary measure, notices have been posted next to both lochs, warning that contact with the algal scum should be avoided...

Thursday 10th September

Algal Toxins

Levels of Shellfish Toxin back to safe levels Monitoring work undertaken on behalf of the Food Standards Agency has identified that the previously high levels of shellfish toxins identified in Loch Roag in Lewis have returned to safe levels...

Wednesday 9th September

Concerns Over Costs Arising From New Policies

Representatives of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar today attended a consultation meeting undertaken by Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD) into “Submarine Electricity Cables” ...

Electricty charges - Western Isles Poverty Action Group

Commenting on the possibility of increased charges for electricity users in the Islands and the north of Scotland, the Chair of the Western isles Poverty Action Group, Angus McCormack, said:...

Tuesday 8th September

Get Involved With Learning This Autumn

Community Learning Hebrides is launching a new programme of community learning classes and workshops to be run in Lewis and Harris during autumn 2015. The learning provision is being advertised through a new booklet of community learning opportunities and the information is also available on the Community Learning Hebrides website and Facebook pages...

Monday 7th September

Scotland’s National Marine Plan - Potential Increase in SSE Surcharge

Electricity consumers in the Western Isles and the Highlands may be in line for an increase on the present 2p surcharge imposed on them by SSE. SSE will consult on the Scottish Government’s National Marine Plan this month. The meeting will be held on 9 September in the Caladh Inn...

Comhairle Backs Refugee Support

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has written to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to express support for the position of the Scottish Government and COSLA in persuading the UK Government that much more needs to be done in relation to the European refugee crisis...

LOCAL GOVERNMENT BY ELECTION:  7 OCTOBER 2015 - ELECTION OF COUNCILLOR

Polling will take place between the hours of 7am and 10pm on Wednesday 7 October 2015 for the election of a Councillor for the Taobh Siar agus Nis electoral ward....

Thursday 3rd September

Campaign Against MPAs

The joint Comhairle Fisheries Industry Group met earlier today to launch a campaign opposing the imposition of Scottish Government marine designation proposals...

Wednesday 2nd September

Statement Re. Perceval Square

The Comhairle has not told the Gourmet Street Food operation that they should vacate Perceval Square. That is incorrect....

Tuesday 1st September

Warning On Mattress Scam

Trading Standards are warning residents that the Western Isles may be targeted by rogue traders selling mattresses from the backs of vans...

Monday 31st August

COMMUNITY COUNCIL ELECTION 2015

Nominations are being sought for each of the Community Councils in the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Local Government Area...

COMHAIRLE NAN EILEAN SIAR BY ELECTION - AN TAOBH SIAR AGUS NIS

Prospective candidates are reminded that completed nomination forms must be lodged with the Returning Officer, Election Office, Council Offices, Sandwick Road, Stornoway by no later than 4.00pm on Friday 4 September 2015...

Merchant Navy Day

On Merchant Navy Day, 3 September, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will fly the Red Ensign at its headquarters on Sandwick Road to raise awareness of the UK’s ongoing dependence on Merchant Navy seafarers...

Thursday 27th August

Blue - Green Algae

Recent samples taken at Loch Chill Donnain, Kildonan, South Uist have indicated the presence of blue-green algae. Further samples taken at East Loch Ollay, South Uist still indicate the presence of blue-green algae, first reported on 15 July. As a precautionary measure, notices have been posted next to both lochs, warning that contact with the algal scum should be avoided...

Wednesday 26th August

National Lottery Award

‘The Nicolson Institute Music Trust’ recently secured funding from the National Lottery to set up an exciting and innovative Drumming programme - ‘The Big Noise Project’.  The goal of the project is twofold: firstly the establishment of a Drum Corps capable of playing to competition standard with both The Nicolson Institute Pipe Band and Concert Band and, secondly, the development of a community partnership with ‘The Lewis Pipe Band’...

Monday 24th August

An Taobh Siar agus Nis By Election

A By Election to elect a Councillor for the An Taobh Siar agus Nis Ward is being held...

COMMUNITY COUNCIL ELECTION 2015

Elections to each of the Community Councils in the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar local government area will be held on Thursday 1 October 2015...

Friday 21st August

Unlicensed Doorstep Sellers Operating in the Area

Trading Standards at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have again warned consumers that unlicensed doorstep sellers are operating throughout the Western Isles. ..

Building Skills Grant

Employers in the construction industry in the Western Isles are reminded that funding for Modern Apprenticeship and added value training is still available through the Comhairle’s Building Skills Grant scheme...

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 06 August 2015 have returned to safe levels...

Unlicensed Sellers operating in the area

Unlicensed sellers are operating on the Isle of Lewis and particularly in the Stornoway area...

Thursday 20th August

Epilepsy Scotland Press Release: Stornoway Hosts Free Epilepsy Information and Awareness Training Events

To get the facts about epilepsy, head over to the Tesco store in Ferry Road, Stornoway on Wednesday 26 August from 2-4pm.  Epilepsy Scotland’s highly trained staff will be there to answer questions and give away useful factsheets at this information event which is free to the public...

Epilepsy Scotland Press Release: Tarbert Hosts Free Epilepsy Information Event

To get the facts about epilepsy, head over to the Isle of Harris Community Centre in Pier Road on Thursday 27 August from 10-11am.  Epilepsy Scotland’s highly trained staff will be there to answer questions and give away useful factsheets at this information event which is free to the public...

Tuesday 18th August

Comhairle Seeks Views on Revised Supplementary Guidance for Wind Energy Development

The Comhairle has launched a consultation on revised Supplementary Guidance for Wind Energy Development...

Friday 14th August

Consultation on the Scheme of Establishment for Community Councils

Anyone wishing to respond to the consultation on the Scheme of Establishment for Community Councils has until Monday 17 August 2015 to submit their comments...

Eat Safe Awards

The Eat Safe Award is granted by the Environmental Health Service of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in conjunction with Food Standards Scotland. The award is available to all establishments selling food directly to consumers...

Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar Consultation on the Proposed Adult Social Care Contribution Policy For Non Residential Services

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is embarking on a consultation process on the impact of the proposed Contribution policy for non-residential care services...

Friday 7th August

Blue-Green Algae

A bloom at Loch Branahuie, discharging onto Melbost Beach is potentially toxic.  As a precautionary measure, notices have been posted next to the loch and the beach...

Thursday 6th August

High Levels of Shellfish Toxin

Monitoring work undertaken on behalf of Food Standards Scotland has identified raised levels of shellfish toxins in Loch Seaforth, East Loch Tarbert and  Loch Stockinish in Harris...

Wednesday 5th August

Increased Percentage Passes At All Levels in Eilean Siar SQA Examination Results

2015 Eilean Siar SQA examination results indicate that A-C percentage passes at all levels have increased. The number of presentations across the authority in 2015 has declined...

Tuesday 4th August

Tribute to Councillor Iain Morrison

Members and Officers of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar today attended the funeral of former Councillor, Iain Morrison, who passed away aged 60 on Friday 31st July. Iain was elected to the Comhairle in 1999...

Tuesday 28th July

Consultation on Corporate Strategy Extended

The deadline for the consultation on the Corporate Strategy has been extended to 31 August 2015...

Concerns Over Marine Designations

Following recent announcements from the Scottish Government regarding the management of inshore Special Areas of Conservation and Marine Protected Areas, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar along with the Western Isles Fisherman’s Association and other representatives of the fisheries industry have formed a joint working group with the aim of opposing the imposition of these designation...

Monday 27th July

Update on Barvas Estate Buyout

USOBCC has secured capital funding of £715,000 for purchasing the selected Barvas Estate assets plus paying for necessary mapping and legal costs...

DOORSTEP SCAMS

Trading Standards at CNES regularly receive complaints from consumers who are cold called by unscrupulous traders offering their services...

Friday 24th July

High Levels of Shellfish Toxin in East Loch Roag in Lewis

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

Thursday 23rd July

Comhairle to write to OFGEM

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is to write to OFGEM to seek clarity on reduced SSE tariffs which appear to no longer be available...

Mail Scams

Targeting victims with bogus lottery winnings, get rich quick and advance fee schemes, clairvoyants, investment,  home working  and pyramid selling schemes.  Sometimes scammers will send catalogues selling cheaper goods for expensive prices however they will claim that a purchase will entitle you to a monetary  prize. Scammers know how to “dazzle” minds, where the victim will become enthused and direct their attention on the prize not on the fact that they are sending money or sending bank account details to someone they don’t know...

Wednesday 22nd July

BLUE-GREEN ALGAE

Recent samples taken at Loch Langabhat, South Harris have indicated the presence of blue-green algae.  As a precautionary measure, notices will be posted next to the loch, warning that contact with the algal scum should be avoided...

GALLAN HEAD COMMUNITY BALLOT - REMINDER TO RETURN POSTAL BALLOT PAPERS

Eligible voters in the Aird, Uig area are reminded that the deadline for returning postal ballot papers for the Gallan Head Community Ballot is 4.00pm on Tuesday 28 July 2015...

Steering Group

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution (SHEPD) have formed a steering group committed to exploring the available options around the current network restrictions in the Outer Hebrides, and investigating possible solutions which may accommodate additional renewable energy generation...

Monday 20th July

Tribute To Former Councillor

The Convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has paid tribute to former Councillor for the Scalpay, Bays, and Harris East, Electoral Wards, Donald MacDonald, who passed away on Sunday 19th July aged 68. Donald was elected to the Comhairle in 1990 serving until 2007...

PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICE CONSULTATION MOVES INTO TOP GEAR

Following on from community events and a questionnaire which was sent to every household, the consultation process over what public transport services should be provided in Uist and Barra is set to move into top gear...

Wednesday 15th July

BLUE-GREEN ALGAE - East Loch Ollay, South Uist

Recent samples taken at East Loch Ollay, South Uist have indicated the presence of blue-green algae.  As a precautionary measure, notices have been posted next to the loch, warning that contact with the algal scum should be avoided...

Tuesday 14th July

Online Scams

July is scams awareness month. Trading Standards Departments and Citizens Advice Bureaus throughout the UK will be highlighting some of the scams in current circulation, and will be giving Consumers advice on how to deal with them...

Monday 6th July

Leader Sets Out Electricity Company Progress

The Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has responded to a press release from Cllr Gordon Murray on securing a community electricity company for the Western Isles and has outlined what has previously been agreed and what progress has been made...

Chair of Sustainable Development Writes to Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs over Marine Designations

Cllr Alasdair MacLeod, Chair of Sustainable Development Committee at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, has written to the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs to convey the Comhairle’s continued opposition to marine designations in and around the Outer Hebrides...

Don’t blow 30 Years of Savings in 30 Seconds!

As part of Scams awareness month Trading Standards and Citizens Advice Bureaus are highlighting current scam activity. Trading standards are aware of several new scams which are devised to take advantage of the changes to the pension rules...

Friday 3rd July

High Levels of Shellfish Toxin

Monitoring work undertaken on behalf of Food Standards Scotland has identified raised levels of shellfish toxins in West Loch Roag - Miavaig and Eilean Tenish, West Loch Roag - Linngeam, Torranish and Drovinish and East Loch Roag, all in Lewis...

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Convener Congratulates Team Western Isles on Most Successful Island Games Ever

The Convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Cllr. Norman A MacDonald, has paid tribute to the athletes representing Team Western Isles at the Natwest World Island games in Jersey...

Thursday 2nd July

Algal Bloom Loch Nan Ritheanan, Keose

There is an Algal Bloom in Loch Nan Ritheanan, Keose in North Lochs. Swallowing the water or algal scum can cause stomach upsets or more serious health effects. Contact with the water or algal scum can cause skin problems. It is a sensible precaution for you, your children and your animals to avoid contact with the scum and the water close to it. For further information, contact the Environmental Health Team of Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar. Tel No. 01851 822694...

Wednesday 1st July

Consul General of Japan to visit Western Isles

The Consul General of Japan, Mr. Hajime Kitaoka, will be visiting the Western Isles next week (7th and 8th July) researching smaller-scale renewable energy and particularly wind and wave energy projects...

Sustainable Energy Action Plan workshops

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, in conjunction with Lews Castle College UHI, recently hosted a series of training workshops on the theme of sustainable energy action planning. Three workshops were held and participated in by Comhairle staff, representatives of Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partners, and those involved in community and third sector organisations...

Scam Awareness Month 2015

July is scam awareness month, during which Trading Standards departments and Citizens Advice Bureaus (CABs) throughout the UK will be highlighting current scam activity and giving advice to consumers on how to tackle them...


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Nigel Scott
Communications Officer
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Tel: 01851 822622 (Work)
Tel: 07884 236103 (Mobile)
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