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Urgent need for ferries investment says Western Isles Council

Urgent need for ferries investment says Western Isles Council

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has written to Minister for Energy and Islands, Paul Wheelhouse MSP to underline the urgent need for investment in new ferries for the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service network over and above the commitment to build the two ferries at Ferguson Marine Engineering that are now set to be at least two years late before they enter service.

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Donald MacKinnon at the Scottish Labour Party Conference in Dundee.

Looking at the importance of post-Brexit funding for the Western Isles

At the recent Scottish Labour Party Conference in Dundee, Western Isles delegate, Donald MacKinnon took to the stage to highlight how important European Union community-led local development funding has been to the Western Isles economy and that there is an urgent need for clarity on the continuation of these funding streams post-Brexit.

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Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan notes that renewables projects from the Western Isles have the potential to produce some of the cheapest and greenest electricity in the country.

Western Isles MSP reacts to Ofgem announcement

Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan has reacted to today’s announcement from OFGEM that it is minded to reject SSEN’s proposals for a 600MW link to the Western Isles and instead proposes a smaller 450MW connection.

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Highlands and Islands Conservative MSP Donald Cameron says the SNP Government has continued to starve local authorities in the Highlands and Islands, whilst being ablt to find money for its pet projects.

Funding concerns for Western Isles Council highlighted

Scottish Conservative Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron has expressed concern following the release of figures which indicate that the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) is to receive the worst financial settlement of any local authority in Scotland, while rates paid by businesses in the islands are forecast to rise by 10%.

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