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Canadian company remains confident in the future of Arnish yard

Canadian company, DF Barnes, which now runs the Arnish yard outside Stornoway and other sites in Fife, has said this week that it remains confident of success at revitalising the fabrication sites.

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The Islands are crying out for affordable housing, this project at the former Stag Bakeries site in Stornoway will create 12 new homes and should be ready by April 2019 (this build was funded separately to the current �7.533m available for projects in 2018/19).

Time is ticking to deliver new homes

One of the keystones in building a better future for the Western Isles is retaining young people and attracting young families to live in the region.

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An illustration of how the Spaceport will look by the early 2020s.

No Spaceport for North Uist

North Uist has lost out in the battle to secure the development of a new spaceport in northern Scotland.

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Runrig fans ready for the take-off

Runrig fans ready for the take-off

Anticipation for the final farewell concerts by Runrig in August has been building and Island concert goers will soon by taking off thanks to Island air provider Loganair, as the company has added additional flights for those travelling from Stornoway to Edinburgh and Glasgow, to meet additional demand on the Runrig weekend in Stirling.

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HIAL sets out reasons for Inverness air traffic control centre

HIAL sets out reasons for Inverness air traffic control centre

Regional airport operator, Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) has identified Inverness as the preferred location for a new state-of-the art remote towers control centre following a study from consultants.

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The move would see a loss of high-quality jobs at Stornoway and Benbecula airports.

MP blasts HIAL for “empire building” in Inverness

Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil has blasted plans by Highlands and Islands Airports (HIAL) to centralise air traffic control in Inverness.

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There are worries over the future of the economy in the Islands if bank branches in Castlebay in Barra and Lochboisdale close or have their opening hours cut.

Isles MP comments on independent study on islands banks

Western Isles MP Angus B MacNeil is pleased that business advisers, Johnston Carmichael are to carry out an independent study on the Lochboisdale and Castlebay RBS bank branches.

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Achieving CAP payment target

Achieving CAP payment target

More than 95.24% of Common Agriculture Policy Pillar 1 payments have now been made Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing has confirmed.

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Outer Hebrides Tourism is looking for a new boss

Outer Hebrides Tourism is looking for a new boss

An Outer Hebrides destination organisation is looking for a Chief Executive to lead and spearhead the delivery of its strategy.

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The public meeting was one of the busiest seen in recent years, as fears grow that a split is developing in this community over the wind energy proposal.

Arguments rage over wind project

Arguments raged at the North Tolsta Community Hall on Tuesday night over controversial plans to site a corporate wind farm within a 2km buffer zone of houses.

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Public meeting to find out more about Tarbert port work

Public meeting to find out more about Tarbert port work

CMAL will host a public meeting to update Harris residents on details about the upcoming work at Tarbert port to prepare for the new ferry being built for the Skye Triangle Ports at Tarbert, Lochmaddy and Uig.

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Castlebay Co-op reopen following £1m revamp

Castlebay Co-op reopen following £1m revamp

The Co-op is set to serve-up a new-look store in Castlebay, following a near £1m overhaul, in which the existing store has been extended by almost 3,000 sq ft and creating four new jobs.

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Millions more injected into economy thanks to Isles’ growing tourism

Millions more injected into economy thanks to Isles’ growing tourism

The importance of the Islands tourism market was highlighted at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar this week as members discussed encouraging information revealed by the Islands Visitor Survey 2017.

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The Castlebay RBS branch was granted a temporary reprieve but the future does not look bright for its survival.

Last chance to halt RBS branch closures, warn politicians

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has singularly failed to appreciate the damage their closure programme will inflict on many communities across the country says a report by the Scottish Affairs Committee.

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Lochboisdale is planned to the the setting for the new distillery.

Plans for some more Whisky Galore in the Islands

Residents of the Hebridean islands of South Uist, Eriskay and Benbecula will get a taste of “whisky galore” if plans to create to a new distillery in Lochboisdale come to fruition.

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Strong year for Stornoway Port

Strong year for Stornoway Port

A busy and successful year for Stornoway Port Authority showed a strong underlying financial performance despite challenging economic conditions.

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Cumbersome RBS van clogs ferry space says MP

Cumbersome RBS van clogs ferry space says MP

Isles MP Angus Brendan MacNeil is writing to the Royal Bank of Scotland following the trialling of their mobile van in Barra which is taking up valuable deck space on the Sound of Barra ferry.

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More disruption expected for Island ferry travel.

Frustration at further ferry disruption

Following the announcement by CalMac Ferries Ltd that the MV Clansman is to return to dry-dock for repairs to its propulsion system during the first half of June, the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has expressed anger and frustration over the implications for the travelling public, local and visiting, at one of the busiest times of the year.

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Disappointment over lack of response on ferries from Transport Minister

Disappointment over lack of response on ferries from Transport Minister

Outer Hebrides Tourism (OHT) has reported that it has yet to hear back from Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport and the Islands following their call, last month, for him to intervene on the ferries issue.

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Cheers from gin lovers for Isle of Harris tipple

Cheers from gin lovers for Isle of Harris tipple

Isle of Harris Gin has been voted the gin lovers’ favourite Scottish Gin in a nation-wide survey by The Scottish Gin Society, with thousands of its members and social media followers submitting their choices online.

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