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One single Authority on cards for the Islands?

The main public bodies which run services in the Outer Hebrides could be combined into a ‘Single Island Authority’ under a plan being brought forward for discussion by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

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Elected to the Stornoway Trust were: Norman A Maciver, Catriona Murray, Donald 'Dickie' Macleod, Murdo F Campbell and Donald Nicholson (not in the picture).

Facebook plays its part in Stornoway Trust election campaign

The Stornoway Trust Election count took place on Tuesday and the electorate responded well to the interest in this year’s ballot with 4,261 votes cast, 42% of those eligible to vote.

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Tuesday evening's count drew a healthy crowd as candidates waited to see who had been voted on to the Stornoway Trust.

Good turn out of voters for Stornoway Trust Election

The Stornoway Trust Election count took place last night (Tuesday) and the electorate responded well to the interest in this year’s ballot with 4,261 votes cast, 42% of those eligible to vote.

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Delay on ballot papers for Stornoway Trust Election

Delay on ballot papers for Stornoway Trust Election

Ballot papers for the Stornoway Trust election should be dropping through mailboxes by Thursday, in advance of election day on Tuesday (March 27).

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Excellent trustees and the Stornoway Trust Election issues

Excellent trustees and the Stornoway Trust Election issues

The Stornoway Trust Election will take place on Tuesday, March 27th, when around 10,000 eligible voters, will be able to cast their ballot to decide five positions to complete the 10-strong complement of trustees.

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Candidates names revealed for Stornoway Trust Election

Candidates names revealed for Stornoway Trust Election

The names of the candidates standing for election to the Stornoway Trust at the end of this month have been revealed.

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This map shows the boundary (red line) of the massive section of landmass in Lewis  which falls within the remit of the  Stornoway Trust.

Highest number of candidates for the Stornoway Trust in 40 years

The names of the candidates standing for election to the Stornoway Trust at the end of this month have been revealed.

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Kelso councillors Simon Mountford and Tom Weatherston in the town's Jedburgh Road.

Condition of Kelso road causing concern for councillors

Calls for one of Kelso’s busiest residential through roads to be repaired or resurfaced are being made by two of the town’s councillors.

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Ashley Highfield

MPs must protect the local press from damaging Lords amendment

This week the Prime Minister announced a review into the health of the news media, including the regional and local press.

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Comhairle members have made the tough choices for the 2018/19 budget.

No more ‘salami slice’ cuts says Leader as Council sets its budget

Comhairle nan Eilean has announced that it has set its budget for 2018/19.

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Debate on historic Islands Bill

Debate on historic Islands Bill

Scotland’s first ever Islands Bill will be debated in parliament today (Thursday 8 February).

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Edward Mountain MSP

Principals of Islands Bill endorsed by MSPs

A committee of MSPs has recommended that the general principles of the Islands Bill be agreed by the Scottish Parliament.

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MSP Alasdair Allan

Budget will protect public services and boost broadband in Isles says MSP

Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan has welcomed the Draft Budget announcement from Finance Secretary Derek Mackay for the positive effect it will have on the Western Isles.

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Councillor Gordon Murray is urging the public to make their views known to members.

Tell councillors what your priorities are

The Comhairle will be looking to take key decisions on its capital programme at the next series of Council meetings in December 2017.

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Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil

Update - Call for PSO on Benbecula – Glasgow air route

Western Isles MP, Angus Brendan MacNeil is asking the Scottish Government to instigate a study on the introduction of a Public Service Obligation (PSO) on the Benbecula to Glasgow air service.

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Comhairle SNP group welcome tourism fund

Comhairle SNP group welcome tourism fund

The SNP Group on Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have warmly welcomed the £6 million Rural Tourism Fund recently announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the SNP’s 83rd annual conference in Glasgow.

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Anas Sarwar

Labour hopeful looks to gather support in Stornoway

Scottish Labour Leadership hopeful Anas Sarwar is in Stornoway today (Friday) in the drive to win backing for his campaign to become the next party

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Increasing representation of women at Comhairle

Increasing representation of women at Comhairle

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has decided to increase the representation of women in the Comhairle’s decision making processes.

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MP Angus MacNeil on ETV, Crown Estate

It is hard to believe it is a year since the Transocean Winner turned up unexpectedly on the shores at Dalmore.

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