Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Tuesday 28th July 2020

NHS UIST & BARRA HOSPITAL

NHS Western Isles is reminding members of the public that Ospadal Uibhist agus Bharraigh (Uist and Barra Hospital) remains closed to the general public.
Only patients, those attending appointments, individuals identified as the Designated or Essential Visitor, or members of NHS staff should be attending the hospital at the current time. Neither the Dining Room or hospital toilet facilities are open to the public.

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Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Monday 27th July 2020

REOPENING OF SPORT AND LEISURE FACILITIES

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Sport and Health staff are working on getting facilities ready to reopen, hopefully in the not too distant future.
The plan is for Facilities to reopen gradually, in line with Scottish Government protocols. This will mean significant reductions in capacity to maintain social distancing guidelines etc. In order to manage this, customers will require to make bookings for timed slots through a smartphone app which will be available to download prior to reopening. There will also be slots set aside for those who don’t have access to this technology.
To make a booking, customers will need their membership number and a PIN number to log into their account on the app. If customers do not already have this, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the Admin team will forward these details for future use.

Read more: Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Monday 27th July 2020

Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Friday 24th July 2020

ISLES MSP WELCOMES ANNOUNCEMENT OF ISLANDS DEAL

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has welcomed the announcement of the long-awaited £50 million Growth Deal for the Islands.
The £50 million sum allocated by the UK Government will be match-funded by the Scottish Government.

Alasdair Allan MSP commented:

‘The Islands Deal is an exceptional and long-awaited chance to invest in transformational projects in Scotland’s islands.

‘Now that the UK Government have given the go ahead from their side of the bargain, the Scottish Government has matched them pound for pound, and is determined to see the infrastructure and economy of the islands given a boost, at a time when that is needed.

‘The Comhairle has put together a list of potential projects with which it made its funding bid, and the Scottish Government will now work closely with the Comhairle and the community to make sure that as many of these as possible now become a reality.’

Read more: Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Friday 24th July 2020

Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Thursday 23rd July 2020

ANNOUNCEMENT OF ISLANDS DEAL FUNDING

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed the Prime Minister announcement, of an Islands Growth Deal for the Outer Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland.

The Deal comprises an investment of £50m from the UK Government and £50m from the Scottish Government. This will now allow delivery, of a number of projects, developed by the Comhairle and its public and private sector partners.

Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Councillor Roddie Mackay said: “The Islands Growth Deal is the culmination of a lot of hard work between the Comhairle, our Islands Council partners and both Governments in recent years and represents a good outcome for the Islands

The announcement is also a vote of confidence by both Governments in the economy and future of the Outer Hebrides.

Read more: Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Thursday 23rd July 2020

Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Wednesday 22nd July 2020

ENERGY CONNECTIVITY AND ISLANDS

Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar Representatives, meet Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and Islands, to discuss several issues relating to broadband connectivity and ferry service arrangements.

Cllr Roddie Mackay, said: “The Minister was quick to reassure us that the Scottish Government’s R100 project, which guarantees superfast broadband for everyone in Scotland, will not leave anyone in the Western Isles behind.

Transport Scotland confirmed that in future, a careful process of consultation and financial consideration, would be taken before the procurement and undertaking of new vessels and large-scale harbour projects. They also confirmed that they would engage with islands’ communities before embarking on any new service changes. There was also a discussion on the new booking system and the need to ensure that it captured unmet demand.

Read more: Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Wednesday 22nd July 2020