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