Published: Friday, 02 October 2015 07:30
Remembrance Service for former councillor
A remembrance service and funeral is to be held tomorrow (Saturday) for the late Marie Macmillan OBE, formerly a councillor in the Western Isles. Mrs Macmillan passed away aged 91 at her home in Petersfield, Hampshire two weeks ago. Mrs Macmillan was a former Town Councillor before succeeding Albert Nicoll as Councillor for the Goathill area in 1979, serving on the Comhairle until 1986. She was also Chair of NHS Western Isles for many years and was instrumental in helping to deliver Ospadal nan Eilean. She was also a member of the Stornoway Pier and Harbour Commission. Her funeral is to be held ay Martins Memorial Church at 1.30pm tomorrow, followed by interment at Sandwick Cemetery.
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Published: Thursday, 01 October 2015 07:30
Minister launches Islands Bill consultation
Derek Mackay, Minister for Transport and Islands, was in the Western Isles yesterday to launch the Islands' Bill Consultation document. The consultation will seek views on so-called “Island-Proofing”, where public bodies will be required to consider the impact on island communities of all their decisions. A duty could be placed on future Scottish Governments to create a National Islands Plan with commitments across all policy areas. There could also be statutory protection for the Na h-Eileanan an lar Scottish parliamentary constituency boundary, preventing it from being taken into a larger electoral ward on the grounds of population. Cllr Angus Campbell, speaking on behalf of the Our Islands Our Future campaign, said: "The launch of this consultation is very significant in securing greater powers for Island areas and is the first islands-specific piece of legislation in over 40 years. We have continually lobbied for a fairer deal for islands and I would encourage people to respond to the consultation and share their views on the development of a future Islands' Bill This is an opportunity for everyone to help shape a more prosperous and fairer future for our Islands". You can find the consultation document at www.consult.scotland.gov.uk
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