Western Isles Coun­cil says cre­at­ing a bet­ter fu­ture will be joint ef­fort

The Oban Times - - News -

THE newly- elected leader and con­vener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have pledged to work to­gether with col­leagues for the ben­e­fit of com­mu­ni­ties across the Outer He­brides.

Rod­die Mackay, who was pre­vi­ously a di­rec­tor at Western Isles De­vel­op­ment Trust, be­came leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar af­ter the elec­tion on May 4.

He said: ‘ I am com­mit­ted to work­ing on be­half of com­mu­ni­ties across the Outer He­brides.

‘As is the norm in the is­lands, we will not be form­ing an ad­min­is­tra­tion but I, the con­vener, the chairs of com­mit­tees and in­deed all mem­bers, will work on be­half of all our com­mu­ni­ties and I be­lieve this sys­tem of­fers a bet­ter way of do­ing so than un­der the la­bel of a po­lit­i­cal group­ing.

‘I am de­lighted that both the groups we do have are rep­re­sented in the lead­er­ship of the comhairle with both the SNP and the Uist and Barra inde- pen­dent groups hav­ing se­cured vice- chairs of com­mit­tees.

Con­vener Nor­man A Mac­don­ald said: ‘We face ma­jor chal­lenges ahead and it is only by the whole comhairle – staff and mem­bers – work­ing to­gether along along­side our com­mu­ni­ties that we can hope to over­come those chal­lenges and give those com­mu­ni­ties the fu­ture they de­serve.’

Mr Mackay added: ‘We live in ex­cit­ing times for the is­lands, largely thanks to the work of the pre­vi­ous comhairle, and I am de­ter­mined that we build on those foun­da­tions. The Is­lands Bill is soon to go through par­lia­ment, an is­lands deal is un­der ad­vanced stages of dis­cus­sion and the Crown Es­tate rev­enues and man­age­ment have been de­volved to Scot­land – al­though we must con­tinue to work to bring about the fur­ther de­vo­lu­tion to coastal com­mu­ni­ties. These are all ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ments and there is much po­ten­tial for our com­mu­ni­ties to ben­e­fit.’

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