COUNCILLOR Roddie Mackay has been elected to serve as leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.
Councillor Norman A Macdonald has been re- elected to serve as convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.
The newly- elected leader and convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will work together with colleagues for the benefit of communities across the Outer Hebrides.
Councillor Mackay said: ‘I am committed to working on behalf of communities across the Outer Hebrides.
‘ 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 Independent groups having secured vicechairs of committees.’
Convener Macdonald said: ‘ We face major challenges ahead and it is only by the whole comhairle – staff and members - working together alongside our communities that we can hope to overcome those challenges and give those communities the future they deserve.’ AS PART of the Smarter Choices, Smarter Places initiative, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is working with Cycling Scotland to hold essential cycling skills (ECS) training for adults.
As well as a two-hour training session, ECS has a suite of resources available to help boost the confidence of those new to or returning to cycling and give them the necessary skills to negotiate journeys or commutes.
These resources include an ECS app available on Apple and Android, instructional short videos and a downloadable ECS guide.
This training is free but you must have a bike in good working order and a helmet. Each lesson lasts around two hours. This an outdoor session so please wear suitable clothing.
To book or for any information email n.ingram@ cne-siar.gov.uk or call 01851 822667.