Western Isles

The Oban Times - - Districts -

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.

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