Western Isles

The Oban Times - - Districts -

THE Isle of Eriskay has been cho­sen as one of two places in Scot­land for a scheme to trial fi­bre broad­band over long dis­tances.

The tech­nol­ogy, known as Long Reach VDSL, was pre­vi­ously tri­alled in North Tol­sta last year by BT Open­reach.

Broad­band speeds re­duce sig­nif­i­cantly the fur­ther away house­holds are from the near­est cabi­net and this tech­nol­ogy aims to ad­dress this chal­lenge.

Western Isles MSP Alas­dair Al­lan said: ‘ This tech­nol­ogy has ob­vi­ous im­pli­ca­tions for the roll- out of su­per­fast broad­band across the Western Isles.

‘It’s good news that Eriskay is one of the first com­mu­ni­ties to take part in this com­mer­cial pi­lot.’

COMHAIRLE nan Eilean Siar and part­ners will pub­lish an ex­ten­sive list of more than 40 ap­pren­tice­ships which will see posts cre­ated from the Butt to Barra, across a wide range of sec­tors and de­part­ments in­clud­ing: busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion and man­age­ment, com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment, child care, ed­u­ca­tion at­tain­ment, Gaelic lan­guage as­sis­tants, health and so­cial care, her­itage, hu­man re­source, multi-me­dia, out­door/in­door ed­u­ca­tion, roads main­te­nance, sus­tain­able re­source man­age­ment, sport and health, and mo­tor me­chan­ics.

The comhairle will be host­ing com­mu­nity meet­ings through­out the Western Isles to pro­vide full in­for­ma­tion on the above ap­pren­tices.

Ap­pren­tice­ships are open to any­one, not just young peo­ple, in­ter­ested peo­ple should reg­is­ter at www. myjob­scot­land. gov. uk and setup an alert for the job cat­e­gory Mod­ern Ap­pren­tice­ships/ Trainee where they will re­ceive no­ti­fi­ca­tions by e-mail as soon as the Comhairle’s Ap­pren­tice­ships posts go live.

Dates have yet to be con- firmed but these meet­ings will take place the week com­menc­ing Mon­day June 5 2017 and fur­ther de­tails will be pub­li­cised closer to the time.

A STORNOWAY master­plan is be­ing ini­ti­ated which aims to de­velop a clear vi­sion for the phys­i­cal de­vel­op­ment of Stornoway, and sets out pro­pos­als to ad­dress the key strate­gic chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties fac­ing the town.

This has been iden­ti­fy­ing small, medium and large level strate­gies to im­prove the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment and in­fra­struc­ture for res­i­dents and vis­i­tors.

The comhairle is seek­ing views and com­ments on the pro­pos­als emerg­ing to date, and what you think would make Stornoway a bet­ter place to visit, live, work, study and in­vest.

FOL­LOW­ING a suc­cess­ful pi­lot in 2016, cus­tomers on the Ul­lapool-In­ver­ness coach route should once again ben­e­fit from ex­tra ca­pac­ity fol­low­ing an agree­ment by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Scot­tish Citylink and the High­lands and Is­lands Re­gional Trans­port Part­ner­ship (HITRANS).

Coach op­er­a­tor Scot­tish Citylink, which op­er­ates the ser­vice, al­ready reg­u­larly de­ploys an ad­di­tional coach when­ever book­ings for the ser­vice ex­ceed the ca­pac­ity more than 48 hours in ad­vance of the de­par­ture time.

Scot­tish Citylink has pre­vi­ously con­firmed that it also de­ploys ad­di­tional coaches ev­ery Fri­day, Satur­day and Mon­day on its sum­mer ser­vices be­tween May 22 and Satur­day Septem­ber 30.

As the coach op­er­a­tor runs the ser­vice on a com­mer­cial ba­sis with­out any pub­lic sec­tor in­vest­ment, it can­not guar­an­tee that it can add in ex­tra ve­hi­cles to the route with less than 48 hours.

Book­ings can be made from the Scot­tish Citylink web­site by us­ing debit or credit card or to a call cen­tre on 0141 352- 4444.

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