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.