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Voted against Sunday opening

Norman A MacDonald

Angus Campbell

Uisdean Robertson

Catriona MacDonald

Donald John Macrae

Donald ‘Cudig’ MacLeod

Angus Morrison

Norman M MacLeod

Alasdair MacLeod

Charlie Nicolson

Angus McCormack

Roddy Mackay

Iain Mackenzie

Gordon Murray

Catriona Stewart

Donald Crichton

John Mackay

John Norman MacLeod

Kenny MacLeod


Vote in favour of Sunday opening

David Blaney

Ronnie Mackinnon

Donnie Steele

Neil Beaton

Phillip McLean

Zena Stewart

Iain Macaulay

John A MacIver

Alistair MacLennan



Donald Manford



Rae Mackenzie

Andrew Walker


Sunday opening of the Lewis sports centre has been voted down by councillors.

The council voted 19-9 against a motion for a year's trial run to open for three hours each Sunday.

Costs are estimated between £15,600 to £17,100 at a time when council services are under financial pressure though that could be offset by income raised from users fees and any increase in memberships that result from the additional opening hours.

A report said the Stornoway sports centre currently opened for 84 hours weekly, more than similar facilities across the Western Isles.

The majority of councillors voted against a trial due to the lack of staff willing to work as well as costs.

Stornoway councillor, Philip Mclean, said some of the £78,500 the council claims to save annually by not having seven day opening should be used to underwrite the trial.

Cllr Norman Macleod said the present opening hours means the facility is “already meeting the needs of the people of the island."

Ness councillor Iain Mackay pointed out the proposal sought more hours for Stornoway while the facility at Lionel suffered cuts.

Councillors vote over Sunday opening of Lewis sports centre

October 2016