A CALL to halt any environmental designations in the Western Isles for a ten year period has been made by the Comhairle.

Chair of the Sustainable Development committee, Cllr. Alasdair Macleod told councillors: “The Outer Hebrides are affected by several forms of environmental designations: International RAMSAR designations; Special Protection Area; Special Area of Conservation. SSSI's and Wild Land. The Outer Hebrides are making a significant contribution towards Scotland's overall commitment to safeguarding the natural environment. 

"We make a greater contribution than any other part of Scotland, with significantly more of our land under designation than any other part of Scotland. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that we have the highest level of designation and the lowest level of GDP."

The recommendation of the Committee will now go to the full Comhairle next Thursday.