The Board of An Lanntair arts centre in Stornoway has rejected the idea of opening on Sundays during this winter for film showings and for the art gallery. (This report has been corrected and updated in a new post - 14/9/17 - 18.38)
In statement issued today (Thursday, September 14) - only a few days after the proposal became publicly known - the Board announced the "outcome of our recent consultation with audiences and members about potentially trialling Sunday opening.
"As the major arts centre and a creative and community hub on the Isle of Lewis, we believe it is important that we listen to our audiences, and that we try our best to serve all their needs. Equality and access are at the heart of this, and a core part of our mission and values.
"To help us understand audience demand, during the summer we carried out a consultation exercise with some existing audience members, visitors and the wider community. We asked a number of questions, including one to gauge the level of interest in access to the arts centre on Sundays.
"The responses from this initial consultation showed some considerable support for Sunday opening. As a result, we then asked our membership whether they would be in favour of a trial period of Sunday opening during the coming winter, to further test demand and inform our future plans.
"A significant majority of the members responding to our consultation have told us that they would be in favour of a Sunday opening trial.
"In a meeting on 13th September 2017, An Lanntair's Board of Directors agreed to commit to identifying a way for a trial to take place in the future.
"For the time being, however, following the review we have undertaken into the existing operational challenges associated with opening on Sundays, our Board has decided we are not currently in a position to announce a Sunday trial at An Lanntair."