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MP urges use of smart meters

Lochaber News & The Oban Times

Isles MP Angus MacNeil is encouraging his constituents to find out about the benefits of having a smart meter installed in their home.

Mr MacNeil heard more about the new technology at a parliamentary event this week with Smart Energy GB, the voice of the smart meter roll-out.

With more than four million smart meters already installed across Great Britain, Mr MacNeil is looking forward to seeing this new technology in more and more homes across Na h-Eileanan and Iar. Those who have upgraded

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New high school is ahead of schedule

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WORK on the new Oban High School is progressing well with a lift shaft and paths leading to the games pitches already in place ahead of time. The school is due to be finished by February 2018, with children moving in the following month and external works taking the final year to complete. Morrison Construction, which is building the multi-million-pound school, has agreed to deliver a number of benefits and opportunities to the community, including employment opportunities

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Opinion: Martin Laing praises the new-look Oban town centre

The new public benches are a perfect place to stop and admire the view across Oban Bay.

The new public benches are a perfect place to stop and admire the view across Oban Bay.

Oban town centre is looking fantastic IT HAS seemed at times as if the improvement works in Oban town centre were to be never-ending. There have been considerable frustrations for businesses, residents and visitors as the effort continued right through the summer season. I don’t want to tempt fate but the final touches appear to have been made with the installation of new public benches along both sides of George Street and facing out over the bay. The weather might not

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My Mod: Katrina Gillies Rasmussen is thrilled with her first Mod


It’s close to midnight on Friday October 14. The day is almost over, but at the Crown, a pub in Stornoway, there are still some 15 visitors reluctant to go home. They’re not finished celebrating the opening of the Mòd 2016. Beers, whiskies and vodka-lemonades are still being ordered in a town centre bar that has historical photographs on its walls. A man with short hair looks around the pub with a determined look on his face. He’s been casually sitting on a bar stool most of

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MP fights to get visa restored

Lochaber News & The Oban Times

THE MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber, Ian Blackford, has called for the re-introduction of the post-study work visa in Scotland. The SNP party conference endorsed the motion to attract international students and enable people to remain in the Highlands, contributing to the Scottish economy. Kate Forbes, MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, said: ‘I think it’s ridiculous a pilot post-study work visa has been rolled out in a few universities in England when here in Scotland there

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