A 20mph speed limit could be heading for a street or road near you as Comhairle nan Eilean Siar moves to bring itself into line more with the Isle of Skye and Highland Council which has plenty 20mph limits under the Twenty’s Plenty slogan.

But there’s a bit more time to think about it as the public consultation period for the proposed experimental speed limit changes in the Castlebay, Tarbert, Balivanich and Stornoway areas has been extended to 2pm, Monday 18 January.

The proposed Spaces for People scheme will see the implementation of a 20mph speed limit across Stornoway, Balivanich and Castlebay and a combination of a 20mph and 30mph limit in Tarbert.

Full details of these proposals are in the Draft Orders which, together with a map showing the lengths of the roads affected and statements of the Comhairle’s reasons for proposing to make the Orders may be accessed here: https://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/roads-travel-and-parking/traffic-regulation-orders/traffic-regulation-orders-proposals-for-comment/

Any person wishing to object to the proposed Orders should send details in writing, either by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or in hard copy to the Chief Executive, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Council Offices, Sandwick Road, Stornoway, HS1 2BW to be received no later than 2pm, Monday 18 January 2021. Objections should state the full name and address of the objector, the Order to which they relate and the grounds on which they are made.

Putting it in formal terms, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar proposes to make “The Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Tarbert, Balivanich & Castlebay) (Spaces for People – 20mph & 30mph Speed Limit) Experimental Order 2021” under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

In Harris, Uist and Barra the effect of the Order will be to prohibit any person from driving or causing or permitting to be driven, for a period of 12 months, any vehicles on the roads within the following areas at a speed exceeding 20mph.

Castlebay: A888 Castlebay, Ciosmul Cottages, Corran Ciosmul, Horve Road, St Brendan’s Road, Maol Domhnaich

Tarbert: A859 Tarbert, C78 Tarbert, East Loch Tarbert Slipway Road, Ferry Road (A868), Leverhulme Road, Macsween Street, Main Street (A868), Old Pier Road, Pier Road (A868), Scott Road

Balivanich: B892 Balivanich, Baille na Cille, Commercial Development Road, Columba Place, Druim Na H’Airde, Meallard, Rathad MhicEoin, Tindill Road, Winfield Close, Winfield Way