Tribute to Former Councillor

The Convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has paid tribute to former North Uist and Benbecula Councillor Neil Beaton who has passed away at his home in Knockintorran, North Uist.

He served on the Comhairle from 2012 to 2017 and was Vice-Chair of the Environment and Protective Services Committee.

Neil returned from the Central Belt to his family roots in North Uist some forty years ago, taking up employment locally and retiring from employment with QinetiQ on the Hebrides Range prior to his election to the North Uist and Benbecula Ward of the Comhairle.

Neil was a member of North Uist Community Council and clerk to the Grazings Committee in Knockintorran. He also served as a Director of North Uist Development Company.

Comhairle Convener, Kenny Macleod, said: “Neil was a knowledgeable and unassuming individual who worked quietly and very effectively for his local community. Our thoughts are with Neil’s family and friends at this sad time, particularly his wife Grace and daughters Laura and Kirsty. ”

The Comhairle flag is flying at half-mast at its Balivanich office.