Community Council News

At a well attended meeting on Wed 5th Dec the main topics discussed were ;-Tiree High School, Marine Litter, Linkspan replacement, CalMac’s Winter 2019-20 time table consultation and the update of ongoing TCC matters.

At the outset, TCC advised that it would be meeting with Tiree’s County Councillors, in January, to discuss Council budget issues, prior to Feb’s A&BC’s Council Budget meeting. Tiree High School;- Will Wright, chairman of the Parents’ Council gave a detailed briefing of current issues at the school. This was followed by a lengthy general discussion, with many parents offering input. TCC advised that it would assist the Parent’s Council as required, and would attend,as an observer, the forthcoming PC meeting with various educational bodies.

Transport issues:-

are a TCC perennial! TCC still has an on-going dialogue with Loganair on wheelchair access, but the main transport topic was CalMac’s Consultation on the Winter 2019-2020 time table. The Transport Forum,having assessed the options, was divided on maintaining the current status quo, or requesting closer alignment with the Summer timetable. TCC’s meeting reflected this division,but was advised that Transport Scotland’s cost-neutral requirement of any table change would probably dictate no change.

The Transport Forum has requested that any future discussion on CalMac time-tabling, should be a genuine consultation, and not a tick-the- box exercise.

LinkSpan Replacement:-

The comprehensive public presentations by CMAL and CalMac were briefly discussed. Feb- March 2020 has been decided for the work period. Both presentations are on the TCC website, and includes a list of Qs TCC has asked CalMac to clarify by our Feb meeting. ( http:// www.tireecommunitycouncil.co. uk/tiree-linkspancmal-andcalmac- presentations/ )

Public toilets:-

re Community Ownership of Scarinish public toilet, A&BC’s initial response was favourable. TCC awaits further input from A&BC.

Marine Litter:-

TCC had received two detailed correspondences, one of which had been copied into Mike Russell MSP. Steph Cope gave a detailed presentation with particular reference to Scottish Govt policy, and initiatives . TCC is taking this issue further via MR By this time,eyes were drooping, so we rattled through the last couple of agenda items agreeing to seek clarification from A&BC on specifics re implementation of the Islands Bill, and advising the meeting that following the passing of the Crown Estate Bill, kelp harvesting would be subject to a Scottish Govt Regulatory Review, ie kicked into touch.

Councillors Willy Angus Maclean, Robert Trythall and Ian Gillies attended. Apologies were received from Alison Clark, and Dr John Holliday.

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