Tiree Community Business held a successful open meeting on the 27th June 2011 at An Talla where TCB Directors, Chris Hall and Micheal Holiday from Roots, and Stewart Meikle – all experts in their own fields – were on hand to explain in more detail the proposed plans for the purchase and development of the Business Centre.
Around 70 people turned up and provided feedback on the proposed development. Three possible design options for the proposed extension and several options to improve the external appearance of the existing building were shown. Feedback from those of you who came along to the event highlighted that the overwhelming preference was design option 2 – this option provides the largest available floor space and fits well with the design of the current building.
Other feedback included the need to make sure the new facilities did not duplicate any other existing provision on the island and that there was a real need for additional office space for rental. All of the feedback is being considered by the directors and will help to inform the final proposal that goes forward to secure funding.
If you did not manage along on the 27th there is still an opportunity to view the display boards as these will be in the Business Centre for the next month. Please pop in and have a look and complete a feedback form. The animated fly through of all three options can also be found on the About Us page of An Tirisdeach. This is well worth a look as it really brings the proposals to life.
The next stage will be to consult with planning officials to gain feedback on the likelihood of the preferred option gaining planning approval and to obtain an outline of the likely costs associated with the extension. This will allow us to progress to the first stage of a Big Lottery application.
The Directors would like to thank Roots for the stunning presentation of the displays, Stewart and Norma who organised the event and a special thanks to everyone who came along to support and comment on the proposals. We will keep you updated on how the project progresses over the next few months.