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Notice and Agenda for our public meeting Wed 12th May 2021

Our May 2021 meeting will take place on Wednesday 12th May at 7pm via Zoom

Agenda:

1.     Welcome
2.     Apologies
3.     Declaration of interest
4.     Minutes of last meeting and matters arising:  including updates on damage to An Turas; Scarinish Pier; High telecare costs in Argyll and Bute; distribution of the new Tiree driving leaflet and sign; the vacancy for Tiree Dentist; Tiree Parent-Teacher Council; and result of Cycle repair stands pre-planning advice
5.     Correspondence: including a suggestion about the ferry timetable, and the Police report: Tiree Community Council Police report 12.05.21
6.     Meetings attended: Visit Scotland, Mull Community Council
7.     Redevelopment of the Gott Bay pier marshalling area: progress report, including a report on the recent Gott Bay Harbour Users Group meeting
8.    Planning policy: agreeing publication of our draft TCC Planning Policy, and a schedule for consultation on it
9.    Transport: updates on the ferry and air service and the next meeting of the Tiree Transport Forum
10.   Community garden: progress report
11.  AOCB: a chance for members of the public to raise matters that are not on the agenda

Draft minutes of the previous meeting: DRAFT-COMMUNITY-COUNCIL-MINUTES-APR

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Announcement on Tiree and other islands timetable for easing COVID restrictions – 13th April

From today’s statement by the First Minister, the excerpt relating to island lockdown easing timetable:
 
“Let me say a word now about our island communities.
 
Several of our islands – including Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles – are already in level 3. That partly reflects the fact that they have had lower rates of Covid than the mainland, although there have been outbreaks that again show the need for caution even in our more remote communities and on our islands.
 
I set out previously that we would consult with island communities about whether, from 26 April, they wanted to move down to level 2 – which the data would justify – even though that would necessitate keeping travel restrictions to and from the mainland in place to avoid the risk of cases being imported to and spreading within the islands;
 
Or, alternatively, whether they preferred to stay at level 3 with the rest of the country for a further 3 weeks to enable the lifting of travel restrictions and the opening of tourism and hospitality to visitors.
 
It is fair to say there is no universal opinion here – so I know neither option will please everyone.
 
However, based on the balance of opinion, we have decided on the latter option – aligning islands with the rest of the country for a period so that travel, and therefore parts of the economy that so many islanders rely on, can operate more normally from 26 April.
 
To those who would have preferred to see the islands move to level 2 at the end of April, let me reassure you that we do expect at least a move to level 2 to happen three weeks later on 17 May. So this is not long in the context of what we have been dealing with over the past year, where every day feels like an eternity, but it’s not an unending period of time.
 
In the meantime, as a result of staying in level 3 for a bit longer, it will be possible for islanders and visitors to travel to and from the islands and I know that will make a difference to individuals and businesses on the islands.
 
More generally, we currently expect the whole country to move to at least level 2 on 17 May, to level 1 in early June; and to level 0 in later June.”

Notice and agenda for our 14th April 2021 meeting

Our April 2021 meeting will take place on Wednesday 14th April at 7pm via Zoom

Agenda:

1.     Welcome
2.     Apologies
3.     Declaration of interest
4.     Minutes of last meeting and matters arising: including coastal erosion; high cost of heating houses on Tiree; simultaneous translation into Gaelic for public meetings
5.     Correspondence: election hustings in Mull; Tiree Airport ADAF survey; Baugh public telephone box; dentist; road safety leaflet; reduced croft payments; Tobermory High School; Hustings being held by Mull + Iona Trust for our Scottish Parliament constituency Thurs 15th
6.     Pier survey: report by Alison Clark and discussion of next steps
7.     Timetable for easing restrictions: report by Phyl Meyer and Iona Campbell on the results of surveys from Tiree and other islands, Scottish Government current recommendations and likely future dates
8.     Presentation of draft Tiree Community Council planning policy by John Patience and the planning sub-committee, with a public meeting for consultation to follow
9.     The pros and cons of in-person versus Zoom for Tiree Community Council public meetings
10.  Transport: report by Gerard McGoogan on Calmac and Interruption in HebAir schedule
11.  Scarinish Community Garden: report by Gerard McGoogan
12.  Community Council phone box project: report by John Patience
13.  Cycle repair stand project: report by Phyl Meyer
14.  Dates of AGM and a summer recess
15.  AOCB: a chance for members of the public to raise matters that are not on the agenda

Draft minutes of the previous meeting: DRAFT-COMMUNITY-COUNCIL-MINUTES-MARCH

As mentioned under correspondence, there is an election hustings being held by Mull and Iona Community Development Trust for candidates for the local Scottish Parliament constituency of Argyll and Bute the day after our meeting. They will be streaming the hustings via their Facebook Page.

Meeting joining instructions:

Please note: our meetings are recorded for the purpose of minute taking. If you do not wish your camera feed to be recorded, please do not enable your camera, or switch it off using the Camera button on the app, rather than covering it – this helps reduce internet load for participants.

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Guidance on joining the meeting:

You can choose how you view the meeting using the app if joining via the internet – “Gallery view” shows you multiple participants

Please note that by default you will join the meeting muted (i.e. you will not be sending sound out to the rest of the participants) – please leave yourself muted unless you need to speak, and when invited to do so by the chair, and remember to re-mute afterwards. This is needed to ensure that the call is not made very difficult to follow by background noise from multiple people, which can be extremely disruptive to the call.

The mute and unmute button is in the lower left, and looks like a microphone, next to the button for switching your webcam on/off.

If you are using a telephone to dial in, the mute and unmute command can be given by typing on your handset:

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If joining by computer, you can find a button to “Raise your hand” to ask to speak under the “Participants” menu, accessed by pressing the Participants button (looks like a human figure, in the middle of the bottom part of the window). You can also use the chat function to make a comment or to ask to speak on a point.

You can “raise your hand” to ask to speak if phoning in by using the code:

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As ever if you have questions or if there is anything we can do to help you take part in the meeting accessibly, please let us know by e-mailing phyl@tireecommunitycouncil.co.uk 

Upcoming Gaelic events and activities – March 2021

#cleachdiaigantaigh – Argyll & Bute

Comann nam Pàrant have been working with partners to create a timetable with a wealth of Gaelic sessions and activities to support Gaelic Medium Pupils. This has been done under Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s hashtag, #cleachdiaigantaigh.  The timetable is put together by Bòrd na Gàidhlig and hosted on the Comann nam Pàrant website.

If anyone would like any further information about Comann nam Pàrant or what we do within Argyll to support Gaelic Medium Parents please email innes@cnag.org

 

Fèis na Càisge (5-9 Giblean)

Tha clàradh fosgailte airson bùthan-obrach ciùil, seinn is dràma do dh’òigridh thairis làithean-saora na Càisge air a stiùireadh le oidean dòigheil nam Fèis.  

Gheibh sibh tuilleadh fiosrachaidh an seo. 

Easter Fèis (5-9 April) 

Booking is now open for online Gaelic and English medium instrumental, song and drama workshops for young people, led by fun and friendly Fèis tutors. Workshops are free with donations welcome.

Please find further information here.  

GME Videos, Comann nam Pàrant Nàiseanta     

Comann nam Pàrant have released six new informative and concise videos about Gaelic Medium Education. The videos will look at GME at each stage from 0-18 and how families and schools dealt with lockdown.

The six videos will be released on Comann nam Pàrant’s Social Media Channels and are available on the Comann nam Pàrant website.

Comann nam Pàrant – GME Videos (parant.org.uk).  For more information please contact, innes@cnag.org

Gìog-ort!

Stòrlann have released a series of ten short Gaelic films for use in the home. You can view the first short film in the series online at https://www.gaidhlig-nan-og.scot/, click on Keek-a-Boo.  ‘Gàidhlig nan Òg’ is a great place to look for songs and rhymes to support children in early years.

“Cofaidh is Cabadaich”

Bidh “Cofaidh is Cabadaich” aig Dùn Ollaidh is Ionad Gàidhlig Furan a’ tachairt air Diardaoin an 1d den Ghiblein eadar 1.30f is 3f air Zoom. Airson clàradh, cuiribh fios gu jamie@dunollie.org

Feuch gun sgaoil sibh am fiosrachadh seo gu neach sam bith a bhiodh airson a bith an làthair.

The next Dunollie and Furan “Cofaidh is Cabadaich” session will take place on Thursday 1st April between 1.30pm and 3pm on Zoom. To register, e-mail jamie@dunollie.org

For other news, events and opportunities please head over to the Argyll Gaelic Forum.

Minutes of emergency private meeting 18th March 2021 re lockdown timetable consultation

MINUTES OF EMERGENCY PRIVATE MEETING OF TIREE COMMUNITY COUNCIL

18 March 2021 7.30 pm

By Zoom

 

  1. Present: Dr John Holliday (chair), Phyl Meyer, Gerard McGoogan, Alison Clark, Iona Campbell and Stewart Carr
  2. Apologies: John Patience and Louise Reid
  3. Basis of meeting: Tiree Community Council had been asked by Pippa Milne, the chief executive of Argyll and Bute Council, to provide feedback to the Leader of the Council, Robin Currie, by 1530 19 March. This feedback was the island’s view concerning the choice of level next month. There would be a further opportunity to submit feedback no later than the morning of Monday 21st March.
  4. Basis of the choice on offer: whether to move from Level 3 to what appears to be a modified Level 2 on 26 April with a restriction on travel between the mainland and Tiree, or to remain in Level 3 but have unrestricted travel to and from the mainland. We acknowledged that the situation was fast-moving and complex, and it was difficult to be sure that we had understood every possible implication. The discussion centred on the risk of importing Covid to the island, the protection offered by the vaccination programme to date, the economic effects of several further weeks of restricted travel on island tourism businesses that had already endured twelve months of reduced trading, the benefits of being in “Level 2” versus being in “Level 3” (thought to be relatively small), and the ability of island families to travel. Councillors had received a handful of emails already, mainly from islanders who owned or ran tourism-related businesses.
  5. Framing of a decision at this meeting: we decided, after some discussion, that we should have a vote so that the community council could present a voice from the island if necessary. We also decided to set up a digital survey on the matter which, if successful, would inform the final position we would take.
  6. Vote on a recommendation for the Level: we voted 5-0 to support “Level 3 with unrestricted travel” at this time, but agreed to review a final position after the survey.
  7. Survey: we agreed that PM and IC would work on the wording of a survey overnight. We will present the outcome of this, with all its caveats, to Cllr Currie before his meeting on Monday with the Scottish Government.

The meeting ended at 8.45 pm

Dr John Holliday

Outcome of our recent survey on Tiree’s timetable out of lockdown

Earlier today we sent the following letter to Argyll and Bute Council following our rapid-response survey announced on Friday:

Choice of Level for Tiree

Dear Robin and Pippa,

Following our useful meeting on Friday, Tiree Community Council wanted to gauge the opinion of the community on this matter as best we could in 36 hours. We therefore set up an online poll using SurveyMonkey.

We laid out our understanding of the situation laid out by the Scottish Government, and asked respondents to choose:

  • For Tiree to remain in Level 3, which would allow travel to and from the island, subject to restrictions on indoor meetings, or
  • For Tiree to move to Level 2, which would keep travel restrictions in place for an additional 3 weeks but allow for indoor meetings amongst island residents

Although we used the labels ‘Level 3’ and ‘Level 2’ for ease of reference, we acknowledge that those labels are not quite accurate, that the new arrangements proposed in the new route map are different. This was noted on the web post promoting the survey.

The survey was put together at great speed and using only our own resources. There are obvious methodological weaknesses: for example, a bias towards those using social media and the possibility that respondents could make inaccurate declarations of their place of residence.

However, we are confident it broadly represents the spread and balance of opinion in our community.

Summary:

  • 322 responses, including 273 residents, approximately 50% of the electoral roll
  • Of the residents, 41% want to remain in Level 3 with travel restrictions lifted, while 59% want to move to Level 2 with travel restrictions maintained
  • Even the majority of resident owners of tourism businesses want to move to Level 2 with travel restrictions maintained, albeit the split is more evenly balanced in this group

Many thanks for asking our opinion,

Dr John Holliday, on behalf of Tiree Community Council

You will note that we refer to the fact that what seems to be the likely options on offer to us do not correspond exactly to the former “Level 2” and “Level 3” – but rather that we used those labels as a way of simplifying the survey for people by using familiar terms – it seems we are now moving away from the previous versions of the Levels/Tiers with this new timetable, so the old versions of those levels/tiers do not really apply and things are still very subject to change.

The web post explaining the survey made this clear, although we understand some may (with the benefit of time and hindsight) feel things could have been worded better. All that can be said is that we did the best we could within the speed we felt we had to act and with which the survey was put together – and felt it best to prioritise a simple, intuitive approach.

We are given to understand that there may be further opportunity for (hopefully more thorough, less rushed) consultation on this soon. The results of this survey may not therefore be the final conclusion reached on this issue and we will continue to do our best to engage the community to ensure a representative position is taken going forward.

On a positive note – for the survey to have achieved 322 responses, of which 273 are from island residents (representing about half of the entire electoral roll on the island) in the space of just over 2 days is a remarkable response, of which we should all be proud. Thank you for participating if you were able to.

Thanks to some excellent work by TCC councillor Iona Campbell, please see below a write-up of the full results of the survey.

Result of Urgent Public Consultation on the Isle of Tiree copy

Urgent consultation survey – Tiree route out of lockdown

We have been asked on very short notice for our views in relation to the announcement First Minister Nicola Sturgeon made regarding the planned timetable for easing of restrictions out of lockdown for Scotland – specifically regarding the mention of there being options for islands like ours which have been under slightly more eased restrictions.

We have not been given much clarity on what possible range of options may be available but as best we can determine it seems likely to be a straight choice between two main options.

Background:

According to the timetable for easing restrictions, there is an expectation that we will be allowed to travel freely within Local Authority areas for non-essential purposes (rather than the “stay at home” restrictions operating on the mainland). There will then be a general shift on April 26th which can broadly be thought of as the mainland of Scotland returning to what was called “level 3” – for the most part. At that point up to 6 people from up to 3 households will be allowed to meet outdoors, and up to 4 people from 2 households can socialise indoors in a public place such as a café or restaurant. These are similar to the restrictions Tiree is currently under . However the key difference is that travel will from that point be allowed across mainland Scotland, not just within your Local Authority area – and tourist accommodation will be allowed to resume general operation – i.e. people will be allowed to travel and stay overnight, as long as it is using tourist accommodation.

Because island communities like Tiree have been relatively safer with lower or zero case levels, there is an option (we assume from April 26th) for islands like ours to drop from current restriction level (level 3) to what will be the new level 2 equivalent. We assume this to mean something similar to the restrictions which are expected to come in no earlier than May 17th – at which point up to 4 people from 2 households can socialise indoors in a private home.

However: The Scottish Government concern is that if people were able to travel freely to and from islands like ours, we would be under disproportionate risk if we were to be operating under greater easing of restrictions from the earlier date. They are therefore considering that if islands like ours were to continue to be treated separately from the mainland, and move to lower restrictions on April 26th, it would need to be accompanied by a continuation of travel restrictions to and from those islands until the later May 17th date. Note: we are unclear if this would also imply us not being able to travel within the local authority area from April 2nd

We are therefore being consulted about a choice on how we would prefer to be treated.

Again we must emphasise that this has been a fast moving issue and there is not a lot of clarity on exactly what options would be considered, there may be some sort of middle ground possible – but as best we can tell this boils down to choosing between two options:

Option A: Tiree would remain in “Level 3”, and would align with the new eased restrictions for mainland Scotland as of April 2nd, and then on April 26th. Tourists would be allowed to travel to and from the island as of the 26th, and residents would be allowed to travel off the island within Scotland (Note: not necessarily cross border travel to England or elsewhere)  and return, but all under level 3 restrictions – e.g. no indoor visits, accommodation only in hotels/tourist accommodation instead of staying with family, etc.

Option B: Tiree would move to the new “Level 2” equivalent earlier – possibly from April 26th, or possibly even April 2nd (we aren’t sure on this point!) – meaning lesser restrictions within the island community (indoor visits would be allowed, etc) – however travel to and from mainland Scotland would NOT be allowed for visitors or residents until the later easing of restrictions on May 17th – i.e. these further eased restrictions would only be available to us within Tiree itself until that later date.

Short-term Survey consultation:

We have set up a simple short survey poll to canvass opinion from the community, in addition to reaching out directly to consult with Tiree based business owners and operators. We have been asked to feed in a view by Monday 22nd – three days from the posting of this survey – so please respond quickly! You can complete the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PGWG6PD

If you have only one device but multiple people wishing to express a vote, drop us an e-mail or comment on the page instead as the survey only lets you vote once per device.

Some factors that the TCC members have considered in our own discussion of this:

  • Option A allows an earlier resumption of tourism visits and therefore trade for island based tourism business – with resulting economic benefit
  • Option A allows earlier travel off island for residents – albeit with pretty high restrictions still in effect – which could allow for some family contact (outdoors or limited in public places such as cafés etc). Alternatively family could come here, but they would need to stay in tourist accommodation, and the same restrictions would apply.
  • Option A allows for earlier access to things like travel off-island for shopping for things not available on-island – although note that this will not be practical for most people on Tiree from April 2nd as tourist accommodation for non-essential use does not resume until April 26th.
  • We are only talking about a period expected to be 3-5 weeks. Is it worth adding another layer of restrictions/complexity for the island compared to the mainland for such a short time rather than just being treated the same as the mainland?
  • Option A would have a greater/earlier risk impact on staff who work in service/retail that will be in contact with visitors coming here from the mainland.
  • Option B allows greater freedoms within the island community – but not for travel to and from the island. So those with family and friends here could see more of each other under that option, but not for family elsewhere.
  • Option B is technically the safer option for those who live here with regards to the pandemic – but vaccination levels are increasing steadily, and with the retention of higher restriction level for longer under Option A this safety factor as not as dominant as it was earlier in the pandemic
  • However – if the planned easing of restrictions does not go well and there is a resurgence in cases, or new variants of the virus, etc, remaining more secluded may mean the island could avoid as severe a return to lockdown and some of that risk.

What do you think?

Feel free to register and comment on this post below with your view as well as completing the survey on the two expected options. Please be mindful of our policy on comments

Opinion survey on Gott Bay Pier, marshalling area, car park

As discussed at recent meetings there have been a number of communications to TCC about the Gott Bay Pier, marshalling area and the road and car park areas there. Caledonian Marine Assets Limited (CMAL) are considering some works there, and there have been suggestions that wider work could be done to improve safety, appearance and functionality of the area.

We would like to invite members of the community as well as regular visitors to Tiree to respond to a survey we are running on this issue, which can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YN2QBNJ