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Royal Mail post to Tiree

Following the matter being raised by a constituent we have been making enquiries into additional (i.e. not the usual weather related) delays to the mail service reaching the island over the last months.
We made enquiries with Loganair, who confirmed the issue to be due to the increase in volume of postal deliveries to the island since the start of COVID-19 restrictions. The increase was such that the maximum carrying capacity allowed for on the regular plane service was being reached quite frequently, and this caused delays to post that then couldn’t be loaded until a following flight. They referred us to the appropriate contact at Royal Mail who determine the service provided.
We have since been in dialogue over the past month or two with Distribution Manager for the area, Paul, who went away and looked into the options possible to address this for Tiree.
We are delighted to have just heard that additional capacity on the flights has now been agreed and put in place which should resolve the capacity issue. Welcome news indeed ahead of the Xmas period!
We are grateful to Royal Mail for their response and commitment to serving all customers in the UK regardless of where we live – and of course to the staff locally and further afield whose efforts all mean that Tiree residents (many of us not making trips to the mainland to shop for less common items because of COVID-19) have access to much of the things we all rely on and/or which provide welcome comfort during trying times.

Notice of Meeting: delayed November meeting – 19th Nov 7pm

Due to widespread broadband issues on Tiree last week, our meeting scheduled for Nov 11th was cancelled – we have rescheduled the meeting for Thursday 19th Nov at 7pm.

The agenda is as follows:

  1. Apologies
  2. Welcome, especially to new councillors
  3. Declaration of conflicts of interest
  4. Minutes and matters arising
  5. Correspondence: repair schedule for A83, wartime debris on Crossapol beach; radio training
  6. Tiree water supply: challenges and solutions: (If possible to reschedule, we will have a presentation by Brian McCarthy, Reservoir Manager and Mark Petrie, Water Risk & Lifecycle Planning Manager for Scottish Water with the opportunity to ask questions
  7. Covid-19 tier 2 allocation for Tiree as part of Argyll + Bute Council area
  8. Transport update
  9. Openreach / Internet connectivity issues
  10. Forming Planning Sub-group
  11. Discussion of positions for TCC ahead of Tiree Trust meeting on certain issues:
    Proposed Motion 1: Tiree Community Council agrees to work with other bodies, including the Tiree Community Development Trust, Argyll and Bute Council and the Scottish Government, with the objective of developing policies that aim to increase the Tiree population as counted in the Census between 2021 and 2031.
    Proposed Motion 2: Tiree Community Council agrees to work with other bodies with the aim of increasing the number of Gaelic speakers on the island to 45% by 2031 as established by the Census.

    1. Procedural note: These motions have been submitted in advance to facilitate discussion, they will need to be formally proposed and seconded during the meeting before being discussed – they may be amended before being voted upon.
  12. AOCB
  13. Date of next meeting

The minutes from the last meeting are here: DRAFT COMMUNITY COUNCIL MINUTES OCTOBER 2020

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Topic: Tiree Community Council November 2020 meeting
Time: Nov 19, 2020 07:00 PM

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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.

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.

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By-election Results

We have  received notice from Argyll and Bute Council of the results of the recent by-election and the number of votes received by each candidate was as follows:
BENNETT, Jacqueline – 74
CAMPBELL, Iona M – 240 – ELECTED
CARR, Stewart G – 88 – ELECTED
LARG, Iona M – 74
PATIENCE, John – 214 – ELECTED
REID, Louise J – 261 – ELECTED
There were 302 ballots counted, with 6 rejected, which means a turnout of 58% of those able to vote.
We would like to thank all candidates for putting themselves forward, congratulate those successfully elected and welcome them as members!

Notice of Public Meeting: Wed 11th November 7pm

NOTE: Due to issues with internet connectivity affecting large amounts of the island in the days immediately prior to this meeting it was postponed. A new date will be announced shortly.

The next public meeting of Tiree Community Council is on Wednesday 11th November from 7pm via Zoom. The agenda is as follows:

  1. Apologies
  2. Welcome, especially to new councillors
  3. Declaration of conflicts of interest
  4. Minutes and matters arising
  5. Correspondence: repair schedule for A83, wartime debris on Crossapol beach; radio training
  6. Tiree water supply: challenges and solutions: presentation by Brian McCarthy, 7. Reservoir Manager and Mark Petrie, Water Risk & Lifecycle Planning Manager for Scottish Water with the opportunity to ask questions
  7. Covid-19 tier 2 allocation for Tiree as part of Argyll + Bute Council area
  8. Transport update
  9. Discussion of motions ahead of Tiree Trust meeting:
    Motion 1: Tiree Community Council agrees to work with other bodies, including the Tiree Community Development Trust, Argyll and Bute Council and the Scottish Government, with the objective of developing policies that aim to increase the Tiree population as counted in the Census between 2021 and 2031.
    Motion 2: Tiree Community Council agrees to work with other bodies with the aim of increasing the number of Gaelic speakers on the island to 45% by 2031 as established by the Census.
  10. AOCB
  11. Date of next meeting

(Agenda edited 06/11/2020 due to updated information, texts of motions added)

The minutes from the last meeting are here: DRAFT COMMUNITY COUNCIL MINUTES OCTOBER 2020

Meeting joining details (NOTE – You will need to enter the passcode manually this time when you connect – this is to try to avoid “bots” joining the meeting):

Topic: Tiree Community Council November 2020 meeting
Time: Nov 11, 2020 07:00 PM London

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Meeting ID: 869 3660 7103
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Meeting ID: 869 3660 7103
Pass code: 985167
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Guidance on joining the meeting:

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.

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.

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:

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You can also “raise your hand” to ask to speak using:

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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

Notice and Agenda for TCC Public meeting – Wednesday 14th October 2020

The next public meeting of the Council will take place on Wednesday 14th October at 7pm via Zoom. As last month, we have moved to the second Wednesday of the month as standard for the time being, due to a routine clash with Mull Community Council’s meetings – so as to make it easier for our Argyll and Bute Ward Councillors to attend.

Agenda:

  1. Welcome
  2. Apologies
  3. Conflicts of interest
  4. Correspondence: including water supply capacity problems on Tiree; Argyll Estate factor; the current position of Argyll and Bute Council on Zoom meetings for community councils; national meeting with Deputy First Minister about Gaelic; gravel extraction from beaches; car parking at the school; Tiree Wave Classic
  5. By-election
  6. Transport:

a) Transport Forum Report (including formal adoption of update to terms of reference and membership)
Air Travel
Reduction in LoganAir timetable
Flight arrivals from overseas
Retiral of the SAABs
Closure North/South runway
Delays in the Post
b) Ferries

Summer timetable Monday boat instead of Friday
Two boats on Saturdays early Q1 2021 due to Clansman be replaced by LOTI

  1. Boundary Commission investigation into ward boundaries in Argyll and Bute: response of Tiree Community Council
  2. Public contributions
  3. Date of next meeting

Papers:

DRAFT COMMUNITY COUNCIL MINUTES SEPTEMBER 2020

Tiree Transport Forum Terms of Reference v3 October 2020 (Note these have been updated from the original posted version due to feedback)

Tiree Community Council Police report 14.10.20

Meeting joining details:

Topic: Tiree Community Council October 2020 meeting
Time: Oct 14, 2020 07:00 PM London

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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.

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:

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You can also “raise your hand” to ask to speak using:

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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

By-election contest announced

We have an election!
The Argyll and Bute Returning Officer has notified us that there are six candidates seeking election to the four spaces on the Community Council which are to be filled. Thank you to all six candidates for stepping forward!
The notice from the Returning Officer follows:
NOTICE OF POLL
ELECTION OF COMMUNITY COUNCILLORS FOR BY-ELECTION DAY
5 NOVEMBER 2020
1. A By Election is being held to fill vacant seats in the undernoted Community Council’s.
2. Polling will take place for the election of Community Councillors for the Community Council’s as shown below because the number of validly nominated Candidates exceeds the number of Community Councillors to be elected in that Area.
3. The name and address of each Candidate is as follows:-
BENNETT Jacqueline Schoolhouse, Balemartine, Isle of Tiree
CAMPBELL Iona M 4 Baugh, Isle of Tiree
CARR Stewart G Sanderling, Balephetrish, Isle of Tiree
LARG Iona M The Two Harvests No 2, Balemartine, Isle of Tiree
PATIENCE John Taigh an Altire, Caolis, Isle of Tiree
REID Louise J 11 Sruthan Terrace, Crossapol, Isle of Tiree
1. The persons entitled to vote at these elections are the persons registered in the Register of Electors in force as at 1 September 2020 for the Community Council area but a person whose name is so registered may not vote if the entry in the Register gives as the date on which he/she will attain the age of 16 years a day later than the day of the election.
2. Electors will be sent a Postal Ballot Paper and will require to return this to me by not later than 4.00pm on Thursday 5 November 2020 if their votes are to be counted.
3. Candidate Statements if submitted by them, will be included in the postal pack and available on the Council website http://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/elections during the election period.
Pippa Milne
Returning Officer
Council Offices
Kilmory
Lochgilphead
Argyll PA31 8RT
September 2020

Register of Electors Annual Canvass

Argyll and Bute Council are currently conducting the annual canvass to update the electoral register. There have been some changes due to recent law changes.

Anyone aged 16 or over can now register to vote in all Scottish elections.

If you have recently moved or have any other reason to think you may not be registered, you can do so online via http://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

If you have any questions and need further advice, you can contact the Argyll & Bute local office at ero-abc@dab-vjb.gov.uk

Poster contains same information as article above

By-election Notice – nominations open Sept 9th 2020

Argyll and Bute Council have announced that the by-elections to community councils across the local authority area, postponed in the spring due to COVID-19, will now go ahead. The elections themselves will take place on November 5th, with nominations opening on Wednesday 9th September (coincidentally, the same day as our next meeting) and close on the 24th September.

What does this mean?

There are eight elected places on the Tiree Community Council. These are public elected offices, which all persons on the electoral roll for the island of Tiree may nominate to and vote for. At the last election, four people were elected (John Holliday, Phyl Meyer, Alison Clark and Gerard McGoogan).

Elected members are allowed to co-opt to fill vacancies temporarily, as well as invite others to participate on a non-voting “advisory” capacity to bring in needed skills/perspectives. TCC had brought two others in by these methods, and was working towards further co-options – but if a by-election is held any spots filled by co-option are offered up for election again.

For these reasons, this by-election will be for the four places on TCC not already filled by elected members. Previously co-opted members may of course stand for election.

How does it work and how do you put yourself forward?

Because this is a public role, there are formal procedures that have to be followed if you wish to be considered to join the community council.

  1. You must be eligible – meaning you must be (already, before this point) a registered elector on Tiree, 16 years old or above at the point of the election, and not excluded from holding public office (there are some types of job which include a prohibition against this). This effectively means you should be a “permanent resident” of Tiree, and this is the stated intent in the terms of the TCC constitution – anyone ceasing to be such would automatically be deemed to have resigned.
  2. You have to complete a Nomination Form, which two other registered electors from Tiree must sign to put you forward for election. The form is not too complicated, and assistance with completing it can be provided by existing members or by Council staff). The form must be submitted to Council staff by the deadline on September 24th.
  3. If nominated, and the number of nominations is less than or equal to the number of places – there is no actual election. Uncontested, valid candidates are simply deemed to be elected immediately following the close of nominations.
  4. If more candidates come forward than places, a vote will take place on November 5th. Due to COVID-19 this will be a postal ballot – every registered voter on Tiree will be sent a mail-in ballot to complete in advance of the election date where they can say which candidates they wish to be elected – you can vote for as many candidates as there are vacancies – in this case four. These must be returned by post before the election day.

Why should people stand?

Community Council is a vital layer of representation, with responsibility and rights to play a key role on matters such as planning policy and consultation, as well as identifying the needs and wishes of the local community and making representation to other bodies and levels of Government, etc. A strong, healthy community council can make a real difference in raising matters of concern to residents and driving forward positive changes and improvements to services, as well as supporting and promoting local culture, tourism and economy. On Tiree, we are fortunate to have organisations such as the Tiree Community Development Trust to take forward much of the practical development of work to build our community resources – it’s a huge help to them for us to be here to support good communication and representation of what people feel are priorities, and what they need, etc.

The recent pandemic has shone a powerful light on how important this function can be – TCC members played a big role in making representation to Calmac, MSPs, government ministers and others about the effect lockdown restrictions could have on our community and local economy.

Why should I stand? What could I contribute?

Many people don’t tend to think of themselves as being “political” or having the skills or expertise they think is needed to play a useful role on something like a community council – but the truth is that one of the biggest needs is for the community council to have a real breadth of voices on it, with a range of backgrounds and experiences, so that when the rest of the community look at who is supposed to be representing them what they see is reasonable reflective of themselves. The most important thing is that you have a real wish to see good done in your local community for all who call it home, and that you are willing to look at the information, ask questions and work with others to ensure that a fair reflection of the views of the community is heard, and where needed a fair decision reached on what we say or do about something.

As has been mentioned above, we can bring in additional people with expertise, skills, etc if we feel there are gaps in those which would be useful to fill – but don’t underestimate the value of the contribution you could make! A lot of what we deal with is just a matter of looking at the facts, looking at any existing rules or policies and applying a bit of common sense as to what will be good for people here on the island.

How much time does it involve? What work would I need to do?

There isn’t too much of a fixed expectation on this – it does vary. As you can imagine the existing members were all quite a bit busier with TCC business during the last several months with COVID-19 than we expected we would be!

The main expectation is that you be willing to participate in most meetings (it’s fine if you occasionally can’t make some!) – which we currently tend to hold monthly, with a gap usually in the summer and sometimes around Xmas or New Year. Since COVID-19 came along these have all been taking place as online video/phone conference calls, and this has proven to work well and be more convenient and accessible for many of us. At some point physical meetings are likely to resume, but we are keen to keep the digital option going as it is very helpful for some, especially those with care responsibilities or mobility/energy impairments.

Between meetings, there is usually a background level of emails that come in and are circulated to the members, such as the regular planning application lists and other news items and consultation requests from the Council. These can usually be dealt with in a very flexible way, as and when you can find the time, and the members can agree between themselves how tasks are split up. So for example if there was a particular task you didn’t feel able or willing to contribute to, you could say so. There might be something else you were especially keen on, and others might then bow out of that task – and so on. Ultimately this is a volunteer position, and it is always up to you – we are very keen as a group to help each other to not take on too much, and understanding of the occasional need to take a break, etc. If you are concerned about this – please do speak to one or more of the existing members.

What support and training are provided?

Argyll and Bute Council can offer induction training and guidance to newly elected councillors, and the existing members are all very keen to provide any support needed for anyone that joins us. There are often opportunities available to council members to take part in further training sessions, and to attend meetings on particular subjects where we might have a role to contribute. Being an active community councillor can be a great way of gaining transferable skills and knowledge for a current or future career, while doing something useful for your local community.

I’m not sure I could manage / accessibility:

If you are interested but are concerned about taking part in connection with caring responsibilities, or a health condition, physical, mental or sensory impairment – please get in touch to discuss. There are all sorts of things that could be done to make reasonable adjustments to ensure you have the option to be involved and take part fully – elected office should be open to everyone.

Where can I get more information?

The nomination pack is attached below, which contains some information, and there is an excellent website run nationally to support Community Councils which has a set of pages about what a community council is and what it involves for members:

http://www.communitycouncils.scot/what-is-a-community-council.html

We hope to see a good number of candidates come forward – Tiree has been complimented recently for the extent to which our Community Council has been organised and working, and it would be a great endorsement of how active and engaged we are as a community to see a contested election!

Contested election! That sounds scary!

Please don’t be put off by this possibility – it’s not that scary really! Your name goes on the ballot papers that go to everyone and they vote – if you are especially keen to be elected you can choose to campaign if you wish – but this can be as simple as asking for friends to vote for you, maybe doing a social media post – or nothing at all and leave it up to people who already know you if that’s what you prefer. Nobody will be dragging you on stage or putting you on TV or anything like that! The role is a form of public elected office so a democratic process is just part and parcel of that.

Getting in touch to ask questions, or for help with the process:

The current members are also keen to offer any assistance we can – if you would find it helpful to talk to one or more of us informally about what is involved, please contact us either by e-mail (you can reach the Secretary, Phyl Meyer, at phyl@tireecommunitycouncil.co.uk), via our Facebook page, or directly.

Nomination Pack 5 November 2020

Nomination Form only 5 Nov 2020 – this is the only bit you need to print if completing a nomination form – or you can ask for one via Rona at the Council office.

There is also a series of documents on the Argyll and Bute Council website, including training resources about being a CC member, and if you’d like to delve into the more technical documentation, you can also find the “Scheme of Establishment” which defines the rules and the default constitution of the TCC here: https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/council-and-government/community-councils – it is definitely not necessary to familiarise yourself with all of this to put yourself forward however!

Meeting September 9th 2020

Our next meeting following our taking a break over summer will be held on Wednesday 9th September – having been shifted to the second Wednesday of the month due to a clash with neighbouring Mull’s regular slot, to make it easier for our ward councillors to join us. As always, members of the public are welcome to attend to observe the meeting.

The agenda is below as are the draft minutes as previously published as well as a proposed correction to these, for the last meeting in July.

Agenda:

TIREE COMMUNITY COUNCIL PUBLIC MEETING by Zoom

Wednesday 9 September 2020 7 pm

1. Apologies
2. Conflicts of interest
3. Minutes of the last meeting and matters arising
4. Correspondence: exposed dump on Crossapol beach; benches around
Tiree; meeting of Tiree Transport Forum; Electors Annual Canvass; Tiree
Wave Classic; campervan scheme; participation requests to Argyll and
Bute Council; car access to Tiree’s beaches; internet coverage; projection
of population on Tiree over the next ten years; Gaelic speaking on Tiree,
a new survey; governance issues
5. By-election (supersedes co-options)
6. Towards a new Tiree Community Council planning policy
7. Representation of Tiree’s on Argyll and Bute Council Sounding Board
and the Scottish Government’s Islands Strategic Group
8. Transport update
9. AOCB

Meeting joining link: https://bit.ly/31aQTnA
or by Telephone: 0131 460 1196
Meeting Zoom no. 825 7015 2533, password 705290

Minutes of last meeting:

DRAFT COMMUNITY COUNCIL MINUTES JULY 2020

Correction to Draft Minutes of Tiree Community Council meeting 1 July 2020

 

Guidance on joining the meeting:

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.

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.

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:

*6

You can also “raise your hand” to ask to speak using:

*9

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