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By-election to ensure continued operation of TCC


As we’ve notified previously via An Tirisdeach and social media, unfortunately only three candidates put themselves forward for the normal scheduled election of Tiree Community Council – one less than the minimum required to convene. A second chance to keep this vital layer of democracy and representation going is underway, with a byelection having been called. This is the last call for anyone willing to stand for Tiree Community Council.

Without a council, we would not have been able to lobby for reserved spaces for islanders on next summer’s ferries. Or badger Argyll and Bute Council to get the school’s security lights switched off at night. Or make the case for a new water treatment plant for Tiree to ensure new homes can continue to be connected.

There are five places up for grabs, and an election is highly unlikely. Nominations close on Thursday 3 November. You can get forms from Rona at the Crossapol office or from us:

Dr John Holliday | 220385 |
Phyl Meyer |

Consultation on future of Argyll and Bute air services

The Argyll and Bute Council is consulting on local air transport services on the West Coast area, linking Oban, Tiree, Coll, Colonsay and Islay. This consultation will inform the next contract for the service and shall consider issues including:

•            Current use of the air service
•            Preferred flight times and days
•            The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to deliver services

The last item is under active consideration following successful trials of UAVs to deliver supplies during the pandemic, resulting in significant savings for the NHS. Active work is in development to create a UAV Hub at Oban airport, with Royal Mail also interested in the possible applications.

If you would like to respond to the consultation directly, or just find out more, you can do so here:

TCC will be happy to make a submission on behalf of Tiree constituents, so if you would like to feed in your views to that, please email TCC member Phyl Meyer at

Take part in survey on the future of schools leadership in Argyll and Bute

We are currently running a survey to gather views from the community on proposed changes to the way schools are led in our Council area – proposals which are quite similar in many ways to the temporary arrangement that our own school has been operating under with Oban High School for the past two years.
You will find more information about the survey within the survey introduction. Please note that all submissions are anonymous. We will ask about what group you belong to within the community, but individual responses cannot be linked back to a named individual.
You will find links to information about the Council’s proposal and the school’s latest HMIE report in the introduction, or you can follow the links below.
To search for the HMIE Report:
The Council’s ‘Empowering Our Educators’ information page:

Baugh phone box repaired and restored

Sometimes persistence pays off! Although times have moved on for the classic red phone box and seeing one still in service is an increasingly rare sight in the age of smartphones, they can still be an important and valued service for some, and an occasional savour in time of need. Tiree has only one box still maintained in-service, the rest have been transferred to the community for use in various ways.

Unfortunately the Baugh phone box was inoperable for quite some time, and had deteriorated badly, with it’s door eventually breaking off entirely. This is an issue that has been raised with TCC several times over a period of over 3 years and has been raised with BT many times, but various factors not least of them the COVID-19 pandemic had delayed a full resolution.

We are however delighted to report that thanks to the attentions of BT engineers, the box has now resumed it’s former glory and is operational, repaired with a new door and some fresh paint:

UPDATE: Unfortunately, we have reports that there is still an issue – the coin mechanism is only accepting pound coins! This is on file to be addressed soon!

Meeting Notice: Wed 20th October 2021

TCC members have agreed due to clashes of availability for councillors on the 13th during October holidays to push back the next scheduled meeting to Wednesday October 20th at 7pm.


1. Welcome
2. Apologies
3. Declarations of interest
4. Minutes of last meeting and matters arising: access to TCC accounts; new bin
lorry; community garden; licensing of short-term lets
5. Correspondence: Tiree Harbour Users Consultative Forum on 22 November; Mull
schools; Licensing Board meeting 9th November; human waste at Balevullin
beach; Light Up Red Campaign
6. Meetings reports: Tiree Community Development Trust; Mull Community Council
7. Consultations: National Care Service; Policing; Island Bond; CalMac Socio-
Economic Reporting
8. Broadband and Cornaigmore mast commissioning
9. Consultation on the pros and cons of a resumption of in-person meetings as
against Zoom meetings
10. Simultaneous translation of TCC meetings into Gaelic starting at November
11. Planning application in Vaul 21/01117/PP
12. TCC email system
13. Co-option and community council elections in October 2022
14. Transport: meeting of Tiree Transport Forum
15. Coastal erosion
16. Use of Scarinish phone box
17. Meetings with the Hebridean Trust about the future of Hynish
18. AOCB
19. Date of next meeting

Meeting papers:


Draft TCC minutes September 2021

Minutes of meeting between TCC and TCDT 14.09.21


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. Keeping it off rather than on but covered over also helps reduce internet load for participants.

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Topic: Tiree Community Council October 2021
Time: Oct 20, 2021 07:00 PM London

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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.

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