The First Minister announced a website set up by Scottish Government seeking input on a “framework for decision making” in response to COVID-19. Individual members of the public and community groups and organisations can submit ideas.
This includes proposed changes and options about:
staying at home
visiting other households
resuming care and support for those most affected by the current restrictions
businesses that have been subject to restrictions or closure
allowing pupils to return to school
The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon emphasised the need for transparency when she launched the framework and invited the people of Scotland to engage in this conversation to help us take the next steps to navigate to a new normal.
Our first public meeting of the Community Council since this situation began was held on May 6th, and the deadline is on May 11th so there is little time left for TCC to develop a full response to this on behalf of the community – but we are looking at doing what we can. However we’d encourage anyone with thoughts to submit these as an individual:
The site can be found here: https://www.ideas.gov.scot/covid-19-a-framework-for-decision-making
At our meeting last night there was discussion about the planning guidance available to local residents seeking to develop their homes or construct new buildings. The meeting agreed it would be helpful to draw to the community’s attention the existing guidance, to which planning decisions must have reference, which was published in 2007.
The document was held to be an excellent and most helpful piece of planning guidance that should be the envy of many other communities, but there was general agreement that there would be benefit in exploring the possibility of it being given an update (the previous consultation on it now being 12 years old) and that in particular it would be useful to develop more detail around the ways in which design of buildings could evolve in future.
Councillors and members of the public suggested that residents keen to explore use of new materials and construction methods might find it useful for the guidance to explore further how a balance could be struck between innovation and having regard for the distinctive look and feel of Tiree.
The TCC agreed to reach out to the Council Planning department to see what options might be available to explore this. The existing guidance can be found on the Argyll and Bute Council website here:
Members of the community may be interested to attend this meeting, discussing a subject very relevant to the future community-led development of Tiree. The event is free to attend and open to any member of the public:
Public Meeting: An Talla, Crossapol, Tiree – Monday 25 November 2019, 7pm
Come along and find out how your community can benefit from:
transforming vacant and derelict land
community engagement in decisions relating to land
modernising land ownership.
This is a free event, open to all. Tea & coffee will be provided.
For more information please contact us on: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01463 423 300
Following Tiree Community Council’s written submissions to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the Croft House Grant Scheme in March 2015 when we argued strongly against the proposed level of grant assistance being increased to only £28,000, we are very pleased to be able to report that the Environment Minister Dr Aileen McLeod has agreed with us that a substantial increase was required. Dr MacLeod set a new upper amount of £38,000 from April 1st this year in island areas, together with other important changes giving greater flexibility to the scheme. Here is what the Minister had to say in her press release. This is great news for aspiring young crofters wishing to build on the islands.
Tiree Community Council’s responses to the consultation is here: