A meeting took place of the Tiree Transport Forum on Jan 17th 2020, the minutes for which are linked below. Key items for discussion included the coming Link Span replacement and wider ferry issues, and scheduling of flights:
The next meeting of the TCC shall be held on Wednesday 5th February from 7:30pm, at An Talla. We hope to see lots of you there. Please let the TCC Secretary know if there is anything we can do that would help you attend or participate fully at firstname.lastname@example.org
The agenda is linked below:
Tonight the Community Council agreed there is a need to set up a working group that takes a longer term view about the future of the island, in particular issues relating to the changing climate and sea levels, and the impacts that scientists are warning we should now expect to face.
Tiree, as a particular low-lying island, is likely to be among the most deeply affected parts of Scotland. Recently published estimates for the range of possible change in sea level we could see within the century make for sobering reading, especially when the effects of coastline erosion in light of increasingly stormy weather is taken into account.
Transition away from fossil fuels is likely to need to be greatly accelerated, and it will be vital to our island’s future that our infrastructure is prepared for that, and that local businesses are supported.
If you are interested in taking part in this group and beginning a discussion about these issues and what we might be asking be done in preparation – please get in touch with TCC member Phyl Meyer by e-mail at email@example.com
The next meeting of the Community Council shall be held at An Talla on Wednesday 11th December starting at 7:30pm.
All members of the community are welcome. If there are any accessibility requests which it would be helpful for us to be aware of please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
The agenda is as follows:
1. Proposal of Ian Gillies as co-opted councillor
2. Conflicts of Interest
3. Minutes of last meeting and matters arising: including Scarinish public toilets update
5. Recent changes to the administration of Highlands and Islands Patient Travel Scheme
6. Streaming of TCC public meetings online
7. Secretarial position
8. Linkspan update and ferry timetables
9. Visit from Joe Reade from Mull and Iona Ferries Group
10. ‘Land Below the Waves’: reception in Scottish Parliament in March: a progress report
11. Report of Scottish land Commission meeting, and possible invitation to Hugh Nicol, factor of Argyll Estates to February’s public meeting
12. Working party on a possible Tiree Food Bank
13. Date of next meeting: possibly February
<a href=”http://tireecommunitycouncil.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Agenda-december2019.docx”>Agenda december2019</a>
TCC along with TTF met Robbie Drummond CEO of CalMac on Wed 19th June to discuss the issues raised in TCC’s submission to the CalMac Community Board viz a viz unreliability.
This co-incided with other island ferry groups making similar submissions, as a consequence of which CalMac had decided to embark on this road-show presentation
TCC was not being psychotic .Tiree had experienced a rise from 9.7% to 16.2% in winter cancellation compared to last year , but this similar to winter cancellation rate for the 3 yrs 2013-2016 .
The reason given was ‘ increased frequency of inclement weather ‘
Calmac’s presentation was buttressed by several factors, one of which was the increased threat of the criminalisation of seafarers. This requires further scrutiny .
We will keep you informed
AGENDA: Wednesday 8th May 2019 7.30 pm, An Talla
1. Welcome and apologies
2. Declarations of interest
5. Report of meeting with A&BC/HIE.
6. Tiree-Oban Air Service Tender Update
7. CalMac Community Board/Ferry Reliability Update
8. TCDT/TCC Joint Meeting Report
9. Phone Box Project
10. Scarinish Public Toilets
11. TCC Representation
12. Date of June meeting
Note TCC’s meeting will report on its meeting earlier in the day with Fergus Murray, Head of Economic Development and Strategic Transport at Argyll and Bute Council. TCC’s hopes to report on the implications of the outcome of the Argyll Air tender which closed on Wed 2nd May .Also ,as Fergus Murray is A&BC’s man in charge of implementing the Islands Bill, TCC will report on exacly what A&BC has done , if anything , so far.