Loganair GreenSkies Programme

Loganair, the UK’s largest regional airline, has today announced its “GreenSkies” environmental programme as it commits to being fully carbon neutral by 2040. It becomes the first UK regional airline to take such an ambitious step towards managing and mitigating the environmental impact of flying.

The GreenSkies initiative encompasses an immediate programme of carbon offsets to remove the same amount of carbon from the environment as that generated from each and every Loganair flight. At the same time, the airline is tackling the long-term goal of introducing sustainable aircraft into its fleet – with live trials taking place in the Orkney Islands this summer on developmental aircraft powered by hydrogen and renewable electricity as the first step to fully converting Loganair’s fleet to net zero carbon emissions by 2040.

Below are links to two videos outlining the GreensSkies Programme.

Loganair GreenSkies:https://vimeo.com/560455368/39db0959b8

Loganair GreenSkies, Jonathan Hinkles:https://vimeo.com/560820701/399f4feeb4

 

 

Download the below documents for a full overview and FAQ.

Loganair_GreenSkies Q&A document_Prepared by BIG Partnership June 2021 10.06.21 – Loganair goes carbon neutral

 

 

 

 

Boundary Commission Review publishes final proposal for Argyll and Bute Council

The Boundary Commission has this morning published it’s final recommendations for the review of the Argyll and Bute Council ward boundaries.

TCC took part in the public consultations for this last year, including running our own survey to consult with the community – the outcome of which supported a call for a single member ward for Tiree and Coll, with the second most popular option being a two member ward with Coll, Mull and Iona – which is the option in the final proposal.

You can read the news release on the final recommendations here: https://boundaries.scot/sites/default/files/News_Release_100621.pdf

and review the full report on the recommendations relating to Argyll and Bute here: https://boundaries.scot/sites/default/files/Argyll_and_Bute_Final_Report_Low%20Res.pdf

These proposals are now subject to approval by Scottish Parliament, and although it is unlikely could still be amended – however if approved without amendment Tiree will be voting as part of a two councillor ward with Mull, Coll and Iona in next year’s Local Council elections, rather than the current arrangements of a four member ward for Oban South and the Isles.

Representative sought for West Coast Ferry Board

The Ferries Community Board (Clyde and Hebrides) is looking for new members to become voices for people who live in the areas served by ferry operator CalMac.

Members represent communities across the network and act to influence strategic issues such as the building of new vessels, infrastructure, resources and accountability.

Key achievements since the Board was formed in 2017 include the successful lobbying of the Scottish Government to release more funds for a new ticketing system. It has also been instrumental in bringing in service improvements such as the new mobile maintenance team brought in to improve fleet resilience.

Members meet four times a year and have an open dialogue with the Transport Minister, Transport Scotland and Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL). They are regularly consulted on national transport strategies.

Having a Tiree representative on this group could be a real benefit for us in ensuring Tiree’s voice is heard on the particular issues we face and needs of our community, and could be supported by TCC and the Tiree Transport Forum.

Details here: https://www.calmac.co.uk/community-board-recruitment?fbclid=IwAR3VFBoPR-lK-eVaUAGT5cROVJnyLXy3wmai8C2QwzamAJB_qM36I0ea9N8

Notice and Agenda for our public meeting (and Annual General Meeting) on Wed Jun 9th 7pm

Our June 2021 meeting, which will also be our Annual General Meeting, will take place on Wednesday 9th June at 7pm via Zoom. The meeting will be divided into two sections, the first being our AGM, and then a regular business meeting.

Agenda:

2021 AGM

1.Apologies
2. Minutes of AGM held on 6 march 2019
3. Convenor’s report 2019/20 and 2020/21
4. Treasurer’s report
5. Approval of 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21accounts
6. Election of officers: Convenor, Vice-Convenor, Secretary and Treasurer
7. AOCB

JUNE BUSINESS MEETING

1. Apologies
2. Declarations of interest
3. Minutes of last business meeting and matters arising: including dentist post; phone boxes; pier progress; An Turas; Baugh phone box
4. Correspondence: joint meeting with Tiree Trust; naming new fuel pumps; Jenni Minto, MSP
5. Reports from meetings: Mull Community Council
6. Consultation on Planning Policy and extension of consultation period
7. Transport: report on Argyll, Lochaber, Skye and Small Isles Ferry Stakeholder Group meeting; consultation on CalMac summer 2022 timetable and correspondence about this; representation on CalMac Community Board and press release; plans for meeting of Tiree Transport Forum
8. AOCB
9. Dates of next meetings

Meeting papers:

DRAFT-COMMUNITY-COUNCIL-MINUTES-MAY-2021

TREASURERS REPORT AGM 9th June 2021

TCC Accounts 2018-2019  TCC Accounts 2019-2020 TCC Accounts 2020-2021

TCC AGM Minutes Mar 19 (Draft for approval at this meeting)

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Consultation period on our planning process extended

For various reasons our timetable for publication of our draft planning policy was severely delayed and as a result the notice for our public meeting to present it and the deadline for the survey were much shorter than intended. We have now been able to meet to discuss this, as part of our “agenda meeting” in advance of the June public meeting, and TCC members are all agreed that we should delay formal discussion of the policy and extend the deadline.

We will therefore be having a second public meeting to present the draft policy on Wednesday June 16th 2021, at 7pm.

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The survey, already active, will now remain live until Wednesday 23rd June. We will then aim to analyse the results and write up potential amendments to be considered and then formal debate the policy (and any amendments) at a public meeting on July 14th.

You can review the document here – you may find the formatting displays better using the pdf version on some devices such as iPads or mobiles:

Final Draft TCC Planning Policy 25.05.2021 (Word .docx format)

final Draft TCC Planning Policy 25.05.2021 (Acrobat .pdf format)

The survey can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FN62VSB – we encourage you to come to the public meeting to learn more about the policy and ask questions and hear discussion before you respond, if you can, but you can respond at any time up until Weds 23rd June.

Consulting on our draft planning policy for 2021

Following a number of delays compared to the original plan (with apologies for the confusion!) we are now able to publish our draft planning policy for consultation with the community.

This document is intended to provide TCC members with a guideline for how we approach our engagement with planning matters. As a Community Council we are statutory consultees on a wide range of planning issues. Engaging with the planning process in order to represent the interests of the community we serve within that process is part of our responsibilities laid down in the Scheme of Establishment for Community Councils. This planning document is intended to provide some helpful clarity and guidance on how we should do that rather than simply leave it up to the members of the TCC to decide on a case-by-case basis.

You can review the document here – you may find the formatting displays better using the pdf version on some devices such as iPads or mobiles:

Final Draft TCC Planning Policy 25.05.2021 (Word .docx format)

final Draft TCC Planning Policy 25.05.2021 (Acrobat .pdf format)

We will be holding a public meeting to present the policy and answer questions about it on Friday 28th May at 7pm via Zoom. We are also running an online survey in order to gather opinions from the community.

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The survey can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FN62VSB and submissions may be made at any time from now up until the survey closes at 6pm on Tuesday 1st June. This deadline has been chosen in order to allow us time to take account of any comments and draft possible amendments to be tabled in advance of the next public meeting of TCC, which is our AGM on June 9th. EDIT: This has now been extended – see new post here: http://tireecommunitycouncil.co.uk/consultation-period-on-our-planning-process-extended/

What is intended to happen after the consultation: The plan is for us to quickly consider feedback from the survey consultation, and consider any potentially helpful amendments to discuss to the draft policy. The current draft will be tabled for a decision at our AGM next month, and TCC members will vote on what to do with it then.

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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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 

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.”