Lismore Community Council

Minutes from meeting held Wednesday 6th November 2002 in Lismore Public hall.

Present: Mr J Livingstone, Mr D MacCormick, Mr D Livingstone, Mrs M Perkins, Mrs I MacColl, Mrs N Black, Mr J MacFadyen and members of the public.

Apologies: Cllr C Cameron and PC Silkowski.

Date of next meeting: Wednesday 22nd January 2003 .

Approval of minutes: Proposed by Mr D MacCormick and Seconded by Mrs I MacColl.

 

Ferries.

There still appears to be a number of complaints regarding time keeping and the requesting of extra ferries. These problems are to be discussed with Mr MacKercher. We are still waiting on a response from Mr Neil Brown regarding late ferries and the various other points raised at our meeting. We hope to have a reply to these points in the near future.

The Community Council have been asked to respond to Clyde & Hebrides & Northern Isles ferry Services Future Consultation With Ferry Users document by 13th December 2002 to stevenkerr@scotland.gsi.gov.uk Copies of the document can be attained from the e-mail address above.

 

Roads

Work is ongoing on the islandís roads at present. Mr Neil Brown has planned to send a squad over to the island twice a year, late Autumn and Spring time to carry out any work required on the islandís roads. We have asked that the white marking lines in Port Appin where the doctor leaves his car are redone as they have faded and the space is being used by other people. He will look into this but has said it would not be a priority.

 

Cadispa Report

There are still Cadispa CD Romís available from Mr J Livingstone. Mr G Fagan has offered assistance and guidance to go forward with this project. We would hope to have a meeting early next year to discuss the matter further and be able to talk over any ideas or suggestions that the islanders would like to see come from the report.

 

Correspondence

 

Septic Tanks

We have tried to arrange a smaller lorry to be sent over in order that the remaining tanks can be emptied but with no success. We have been advised now to write and members of the public should do likewise to Scottish Water, Waste Water Treatment, Lorn & Mull Area Office, Tullich, Soroba, Oban, PA34 4SB.

 

Christmas Refuse Collections are to be Wednesday 18th December, Saturday 28th December and Wednesday 8th January. There will be an extra skip at Achnacroish.

 

Sandra Duncan is looking into the provision of a waste oil collection point; we are hoping to hear from her in the following week. Cllr Cameron was looking into recycling bins but to date we have no progress with these matters.

 

There was a letter from Mrs Lorna Elliott outlining West Highland European Leader Kist (WHELK) Leader + Funding. She would be willing to discuss this with any interested parties.

 

Alienenergy have written asking if we would be interested in them coming along to discuss wind turbines for the island. It was felt that this would be something we would be interested in hearing more about. Arrangements are to be made for a meeting in the New Year.

 

A letter received from Shona Robinson MSP asking for our support on the restriction of the sale and use of fireworks in Scotland . It was agreed our support should be given.

 

The public meeting which was to be arranged this month regarding The Loch Linnhe Artificial Reef Project is to be postponed until the New Year as Dr Martin Sayer is working out of the country for the latter part of this year.

 

A survey from Craigforth Consultancy & Research about SNH is to be completed and returned.

 

A letter from Argyll CVS enclosing information regarding European Funding from WHELK AND LEADER + WAS discussed and is available to any one who would like more information regarding this funding.

 

A letter from Maureen McGinn Scottish Executive was read out regarding Getting Involved in Planning.

 

A copy of the Caledonian MacBrayne Summer 2003 timetable was received there appears to be no change to the current timetable.

 

AOCB

Mairi Perkins gave a report on the Health Forum recently attended. The Vale of Leven Hospital is to close its maternity unit and all maternity care is to be carried out at The Queen Mothers Hospital in Glasgow . This situation is to be reviewed in the New Year but it is doubtful if any changes to allow care to continue at the Vale of Leven would be likely to happen.

Mairi gave an outline of the West Highland Project relating to the Oban and Fort William hospitals and the difficulties in getting consultants to come and work in this area. This problem could mean the eventual closure of one of these hospitals for acute services but it is hoped that this situation could be avoided and is being closely monitored. Full support was given to both these hospitals remaining as Acute Hospitals.

 

Adjournment

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned.

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