RECORD OF A MEETING BETWEEN

THE ISLE OF LISMORE DEVELOPMENT TRUST WORKING GROUP AND MARK JENNISON,

FORMER DEVELOPMENT OFFICER FOR THE TIREE DEVELOPMENT TRUST

 

Lismore Public Hall, 9 January 2008

 

Present  Liz Buckle, Jeremy Gilchrist, Bob Hay, Mary MacDougall, Yorick Paine, Julian Wormleighton, Mark Jennison

 

The Tiree Development Trust grew out of a need to bring together disparate community groups, and the need for the development of infrastructure (including a new hall).  Tiree has over 700 inhabitants, approximately 80% gaelic-speaking, and a secondary school.

 

Progress towards a Trust began with the Tiree Development Partnership involving the Crofters’ Commission, the Community Council, SNH and the Duke of Argyll as major landowner, with support from Argyll & Islands Enterprise.  The Partnership appointed a Development Officer (Mark Jennison – he served for 4 years) with the remit to consult as widely as possible over 12 months, resulting in a Development Plan (formulated by sub-groups, bringing together the aspirations of the community).  There was initial resistance to the idea of development, but over this prolonged period of consultation, including organised events, the community “opinion formers” signed up to the need for the plan, allowing a shared vision to develop across the community.  The Plan included the idea of a Development Trust as the best way of achieving the aspirations of the community.  One component was the crofters’ own agricultural and environmental plan, and there were plans for tourism, affordable housing and renewable energy. The emphasis was on being in control of their own development, with a particular stress on infrastructure.  Acceptance of the Plan and the decision to form a Trust were made by an island ballot.

 

Features of the Tiree Trust:

 

 

Advice from Mark Jennison

 

Bob Hay and Julian Wormleighton

15 January 2008