Community Council News  in brief

 

21 June 2008


 

Ferries - the Scottish Government have confirmed that the Scottish Transport Advisory Group (STAG) appraisal will be led by Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd. The contract will be put out to tender in July and the contract will take three to four months to complete. The consultants are expected to visit the island and to speak to the community. Contact could include some sort of questionnaire to all households.

 

Ferry parking at both Point and Port Appin is still a problem with no immediate or obvious solution. However at Point the situation would be greatly relieved if second homers and those leaving for a long period were to arrange for their cars not to occupy much need prime parking spaces. Letters to this effect were sent but, in some cases, the request has been ignored. The Point to Port Appin ferry is a great service but not if you can’t park easily in either place.

 

Following a recent meeting with the Community council, Caledonian MacBrayne has proposed an expanded timetable for the Oban Achnacroish route. The summer timetable will offer 4 ferries per day with a fifth request ferry on Saturday and two on Sunday. The winter will be the same without the extra Saturday and only one on Sunday. All this is very welcome but the Sunday service in particular will make a huge difference to islanders and visitors alike. Tourists will now be able to come for the day from Oban at 11am and leave Lismore at 4 which will give time for a good walk, a museum visit and lunch at the café. Day visits to friends are relatives will be also be possible from Oban and getting a car on and off the island on Sunday possible for the first time ever.

 

Roads - The post of Street Scene Operator, or Roadman lite, has been approved by Argyll and Bute Council and the recruitment process will start in the near future. Duties will include keeping the island tidy and general maintenance.

 

Road works are completed and the roads are greatly improved.

 

Some time ago the permanent large bin that used to sit at Achnacroish for over sized  waste, was replaced by four bulky collections per year. Because this is proving inadequate  the council is requesting 2 further uplifts.

 

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