2017 News

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8th October 2017
Community Council Scheme Consultation – Recommendations

Lismore Community Council (LCC) has now finished the first phase of its consultation on Argyll and Bute Council's (AB&C's) proposals to change the documents that govern how its community councils operate. There is a previous news item here that contains links to the existing documents and A&BC's proposals. LCC's recommendations can be found here. They include recommendations for changes to:

  • the wording about documents supplied to A&BC,
  • the new complaints procedure proposed by A&BC,
  • the handover of documents / files by office bearers and the responsibility for maintaining these documents / files,
  • the conditions for if a community council wants to extend the length of time an office bearer holds office or for having one person hold two offices,
  • the conditions for A&BC supplying the Admin grant and
  • the requirement for written replies from A&BC to written enquiries

We are now looking for your comments on both A&BC's proposals and LCC's recommendations. The closing date for this is 17th October 2017 and then LCC's recommendations will be sent to A&BC on 18th or 19th October 2017.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 8th October 2017
7th October 2017
First Responders Drop-in Meeting on 20th September 2017

We have received the following from Andy Brady of the Scottish Ambulance Service:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the community on Lismore for the support they showed when the Scottish Ambulance Service visited Lismore on the 20th of September 2017. Myself and my Colleague from the Scottish Ambulance Service; Murray McEwan had an drop in session at the Island hall where we met a variety of local islanders. The main purpose of our visit was to meet the islanders and to listen to what they had to say regarding community resilience and what could be done to improve the current resilience of the island. Myself and Murray both came away from Lismore feeling we had achieved something and could take this forward with the community.

At the open day we discussed Community First Responders (CFR) working on a voluntary bases with the Scottish Ambulance Service, these CFR would be trained by the Scottish Ambulance Service on Lismore and would be the Scottish Ambulance Service first response on the island prior to the helicopters arrival with the services of a more advanced Paramedic and Emergency Retrieval Team if necessary. We also discussed plans that were afoot within the Scottish Ambulance Service to enhance the role of the CFR and how Lismore would be a great testing ground for the enhanced model.

We further discussed Volunteer drivers for the ambulance on Lismore, this would be a driving role to assist when the helicopter landed and to assist with the logistics of patient care.

First aid training for the island was also discussed, we have already started the ball rolling with the first aid training and hopefully we will see this develop in the near future.

Thank you again for a most warm welcome and if there are any questions please feel free to get in touch.

A big Thank You to Andy and Murray for spending the time to come and visit

Provided by the Scottish Ambulance Service on 5th October 2017
7th October 2017
Church of Scotland Job

The Church of Scotland Oban is seeking an office administrator. There are more details here. The closing date for applications is 12th October 2017.

Provided by Argyll and Bute Council on 6th October 2017
4th October 2017
Housing Needs Survey

Lismore Community Trust, in association with Rural Housing Scotland, is conducting a survey to uncover any and all housing need on Lismore. The online survey is here and there are paper versions here, in the shop and being sent to each household on the island. There is a letter from the Trust explaining the survey here and a document that explains the strategy here. The closing date for responses is 31st October 2017.

Provided by Lismore Community Trust on 4th October 2017
3rd October 2017
Council Contracts

Argyll & Bute Council is holding a number of surgeries (including one in Oban on 6th December 2017) aimed at explaining the Council's procurement strategy and the support available under the Supplier Development Programme. There will be opportunities to meet procurement officers and find out more about forthcoming opportunities. There are more details here.

Provided by the Website Group on 3rd October 2017
28th September 2017
School Newsletter for September 2017

Lismore Primary School has produced its September newsletter. It can be found by clicking here.

Provided by Lismore Primary School on 28th September 2017
27th September 2017
Council's Submission to Islands Bill Consultation

Argyll & Bute Council has published its submission to the consultation on the Islands (Scotland) Bill (more information here). A copy can be found here.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 27th September 2017
26th September 2017
Argyll Enterprise Week 2017

The second Argyll Enterprise Week runs from 6th to 10th November 2017 and is designed to connect, support and inform businesses. It will have funding, exporting, food and drink, tourism and working digitally as some of its themes. There is more information here and you can register for events here.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 24th September 2017
23rd September 2017
Community Council Scheme Consultation

Every four years Argyll & Bute Council (AB&C) reviews its 'Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils in Argyll and Bute' (Scheme). This review has been delayed and the new Scheme (and the Best Practice Agreement) will come into effect next year. These documents are important as they establish how an A&B community council works.

The current Scheme and Best Practice Agreement can be found here. A 'clean' version of the proposed Scheme etc. can be found here and a 'fully marked up' version of the proposed Scheme etc. can be found here.

Lismore Community Council is actively seeking comments from all members of the community on the proposed new Scheme and will be holding meetings to review it. The first meeting will be held on Thursday 28th September at 3pm in the Hall. The plan is to go through the proposed Scheme and come up with recommendations by 11th October. These recommendations will then be published and open for further comments until 18th October. The final comments will then be submitted to A&BC on 19th October. If you cannot make the meeting but would like to make comments or be kept informed of progress, please contact us.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 23rd September 2017
22nd September 2017
Council Website Survey

If you have ever used the Argyll and Bute Council website and wished it could be better, here is your opportunity to make your feelings known. The survey is here. No closing date is given, so better do this soon.

Provided by the Website Group on 22nd September 2017
21st September 2017
Gleaner Oils Delivery

Gleaner Oils will be delivering fuel on Lismore during the week commencing 25th September 2017. More information here. Sorry this is so late.

Provided by Gleaner Oils on 21st September 2017
15th September 2017
CalMac Summer 2018 Timetable – Results

CalMac has responded positively to our requests for changes (see here for more information) and all three have been approved. The summer 2018 timetable should be available from 31st October 2017. Thank you to everybody who contributed.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 15th September 2017
15th September 2017
Crofting Consultation and Roadshow

The Scottish Government is consulting on changing crofting law. There is more information here including links to read the consultation paper and to submit your views. The consultation closes on 19th November 2017.

Free public meetings have been arranged to explain the purpose of the consultation, the options for changing legislation and provide an overview on how to respond to the consultation. At each one, there will be the opportunity to discuss the options available and to raise questions relating to the consultation. The Oban meeting is on 19th September 2017 and more information and booking can be found here.

Provided by Lismore Community Trust on 14th September 2017
14th September 2017
Contractor for Point and Port Appin Slip works

The contractor chosen for the Point and Port Appin Slip works (more information here) is North West Marine. Argyll & Bute Council is expecting disruption to the service to be minimal. We will pass on the details when we get them.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 14th September 2017
14th September 2017
Aviva Funding

Aviva Insurance will fund projects up to £25000 in four categories – Health and Wellbeing, Skills for Life, Community support and Inclusivity. It seems to be open to anyone, not just 'groups'. There is more information here. Submissions close on 10th October 2017.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 14th September 2017
14th September 2017
Council Procurement Consultation

Argyll & Bute Council is consulting on its draft Procurement and Commissioning Strategy and Sustainable Procurement Policy. The draft document and the survey can be found here. The survey closes on 29th September 2017.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 14th September 2017
11th September 2017
Appin Ferry Replacement

The Appin ferry is off for its annual stint in dry-dock. As last year, the replacement vessel has been provided by Coastal Connection. The MV Lismore left on 6th September and is expected to be away for around 2 weeks. Fairly major overhaul works [are] expected on the starboard engine.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 11th September 2017
11th September 2017
Enquiry Into Sites For Work Space Units On Lismore

The Trust directors have been approached by a number of resident entrepreneurs seeking new or improved work spaces for their existing or developing enterprises.

Highlands and Islands Enterprises Ltd (HIE) has indicated support for such moves on this and other islands, and sees the level of interest on Lismore as possibly justifying testing the idea as part of an Innovation Project. Previous community engagement exercises have highlighted this as an area commanding community interest and support.

The directors are therefore putting out a public call to all owners of land and/or buildings, to register an interest in supporting such an enquiry, by letting the directors know whether they would be in a position to discuss the purchase or lease of all or part of their current holdings for such a purpose.

If interested, please contact the Trust directors or speak to any of the directors (listed below) preferably before 12th October 2017, to enable conversations to commence. All matters are to be treated in strict confidence, unless those approaching the Trust declare otherwise.

This is an exciting, 'bottom up' project, which aims to sustain talent and enterprise on the island, and lead to greater economic activity, employment and resilience. Please share this call with any parties who you consider could be supportive. Should this exercise exploring options and ideas prove viable, detailed community engagement would follow.

The Directors:
Anna Stewart 221
Ann Maclean Fleming 143
Archie McGillivray 236
Mary Walker 336
Kiki MacColl 171
Nicky Lewis 006
Sebastian Tombs 128
Teenie Wilson 214

Provided by Lismore Community Trust on 10th September 2017
10th September 2017
Rainfall for August 2017

August was the wettest August on Lismore since 2011 with 177.6mm of rainfall recorded. This, though, was nothing compared to the one in 1992 when there was 314.3mm. There is more information here. Thanks to David White for providing us with these figures.

Provided by David White on 10th September 2017
8th September 2017
Common Good Property Consultation

The Scottish Government is currently consulting on Part 8 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act which relates to Common Good Property. This part of the Act is not yet in force and the consultation will help shape the regulations. Under this part of the Act:

  • Local Authorities will be required to create registers of common good property and involve communities in this process.
  • Local authorities will also be required to consult communities when there are proposals to change the use of or dispose of common good property.

This consultation concerns the statutory guidance related to these two processes and asks for views on issues such as timescales, information about assets, local consultation and publicising proposals.

There is more information and a link to the consultation here. The consultation runs until 29th September 2017.

Common Good property is owned by local authorities and has been passed down, through local government reorganisation, from former burghs. Those burghs would have received it as a gift or purchased it. It includes land and buildings, moveable items such as furniture and art, and cash funds. There may be restrictions on how certain items of Common Good property are allowed to be used, and whether the local authority can dispose of them.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 8th September 2017
6th September 2017
NHS Highland Non Executive Directors Sought

NHS Highland is looking for three non executive directors. The posts are part time and paid. There is more information here and here (including a link for online applications). The closing date for applications is 22nd September 2017.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 6th September 2017
4th September 2017
CalMac Appoints Chair of Community Board

CalMac has sent us the following:

Lewis businessman, Angus Campbell, has been appointed Chair of CalMac’s new Community Board, which the ferry operator is creating to provide a voice of the communities on strategic issues.

The creation of the Board was part of CalMac’s successful bid to operate west coast ferry services for the next 8 years, along with the appointment of Brian Fulton as Director of Community and Stakeholder Engagement.

Brian Fulton said: Securing the right chair is a key milestone in the development of the community board and, with Angus’ assistance, will now look to appoint 12 board members. We have been delighted by the calibre of applications for both the chair and board memberships and are on track to have everything in place for the first board meeting in October.

Angus Campbell said: I am delighted to be given the opportunity to chair the new community board. This initiative will enhance communication between the company and the communities it serves and will bring wider benefits to all. I look forward to working with the new board members to ensure we reach into all parts of our geography and all areas of interest to our communities.

The chair is an independent, paid, post. The community board will meet twice a year and be separate from the David MacBrayne Board with secretariat services provided by CalMac’s Community and Stakeholder Engagement Directorate. CalMac will not be represented on the Community Board.

Provided by CalMac on 1st September 2017
4th September 2017
GigaPlus Argyll – The Future

Julian Wormleighton, as a director of GigaPlus Argyll (GPA), has written to encourage anyone interested in high quality broadband to respond to a short questionnaire from GPA. His letter and a link to the questionnaire can be found here.

Provided by Julian Wormleighton on 28th August 2017
4th September 2017
Gleaner Oils Delivery

Gleaner Oils will be delivering fuel on Lismore during the week commencing 4th September 2017. More information here. Sorry this is so late.

Provided by Gleaner Oils on 28th August 2017
26th August 2017
Islands (Scotland) Bill Consultation

Islanders are being asked for their comments on the Islands (Scotland) Bill. There is (a lot) more information here including links to submit your views (in English or Gaelic), and a link to the submissions already made. The closing date for submissions to the Scottish Parliament is 25th September 2017.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 17th August 2017
17th August 2017
School Restarts

It is good to see all the Lismore Primary School children back at school, well rested, happy and excited to start the new term!

Provided by Lismore Primary School on 17th August 2017
11th August 2017
Glensanda Drop-In Event

Glensanda will be holding a drop-in community consultation in Lismore Public Hall on 17th August 2017 between 4pm and 8pm. There is more information on the proposal here and here. There will be opportunities to find out more and make comments.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 11th August 2017
11th August 2017
Community Action Plan

Argyll and Bute Council's Oban, Lorn and the Isles Area Community Planning Group is required to have focused action plans to reduce inequalities within a community and are consulting on this. The current plans can be found here and there is a link to the consultation. The closing date for comments is 30th August 2017.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 11th August 2017
11th August 2017
Glensanda Proposal Revision

Glensanda has revised its Proposal of Application Notice (PAN). They say that the volume of rock has been incorrectly stated and so have submitted a new PAN that removes reference to the volume of rock. A letter explaining this can be found here and the revised PAN can be found here. The map remains the same. The previous news item on this is here.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 10th August 2017
3rd August 2017
Point and Port Appin Slip works

Argyll and Bute Council (A&BC) has now put this work out to tender. The summary information can be found here. To download the associated documents etc. you appear to need to register, and this is free. The document 'Port Appin and Lismore NEC3 ECSC v2' contains the following:

"Lismore Point is in daily use between 07:00 and 22:00 as a passenger ferry slipway, providing access to and from Port Appin on the mainland to the north end of Lismore Island. This passenger ferry service should be maintained as fully as possible during these remedial works – whilst some temporary reduction in service during the day is acceptable to accommodate these works, no ferries before 9:00am shall be cancelled. No ferries between 17:00 and 18:30 shall be cancelled. The works should accommodate for an 20:00 ferry on Fridays. Also there should be no greater than a 2 hour gap between ferry services. Lastly, a ferry service must be available for emergency services at all times."

A&BC has asked for tenders to be submitted by 14th August 2017 and says that the contract will be awarded by 28th August 2017. They have asked that all work be completed by 13th October 2017.

The contract appears to need approval from Marine Scotland and we have been sent documents for two proposals:

Marine Scotland would like any comments on these two proposals by 28th August 2017. They can be contacted by emailing MS.MarineLicensing@gov.scot or at Scottish Government, Marine Laboratory, 375 Victoria Road, Aberdeen, AB11 9DB.

If you need any more information about this, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 3rd August 2017
25th July 2017
Receptionist/Administrator job in Oban

Alzheimer Scotland is seeking a part-time Receptionist / Administrator for their Dementia Resource Centre based in the centre of Oban. More details here. The closing date for applications is Friday 4th August 2017.

Provided by Argyll and Bute Council on 25th July 2017
18th July 2017
Appin Ferry Disruptions – URGENT

Some essential work will have to be done at Point / Port Appin and this will require some disruption to the ferries to allow a reasonable amount of unconstrained access to the slip. To minimise the problems, Argyll and Bute Council are planning to put the following into the contract documentation.

“No ferries before 09:00 and between 17:00 and 18:30 shall be cancelled during the extent of the works. No two consecutive ferries shall be cancelled during the extent of the works.”

They have asked us if, as a community, we have concerns with the wording and if there are any other services that they should ensure are not disrupted. Unfortunately, they need a reply by the end this week so we need any comments by noon on Friday 21st July 2017.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 18th July 2017
16th July 2017
CalMac seeks members for new Community Board

We have received the following from CalMac:

Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) is inviting applications from residents of the rural communities covered by the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services (CHFS) contract to form a Community Board which will have the primary purpose of being a voice of the communities on strategic issues.

The creation of the Board was part of CalMac’s successful bid to operate west coast ferry services for the next 8 years, along with the appointment of a Director of Community and Stakeholder Engagement, which has been filled by Brian Fulton.

Brian Fulton said: “CalMac has always placed a high priority on stakeholder engagement activities and has traditionally managed this through a combination of formal and informal meetings and events, however the scale of our network and the way people are spread across it means this can be a challenge.

“The Community Board is therefore being formed to bring the aspirations of local communities directly to the main CalMac Board with a view to driving economic growth. After widespread informal discussions with local representatives from across the network we have created its Terms of Reference and are ready to start recruiting members.”

The Board will comprise 12 members plus an independent, paid, chair. It will be separate from the CalMac Board with secretariat services provided by CalMac’s Community and Stakeholder Engagement Directorate. CalMac will not be represented on the Board.

He added: “We are keen that the Board focuses on the high level strategic issues facing their communities, and we also see it as a great opportunity to bring together a group of people who are knowledgeable and well-informed about the network as a whole and not just their own area or route.”

Brian Fulton said: “We want to be sure that the Community Board remains fresh and relevant and therefore propose that membership will be for 12 months in the first instance while the Board is set up, with the expectation that after that membership will be for 24 months, with the option of an extension.

The Board will meet twice a year with travel and reasonable out of pocket expenses reimbursed. It is proposed that the first board meeting will take place in early October, 2017.

For details of the Board’s full terms of reference and an application form are available at www.calmac.co.uk/careers/community-board.

Provided by CalMac on 14th July 2017
11th July 2017
Gleaner Oils Delivery

Gleaner Oils will be delivering fuel on Lismore in the week commencing 17th July 2017. More information here.

Provided by Gleaner on 11th July 2017
10th July 2017
Community First Responders

The Scottish Ambulance Service is recruiting these for Lismore. More details here.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 10th July 2017
30th June 2017
Social Media Training for the over 50s

Voluntary Arts Scotland is looking for expressions of interest in social media training for the 50+ age group. There is more information here. The closing date for expressing an interest is 7th August 2017.

Provided by the Website Group on 30th June 2017
30th June 2017
LEADER Session

We have received the following information

"LEADER will be holding an information session 10am – 12pm in the Corran Halls, Tuesday 4th July. LEADER staff will be there to talk to anyone interested in finding out more about the programme or to explore if your idea would be eligible."
Provided by the Website Group on 30th June 2017
29th June 2017
School Newsletter for June 2017

Lismore Primary School has produced its June newsletter. It can be found by clicking here.

Provided by Lismore Primary School on 29th June 2017
19th June 2017
New Planning Handbook

Argyll and Bute Council has a new (50 page, glossy with adverts) Planning and Regulatory Services Handbook. This will be sent to all new applicants following the submission of Planning and Building warrant applications. There are also free copies at council offices and there is an online version at https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/planning-application-guidance.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 19th June 2017
16th June 2017
Glensanda – Proposed Silt Storage

We have received the following from Glensanda:

"Yeoman Glensanda intends to apply for planning permission for construction and operation of a silt storage site and freshwater lagoon including creation of four finger lagoons by extraction of 4million tonnes of rock, water pipes, electricity generation and ancillary works at Glensanda Quarry. The proposed development constitutes a ‘Major’ development under Regulation 2 of the Town and Country Planning (Hierarchy of Development) (Scotland) Regulations 2009."

There will be a public consultation drop-in event in Lochaline Village Hall on 27th July 2017 and it will be advertised “at least 7 days in advance in the Oban Times”.

There is a map showing its proposed location here.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 16th June 2017
4th June 2017
Help shape National Lottery funding

The Big Lottery Fund is looking for volunteers to help improve its Awards for All service. There is more information here. Closing date for notes of interest is 8th June 2017.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 4th June 2017
2nd June 2017
Home Insulation Grants

Argyll and Bute Council is offering grant assistance for home insulation. More information here.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 2nd June 2017
1st June 2017
CalMac Summer 2018 Timetable – Requests Submitted

Lismore Community Council has submitted its requests for changes to the Summer 2018 Oban-Achnacroish timetable. These were based on the results of the consultation (phase 1 and phase 2). The requests sent can be found here. CalMac will now consider these requests and reply probably by the end of July.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 1st June 2017
30th May 2017
Care Award

Appin and Lismore Community Care Team has won the Scottish Care Care at Home & Housing Support Award – 2017 for Innovative Practice. Care Co-ordinator, Liz Bruce said:

We are really delighted to receive this award,a fantastic achievement. This is wonderful news for the two communities of Appin & Lismore who are taking the lead on the sharp end of providing care with the real hope that the existing barriers & bureaucracy can be reduced leading to real efficiency savings & more sensitive appropriate delivery of care at the right time in the right place to the most vulnerable members of our communities. It is very early days for the project & whilst there are teething problems & challenges to be overcome it is a recognition of the tremendous amount of hard work & commitment carried out by every member of the team to deliver quality care to local people in their homes assisting them to maintain & promote independence.

An announcement on Twitter can be found here.

Congratulations to them! Their most recent newsletter can be found here.

Provided by Appin and Lismore Community Care on 29th May 2017
26th May 2017
CalMac Summer 2018 Timetable – Phase 2

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this consultation. These contributions have been summarised and the results are here. If you would like to make any further comments there are details on the document. Comments must be received by the end of Monday 29th May 2017 as the requests will be submitted to CalMac on 30th May 2017. Thank you for your help with this.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 26th May 2017
20th May 2017
Reducing default speed limits to 20mph

Mark Ruskell MSP has launched a consultation for his members bill in the Scottish Parliament. The bill proposes reducing the default speed limit on restricted roads from 30mph to 20mph, whilst giving local councils the power to retain specific streets as 30mph zones where suitable. At present the default is 30mph and local authorities can reduce the limit where they think it is appropriate. The consultation document and how to respond can be found here. The closing date for the consultation is 7th August 2017.

Mr Ruskell is also looking for the support of other MSPs so if you feel strongly about this, you could also contact our MSP – Michael Russell.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 20th May 2017
5th May 2017
Council Election results

The results are in for the Argyll and Bute Council election held on 4th May 2017. In our ward – 5, Oban North and Lorn – the councillors elected are Kieron Green, Julie McKenzie, Elaine Robertson, and Andrew Vennard. The full results can be found here.

Thank you to everyone who stood for election and congratulations to all those who won support for their plans to improve the council. Good luck.

Provided by the Website Group on 5th May 2017
4th May 2017
Post Boxes 2017

The five post boxes on Lismore have been spruced up or replaced. Before and after pictures can be found here.

Provided by the Website Group on 4th May 2017
3rd May 2017
Roadworks on A828

There will be roadworks on the A828 from (possibly) 21st May 2017 (though maybe 24th May 2017) until (possibly) 15th June 2017. The work will be done at night but there will be speed restrictions during the day. The night diversion uses the A85 and may take an extra 43 minutes. There are more details here and plans of the two areas where the work will be done here (Culcharan) and here (Portnacroish).

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 3rd May 2017
30th April 2017
CalMac Summer 2018 Timetable

CalMac would like to know if we would like any changes to the Summer 2018 Oban-Achnacroish timetable. If you have any suggestions, please let us know the change you would like together with a reason by 21st May 2017. CalMac have included the following advice on changes:

“Under the CHFS2 contract services are proposed to be maintained at their current level and proposed timetables would always be the previous year’s timetable.

“Change requests will only be considered if they are broadly cost neutral or where an exceptionally strong evidence base supports the need. Any additional services would be expected to be offset with a reduction elsewhere in the timetable to ensure cost neutrality.”

From the above you can see that proposed new runs will be hard to justify.

You can make suggestions (or comment on other suggestions) on the Facebook Noticeboard, by email (communitycouncil@isleoflismore.com), by post to 7 Port Ramsay, or by phone on 760139. We will put all items we receive on the Facebook Noticeboard (anonymously) to see if they have support.

The suggestions will be discussed at the Lismore Community Council meeting on 25th May 2017. Items that have received strong support will be proposed to CalMac by 1st June 2017.

A copy of the poster in the ferries can be found here and the Summer 2017 (current) timetable can be found here.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 30th April 2017
30th April 2017
Benderloch Hustings on 27th April 2017

The good people who arranged the hustings at Benderloch also recorded the event. So if you were unable to attend, here is a chance to hear them speak and answer questions. The video is 1 hour and 39 minutes long and can be found here. Enjoy!

Provided by the Website Group on 30th April 2017
18th April 2017
School Newsletter for March 2017

Lismore Primary School has produced its March newsletter. It can be found by clicking here.

Provided by Lismore Primary School on 18th April 2017
14th April 2017
A Message from CalMac – Book

We have received the following message from CalMac:

As you know we are now a few weeks into our Summer timetable and there are noticeable signs of an increase in traffic already.

The vessel crew have raised concerns that locals are quite often still arriving without having booked a space in advance and it is only a matter of time as we get busier that such traffic will be left behind owing to a lack of available deck space.

Could I please stress the importance of pre-booking your vehicle space as early as is practicable to avoid any disappointment. If you are having any issues doing this please let us know.

Good advice.

Provided by CalMac on 13th April 2017
8th April 2017
A Glass Imploder and Community Swap Shed for Lismore?

If you live on Lismore or are a regular visitor, the Energy Group (of Lismore Community Trust) wants to hear your views, please.

Lismore is one of 4 islands (Lismore, Easdale, Luing and Kerrera) making up the Lorn Islands Partnership, as a group of small islands with common issues. The partnership now has funding for a Recycling project to improve recycling facilities on all four islands. If we want them, Lismore has funding for a Glass Imploder and two sheds; one to house a Glass Imploder, the other for a Community Swap Shed.

Kerrera, Luing and Easdale will each have a Glass Imploder too, and there will be other initiatives to help us to recycle things more effectively.

Our Imploder and the Swap Shed would be owned and operated by us, the people of Lismore.

Lismore Community Council and Argyll and Bute Council say the sheds will need planning permission, but generally agree that putting them at the top of the pier at Achnacroish should be possible.

A new Project officer will find out about the best machine for our needs, help us source and install the sheds, and train us to use the Imploder.

We want to find out whether you support these ideas for Lismore, if you would be willing to help – and if you might be interested in using the end-product from the Glass Imploder.

This is a simple online survey to find out what you think about these matters, please by 22nd April 2017 if you can: What about a Glass Imploder and Swap Shed for Lismore?

Provided by Liz Buckle on 7th April 2017
7th April 2017
Vote Ideas for Growing Gaelic

Back in January we were asked for ideas on how to spend £15000 to grow Gaelic. We now have a chance to vote on the ideas presented. You can find out more about the ideas and vote here. Voting closes on 6th May 2017.

Provided by Argyll and Bute Council on 6th April 2017
6th April 2017
Parking Consultation

The Scottish Government is consulting on parking and invites views on delivering a consistent approach to managing and enforcing parking on public roads, including trunk roads. There is more information, the consultation paper and a link to the consultation here. The consultation closes on 30th June 2017.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 6th April 2017
6th April 2017
Policing 2026 Consultation

Police Scotland are consulting on a proposed 10 year strategy. There is more information, the strategy and a link to the consultation here. The consultation closes on 8th May 2017.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 6th April 2017
5th April 2017
Seaweed Forage on 29th March 2017

Not the first ever but the first home grown Seaweed Forage on Lismore took place at the end of March. It was a great success and if the weather the tides and the seaweeds do what they have been doing for the last many thousands of years there will be more Seaweed Forage Events to enjoy here. There is a short video of the event at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3J3ktX85MvI&sns=em.

Provided by Eva Tombs on 1st April 2017
31st March 2017
Brendan O'Hara Constituency Surgery
Brendan O'Hara

Brendan O'Hara MP will be holding a Constituency surgery on at the Lismore Café on Friday 14th April 2017. If you would like to meet him, contact him on 01436 670587 or at brendan.ohara.mp@parliament.uk to arrange an appointment.

Provided by the Website Group on 31st March 2017
31st March 2017
Job Vacancy on Luing

The Lorn Islands Partnership (a community development partnership initiative between Easdale, Kerrera, Lismore and Luing) has sent us this information about a vacancy for a cook / chef at the Atlantic Islands Centre on Luing. More information here.

Provided by Lorn Islands Partnership on 30th March 2017
26th March 2017
Oban – Achnacroish Ferry Tidal Restrictions for November 2017 to March 2018

CalMac has kindly let us know the timetable alterations for this winter. They can be found here.

Provided by CalMac on 24th March 2017
23rd March 2017
Hall Resurfacing

The Hall floor will be resurfaced in April. This means that the Surgery access on Thursday 27th April will be by the back stairs only. Please can you tell friends and family who you think might be affected.

Provided by the Hall Committee on 22nd March 2017
17th March 2017
Election of Councillors

On 4th May 2017 there will be an election for the four councillors for our ward (Oban North and Lorn) of Argyll and Bute Council. Nominations close on 29th March 2017 and more information can be found here.

Provided by the Website Group on 17th March 2017
16th March 2017
Places, People and Planning

The Scottish Government is keen to hear the views of children and young people on the proposals in Places, People and Planning which may directly affect them. There is a short online survey to seek their views on how the place where they live, work or go to school should change in the future. It can be found here.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 16th March 2017
15th March 2017
Local Development Plan 2

Argyll and Bute Council is working on a Local Development Plan that is due for adoption in 2020 (the current one was adopted in 2015). At this stage they would like gather ideas about the land use issues that are important to us. There are two questionnaires – a Place Standard Tool and a Call for Ideas. Both of these can be found here. The closing date for responses is 21st April 2017. There is a poster here.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 15th March 2017
15th March 2017
Health Development Day

There will be a Health Development Day focussing on Adverse Childhood Experiences on 10th May 2017. More information here.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 15th March 2017
9th March 2017
Job Vacancy

The Lorn Islands Partnership is looking for a Project Coordinator. The advert can be found here and the job description can be found here.

Provided by Lismore Community Trust on 8th March 2017
2nd March 2017
Fit for the Future

Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) has produced its Quality & Finance Plan 2017/18 & 2018/19. It includes dates for Conversation Cafés. Unfortunately, the one in Oban was on 1st March. The Plan can be found here.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 2nd March 2017
1st March 2017
Fracking Consultation

The Scottish Government is looking for our views on Unconventional Oil and Gas. There is information here and more information and a link to the consultation here. The consultation is available in other formats at requestalternativeconsultation@gov.scot or by ringing 0131 244 938. Closing date for responses is 31st May 2017.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 28th February 2017
1st March 2017
Council Planning our future consultation – Findings Report

The findings from this consultation can be found here.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 28th February 2017
28th February 2017
CalMac Carryings for 2016

CalMac has provided the following information on numbers of passengers, cars, coaches and commercial vehicles carried in 2016. The table is here and an accompanying press release that mentions Lismore twice is here. A short version containing just the Lismore information is here.

Provided by CalMac on 14th February 2017
28th February 2017
Community Learning Classes – Spring 2017

The programme of classes can be found here.

Provided by Gilly Dixon-Spain on 24th February 2017
24th February 2017
Community Hog Roast Party

Having successfully applied for a grant, Lismore Community Trust would like to bring together the island as a whole to celebrate the kindness of all the residents as volunteers and the helping hands that spread around the community, making this island such a desirable place to live.

As a thank you from the island the Community Trust would like to invite all Islanders and their families to a Hog Roast Evening and Dance in the Hall.

More information here

Provided by Lismore Community Trust on 24th February 2017
11th February 2017
The Bachuil Project Feasibility Study and associated documents

Lismore Community Trust has provided the following documents; A statement from the Trust, The final draft of the Feasibility Study, Options Appraisal and Business Plan (up to appendix 13) (49 pages) and Appendix 14.

Update 22nd February 2017: Appendix 15 (survey results) removed.

Provided by Lismore Community Trust for 11th February 2017
2nd February 2017
Appin Lismore Community Cares Newsletter

Appin Lismore Community Cares' first newsletter can be found here.

Provided by Mary MacDougall on 29th January 2017
31st January 2017
Bachuil Project – Next Steps
Provided by Lismore Community Trust on 31st January 2017
31st January 2017
Growing Gaelic in Argyll

Argyll and Bute Council has been successful in securing Scottish Government funding to let communities decide how £15,000 could be used to strengthen and grow Gaelic across the area. More information in these press releases in Gaelic and English.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 31st January 2017
31st January 2017
Calling Lismore Residents

Calling Lismore Residents: An Exciting Opportunity!

Would you like to take over the running of Isle of Lismore Community Website? Could you gather together a team to run it with you?

Isle of Lismore Community Website in its current form seeks to present and promote the island to the outside world, and to provide information of interest to the community. It also houses an archive of information and photographs relating to island life over the past sixteen years. There are sections on the rich history of the island and on the wonderful flora and fauna that can be observed and enjoyed today.

The current Website team are beginning to feel that both they as administrators and the Website in its current form are coming to the end of their natural shelf life. The majority of the team intend to stand down in the near future and ideally would like to hand over complete control to a younger group with fresh ideas and more up-to-date technical skills.

IT skills are only part of the story, however. Journalistic and photographic skills, for example, would also be desirable, with each member of the new team contributing his or her particular strength.

It could be possible that some form of training might be made available to interested parties. In addition, the current Website team would provide full support, where required, during the handover period.

Involvement in this exciting project could present a great opportunity to practise and improve your own skills and would be an enhancement to any CV. And of course you would be providing a valuable service to your community as well as having complete creative freedom to develop this service in your own way.

If interested please come along to a meeting in the Hall on  Thursday 2nd March 2017 at 7.30pm.

If you would like to discuss this with the current team or have any questions email us on:
administrator@isleoflismore.com

Provided by Website Team on 31st January 2017
27th January 2017
Self Directed Services

Argyll TSI is offering advice, education and support to people who have a vested interest in Self Directed Support either for themselves or a family member. There are leaflets in the Hall waiting room and scans here and here.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 27th January 2017
26th January 2017
SSE Priority Services

SSE has supplied information about a service to provide extra help to vulnerable people during a power cut. There is more information here or there are paper versions in the Hall waiting room and shop.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 26th January 2017
25th January 2017
Hospital Consultation

There is a proposal to move the children's inpatient, day surgery and short stay medical assessment ward, Ward 15, from the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley to the new Royal Hospital for Children in Govan. The consultation on this proposal runs until Monday 6th February 2017.

There are a number of ways to find out more about what is being proposed and why, ask any questions, and tell them what you think:

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 25th January 2017
18th January 2017
Advocacy Service Newsletter

A newsletter containing information that may be of interest to people with a health condition that has lasted / will last a year or longer can be found here.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 18th January 2017
17th January 2017
Planning Consultation

The Scottish Government has launched a digital consultation on the plans for the future of the Scottish planning system. They are looking for our views on 20 proposals that can be found in this 50 page document. There is more information about the consultation here (including a telephone number and email address for questions) and the actual consultation can be found here. The closing date for the consultation is 4th April 2017.

Update 1st March 2017: A shorter (13 page) guide can be found here

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 17th January 2017
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