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.
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?
Back in January we were asked for ideas on how to spend
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an appointment.
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.
CalMac has kindly let us know the timetable alterations for this winter. They can be found here.
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.
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.
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.
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 –
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
There will be a Health Development Day focussing on Adverse Childhood Experiences on 10th May 2017. More information here.
Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) has produced its Quality
& Finance Plan 2017/18 & 2018/19. It includes dates for
Unfortunately, the one in Oban was on 1st March. The Plan can be found
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
The consultation is available in other formats at
or by ringing 0131 244 938. Closing date for responses is 31st May 2017.
Planning our futureconsultation – Findings Report
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.
The programme of classes can be found here.
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.
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.
Appin Lismore Community Cares' first newsletter can be found here.
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
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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