2018 News

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4th September 2018
Council Procurement Strategy Consultation

Argyll and Bute Council is consulting on a draft for its Procurement and Commissioning Strategy and Sustainable Procurement Policy 2019/20. They are looking for our views so if you:

  • currently supply goods or services to the council, or
  • would like to provide goods or services to the council, or
  • would like to have your say in how the council buys goods and services

now might be the time to look at this. The draft and the questionnaire can be found here and the consultation ends on 28th September 2018.

Provided by Bob Davies on 4th September 2018
2nd September 2018
Island Liaison Partners

In the Argyll & Bute Council (A&BC) newsletter dated 31st August 2018, there is an item about a pilot initiative that will see five Scottish Government employees volunteering as Island Liaison Partners. There is a link to a post on the A&BC website and more information can be found in the minutes of the council's Argyll Islands Strategic Group held on 28th August 2018. In item 4, these contain a link to the Scottish Government - Draft Description of Island Liaison Partners that contains the names of the two Scottish Government employees who will be working with Oban, Lorn and the Isles - Gavin Sellar and Jon Rathjen - and, in Appendix 1, gives some background about them. This document also contains the sentence We anticipate that meetings of partners on the identified islands to progress local priorities will take place between 2 and 4 times a year.

Provided by Bob Davies on 2nd September 2018
26th August 2018
School Lunches in Argyll and Bute

In the Argyll and Bute Council (A&BC) newsletter dated 24th August 2018 (in the 'Did you know?' section) they say We serve 4300 freshly-prepared, healthy school meals every day. They're so good, Soil Association Scotland awarded them their 'Food for Life Served Here' award!. A&BC's entry for the Soil Association Scotland's Bronze Award is here and more information about what that means is here.

Provided by Bob Davies on 26th August 2018
30th June 2018
Website Revamp

As you are all aware our island website is undergoing a complete revamp, up until now we have continued to update the site with the help of Bob Davies, and we have appreciated his help and guidance whilst the new site is being planned and built. Bob has stayed with us for considerably longer than he had intended, however feels that now is the time to step down.

We have recently received the last of the funding required to set up the new site, and archive the existing site. We are now working closely with the design team, and hope to have this completed by September. Unfortunately no new website updates will be made until the new site launches. In the interim, will be using both the Facebook pages. We thank you all for your continued support.

Provided by the Website Group on 30th June 2018
30th June 2018
Electoral Registration Canvassers

Dunbartonshire and Argyll & Bute Valuation Joint Board has sent us the following:

We are about to start our Electoral Registration annual canvass and will be issuing Household Enquiry Forms to every residential property in the Argyll & Bute Council area to check that the details we hold on the Electoral Register are correct and to allow us republish an up to date register in December. We will be issuing the initial forms on 2nd July 2018, thereafter a reminder will be issued on 3rd August 2018 to any properties which have not responded to our initial form. Where we have not received a completed Household Enquiry Form or Invitation to Register, legislation states that we must make household visits to collect a completed form or deliver it to the property during September and October. However, at present we are struggling to find canvassers for Oban and the surrounding area.

If this sounds of interest, please contact:
Walter McCulloch
Administration Assistant
Dunbartonshire and Argyll & Bute Valuation Joint Board
Kilbrannan House
Bolgam Street
CAMPBELTOWN
Argyll
PA28 6JY

Telephone: 01586 555304
Fax: 01586 552883
Textphone: 07821 643267

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 30th June 2018
27th June 2018
A85 Roadworks

BEAR Scotland will be closing part of the A5 west of Dalmally overnight between 15th and 17th July 2018. There are more details here and maps showing the location and diversion.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 27th June 2018
26th June 2018
Airds Restaurant Dinner Times

Airds Hotel has let us know that they now serve dinner from 6:30pm each evening (it used to be 7:15pm). This change makes a weekday meal possible and dinner on Friday or Saturday easy. There is more information and booking details here.

Provided by Airds Hotel on 26th June 2018
21st June 2018
Police Consultation – Special Constables

In the Argyll & West Dunbartonshire Police Division and more specifically in Argyll and Bute, Police Scotland is looking to improve the recruitment, retention and coverage of Special Constables and they would like to obtain the Community views on the following points:-

  1. Do you have any ideas/suggestions on what Police Scotland can do to increase the number of applicants to the role of Special Constable?
  2. What issues do you think may be discouraging people from applying for the role of Special Constable?
  3. What is your opinion on the initial training required to qualify as a Special Constable (currently either a 3 week residential course at the Scottish Police College (SPC) in Kincardine or 5 weekends at East Kilbride Police Training Centre plus 1 week and 1 weekend at the SPC)?
  4. For the more rural applicants, do you think that some locally based training in e.g. Lochgilphead or Oban would encourage more applicants?

Responses to these questions should be emailed to Iain.MacNicol@scotland.pnn.police.uk by Friday 13th July 2018. If you are interested in becoming a Special Constable, please contact Iain.

Further information about the recruitment of Special Constables can be found here.

If you have any other points you would like to raise about policing, this might be an opportunity.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 21st June 2018
31st May 2018
Community Council Will Not Be Constituted

We have been told by Argyll and Bute Council (A&BC) that no nominations were received for the by-election so Lismore Community Council cannot be constituted. There is an A&BC meeting on 28th June where this will be discussed and we are told that If there is any interest from the community in the interim then we will take this to the meeting.

If you would like to see Lismore with a community council and are prepared to stand, you could contact the Area Governance Officer at A&BC or the councillors for Lismore – Elaine Robertson, Kieron Green or Andrew Vennard.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 31st May 2018
31st May 2018
CalMac Summer 2019 Timetable Consultation

On 14th May 2018, CalMac said that they needed our comments and suggestions by 30th May 2018. Unfortunately, there is no community council at present and so no response has been made. If you feel strongly about this, you could try contacting Neal Goldsmith who represents Lismore on the CalMac Community Board.

Provided by the Website Group on 31st May 2018
28th May 2018
Volunteer of the Year 2018

Argyll and Bute Third Sector Interface is accepting nominations for Volunteer of the Year. There is more information here and a nomination form here. Nominations close on 15th June 2018.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 28th May 2018
28th May 2018
Granny Bus Sponsorship

The Granny bus was delighted to receive a £250 sponsorship towards the maintenance of the Community Transport Bus from Gleaner Oils on 3rd May this year. This will be of great help in keeping this greatly valued service going. Thank you to Gleaner Oils.

Provided by Lismore Public Hall on 21st May 2018
15th May 2018
Community Council By-Election 2018

Unfortunately, by the closing date (22nd March) there had been an insufficient number of valid nominations received to constitute Lismore Community Council (as well as, apparently, 20 other community councils). The people who were successfully nominated will therefore be elected unopposed and a by-election will be held on 28th June 2018 to fill the remaining vacancies. There is more information here and a nomination pack here or in the Community Council folder in the shop. The closing date for nominations is 24th May 2018.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 15th May 2018
1st May 2018
Feedback from Health Meetings

On 21st March 2018, Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership held a consultation on Developing Community Teams in Appin Village Hall. The feedback from all the consultations can be found here.

Provided by NHS Highland on 27th April 2018
1st May 2018
MV Eigg Retires

We have received the following from CalMac:

MV Eigg, the last ‘Island’ class ferry in the CalMac fleet, is retiring from west coast service.

The eight strong ‘Island’ class were introduced from 1972, with the Eigg launched in 1975. At 75ft long and 21ft wide she is capable of carrying 75 passengers and five cars. Although her main route was Oban-Lismore, she was occasionally to be found operating out of Largs, Lochranza, Tobermory, Iona, Raasay and Lochaline. She also served as Kilchoan Tobermory ferry from 1996 to 1998 and was latterly relief vessel on a number of shorter routes.

The ‘Island’ class vessels opened up new routes for CalMac to Arran and Mull and being virtually interchangeable they greatly increased the flexibility of the fleet. They also improved services to the communities on Gigha, Iona and Lismore.

Jonathan Davies, CalMac’s small vessel technical superintendent said: "The MV Eigg is the oldest vessel in our fleet and she is the last of the Island class which were an iconic CalMac vessel. It really is the end of era with her leaving the fleet. She has served the company for over 40 years and has been an unstinting servant to the people of Lismore in particular."

CalMac operates a fleet of 33 vessels serving 27 island and remote mainland communities across the west coast. They are the UK’s largest ferry company last year carrying more than 5.2 million passengers and 1.4 million vehicles.

MV Eigg has now been handed back to owner Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) who is expected to announce a buyer for the vessel shortly.

Provided by CalMac on 9th April 2018
21st April 2018
Design a Penguin Competition

As part of the Year of Young People 2018, Visit Scotland is running a competition to design a penguin. There are more details here. The competition is open to people aged 8 - 26 and entries must be submitted by 29th April 2018.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 21st April 2018
21st April 2018
Council Fund Vote

Even if you missed the drop-in session in the Hall, there is still time to vote on your priorities. There is more information and the vote here. The vote closes on 30th April 2018.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 21st April 2018
3rd April 2018
CalMac Performance Information

CalMac has provided some summarised information on the first year of their current contract here.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 2nd April 2018
22nd March 2018
Licensing Regulations Consultation

The Scottish Government is consulting on the regulations affecting the licensing of the sale of alcohol and, in particular, the sections of these Regulations which relate to the public notification process. There is more information here with a link to the consultation. The closing date for this consultation is Wednesday 6th June 2018.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 22nd March 2018
22nd March 2018
Bank Closures Consultation

The Scottish Government is calling for views on bank closures. There is more information here with a link to the call for views. The closing date for this consultation is Friday 13th April 2018.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 22nd March 2018
14th March 2018
Online Booking for Oban Ferry – Phase 2

Thank you to all the people who voted during Phase 1.

During Phase 1, 22 people who are normally resident voted. Approximately, 28% of these were in favour of adding online booking for the Lismore-Oban ferry route.

Phase 2 will run until 28th March 2018 with the same options. Votes from Phase 1 will be counted so if you have already voted and haven't changed your mind, you don't need to vote again.

When Phase 2 closes, the results from both Phase 1 and Phase 2 will be counted. The results will then be published and CalMac informed of the results.

You can make your opinion known on the Facebook Noticeboard, by email (communitycouncil@isleoflismore.com), by post to 7 Port Ramsay, or by phone on 760139.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 14th March 2018
6th March 2018
Dates for Community Council Elections 2018

This item replaces all previous information. Argyll and Bute Council (A&BC) has published the agreed dates for this year's community council elections. The information is here (the URL says 'provisional' but this is the latest information. The A&BC Web Team just haven't corrected this) and the date given for nominations to be received is 22nd March 2018 (4pm). There are nomination packs in the Community Council folder in the shop. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Bob Davies or any other member of Lismore Community Council (LCC).

If you have an interest in improving, say, roads, or rubbish collection or any of the other services provided by A&BC, this is a great opportunity to get involved and make a difference in the community. More details about the work of LCC can be found by reading the minutes (the latest of which are here) or by talking to any current member.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 6th March 2018
27th February 2018
Young Scot Rewards

If you have a Young Scot card, you can earn 100 points by attending a meeting of Lismore Community Council (LCC). There are more details here. The next meeting of LCC is at 7pm on 15th March 2018 in the Hall and other dates are on the community website. More information is available from Laura Cook or any of the other members of LCC. We would love to hear your opinions.

Young Scot points can be used to get rewards but the real reward will be making Lismore even better.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 27th February 2018
27th February 2018
Local Energy

There is an Energy Information Event in Glencruitten Church Hall in Oban on 3rd March 2018. There is more information here.

There is also a questionnaire about local opinions on energy issues here.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 27th February 2018
23rd February 2018
Passing places consultation 2018 – Phase 2

Thank you to all the people who contributed to Phase 1 of the consultation. We received one email (containing seven suggested places for a new passing place), no letters, phone calls or verbal suggestions / comments. All of the other contributions were on the Facebook Noticeboard post. 206 people saw this, of whom over 80 are normally resident on Lismore.

In all, twelve suggestions were made for new passing places (This number excludes the case where the same place was suggested by different people in different ways). Of these, only one had more than three people supporting it.

This phase of the consultation is looking for your opinion on a proposal for Lismore Community Council to look into adding a new passing place between the one just south of the Fire Station and the Balnagowan turn. You can see this section of road on this Google map. You can support, or not, this proposal on the Facebook Noticeboard, by email (communitycouncil@isleoflismore.com), by post to 7 Port Ramsay, or by phone on 760139. If you wish to suggest a new place for a passing place (or raise again an idea that didn't receive much support at Phase 1) please do. We will put all items we receive on the Facebook Noticeboard (anonymously) to see if they have support. The closing date for Phase 2 is 11th March 2018.

All the 'votes' for and against from Phase 1 and 2, whatever the source will be collected and then discussed at the next Community Council meeting on 15th March 2018.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 23rd February 2018
21st February 2018
Coffee in the Shop

Lismore Stores is pleased to let you all know that freshly ground and brewed Coffee, Tea and other hot drinks are now available from the shop during shop opening hours. Free Wi-Fi and newspapers are also available for browsing.

Come and have a taste – all hot drinks will be free Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week.

Provided by Lismore Stores on 21st February 2018
21st February 2018
Shop Noticeboards

A big Thank you to Roger and Dan who put up the replacement noticeboards outside the shop today. They even have improved latches.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 21st February 2018
20th February 2018
Developing Social Enterprises Workshop

The Lorn Islands Partnership is hosting a workshop on Social Enterprises, at Rockfield, Oban, on Saturday 24th February. There is more information here.

Provided by Lorn Islands Partnership on 18th February 2018
20th February 2018
Fire Service Consultation

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service would like our opinions on how they are transforming. There is a survey here. To answer the questions, you will need the information that can be found starting here. The survey closes on 14th May 2018.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 20th February 2018
16th February 2018
Provisional Dates for Community Council Elections 2018

Argyll and Bute Council (A&BC) has published provisional dates for this year's community council elections. The information is here and the date given (provisionally) for nominations to be received is 22nd March 2018. We will keep you updated as new information becomes available.

If you have an interest in improving, say, roads, or rubbish collection or any of the other services provided by A&BC, this is a great opportunity to get involved and make a difference in the community. More details about the work of Lismore Community Council can be found by reading the minutes (the latest of which are here) or by talking to any current member.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 16th February 2018
15th February 2018
Online Booking for Oban Ferry – Phase 1

After a request from Lismore Community Council, CalMac have confirmed that it would be possible to offer the ability to book places on the Oban-Achnacroish ferry online. This would allow us to book places out of the normal office hours. However, CalMac advises, based on previous experience of a non-bookable route becoming bookable, that this could lead to more bookings from non-islanders (people booking tours etc.) and could make it more difficult to cross without a booking at busy times. CalMac would like us, as a community, to be sure that this is what we want before they make the service available. For this reason, we are setting the criteria as follows. To request online booking, we will require

  • 80 or more opinions from people normally resident on Lismore to be given, and
  • for 60% or more to be in favour.

The closing date for Phase 1 will be 11th March 2018. The results to date will be summarised and Phase 2 will run from 14th March 2018 until 28th March 2018. Views from both Phase 1 and Phase 2 will be counted. The results will then be published and CalMac informed of the results.

You can make your opinion known on the Facebook Noticeboard, by email (communitycouncil@isleoflismore.com), by post to 7 Port Ramsay, or by phone on 760139.

Update 17th February 2018
A couple of general points about how the system would work:

  • Online booking would be an additional service and CalMac has assured us that there would be no changes to the existing system. Anyone who wanted to continue to book as they do now, would be able to.
  • Concessionary rates cannot be booked online and would still require a call to the reservations number and use of concession on-board the vessel or at the Oban office.
  • All online bookings would have to be paid for when booking.

---End of update---

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 15th February 2018
15th February 2018
Heritage Job

The sinn a lorg tagraichean airson an obair Oifigear Gaidhlig. 15uairean gach seachdainn. Airson tuilleadh fiosrachadh - Jennifer Baker 01631 760360/07979273580 post/d jmjbaker@hotmail.com

Applications are being sought for a Gaelic Access Officer - 15 hrs per week. For further information contact Jennifer Baker 01631 760360/07979273580, email jmjbaker@hotmail.com or go to www.obraichean.co.uk.

Provided by Jennifer Baker on 9th February 2018
4th February 2018
CalMac Community Board

CalMac has a new Community Board to be the voice of the communities and provide the community view to CalMac. There are more details here and the minutes of their first meeting are here.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 24th January 2018
3rd February 2018
Update to the Vessel Replacement and Deployment Plan 2016

Transport Scotland has produced its third Vessel Replacement and Deployment Plan (VRDP) Annual Report. It contains the following:

11.3.3 Oban – Lismore

187. There are two ferry services that link Lismore with the mainland: CFL’s Oban-Lismore vehicle-passenger service and a passenger-only service on the short crossing between Port Appin and Point provided on behalf of ABC. The Ferries Plan noted that:-

“We intend therefore to work towards a single route from Port Appin to Point, which is the shorter of the two crossings. The service would be a passenger vehicle service and would realise the improvements in frequency of sailing and length of operating day of the recommended model service profile.

This is a longer-term proposal as we recognise considerable improvements will be required to port infrastructure, public transport and road links. This range of issues will require further work and engagement with the community. We also intend to work with the Local Authority and other partners on the precise arrangements for this future service.”

188. We are aware that, since the drafting of the Ferries Plan, RET fares and a larger vessel have been introduced to the Oban-Lismore service. It is therefore considered appropriate, prior to implementing these proposals, to review the appraisal published in June 2009. There is no specific timescale for this work which will take place when resources allow and within the context of CMAL’s planning of future harbour requirements at Oban. This work has recently been reviewed by ABC and Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership (HITRANS) who have shared their report with the NSG.

There are some other references to Lismore and the whole report can be downloaded here. There is also a copy in the Community Council folder in the shop.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 31st January 2018
3rd February 2018
Arthritis Self-Management Sessions in Oban

Free workshops are being organised for people living with a long term medical condition and wanting to improve their quality of everyday life. More details here.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 30th January 2018
3rd February 2018
Fire Service – Community Asset Register

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has launched its Community Asset Register (CAR). They have provided the following information:

Essentially this is a register of volunteers who have a particular asset or skill which they feel could be used to support emergency services and responders at an incident. Examples include someone with a boat who could be called in times of flooding to assist evacuate people from houses to a place of safety. Similarly, someone with a 4X4 may be used in times of severe snow to transport vulnerable people to a community hall.

Further information about the CAR can be found here. Unfortunately, it is impossible to gauge how often a volunteer will be requested. Mobilisations can be determined by severe weather, a specific type of asset/skill required for the incident, the emergency services availability and resources in the area and the location of the volunteer. It must be stressed that even when someone has registered, they are under no obligation to mobilise when they are called by the Operations Control centre.

If you would like to register, you need to email SFRS.CommunityAssetRegister@firescotland.gov.uk and a registration form will be sent to you along with guidelines on how to complete the registration process.

There is a leaflet that explains more here (There are two copies of the same information on this leaflet).

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 28th January 2018
3rd February 2018
A828 Roadworks

BEAR Scotland is planning repairs to a 300 metre length of the A828 at South Creagan. The work is due to run from Monday 22nd January to Monday 2nd April 2018. The work will be carried out between 7am and 7pm each day and traffic restrictions will be in place. There is more information here and a map here.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 24th January 2018
31st January 2018
Passing places consultation 2018 – Phase 1

Lismore Community Council is looking for your opinion on passing places. Do you think there are sufficient passing places on the island? If not, where would you suggest an additional place is needed? 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 closing date for Phase 1 is 20th February 2018.

Any suggestions will be summarised and the ones with support will be published on the community website, outside the shop and on the Facebook Noticeboard on 23rd February 2018 for Phase 2 of the consultation. This will run until 11th March 2018 and during this time you can make further comments or suggestions. All the suggestions will then be discussed at the next Community Council meeting on 15th March 2018.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 28th January 2018
31st January 2018
A&B Care and Repair First Newsletter

Argyll and Bute Care and Repair is a charity funded by Argyll and Bute Council and the National Health Service to provide practical assistance, financial and technical services and information and advice to the elderly and/or disabled to enable them to remain in their own homes in comfort. Their first newsletter is here.

Provided by Lismore Community Council on 15th January 2018
19th January 2018
Lismore Lumiere

£107 was raised at the weekend by those attending the two films: Churchill and Demain. Thank you to all Lismore cinema goers! Demain was considered such an inspirational film that it has been decided to add it to the shop DVD collection for more people to enjoy.

Provided by Dot Hay on 14th January 2018
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