- An initial funding application has been submitted to the European Maritime Fisheries Fund for the
Harbours Upgrade Project (Milton and Scarinish). The amount equates to half of the overall project cost and other funders are also being approached.
- Continuing with the funding updates, we hope to submit a Scottish Land Fund application by the end of the month for costs relating to the Hynish Project. Talks are continuing with The Hebridean Trust and we will have further information to present to the community at the November Open Day.
- We are pleased to report that we have recruited two additional directors onto the TCDT Board. Janette Reid and David Naylor attended their first Board Meeting this month.
- News updates and minutes of Board Meetings can all be found on the website www.tireetrust.org.uk and on our Facebook page.
- DATE FOR THE DIARY: Tiree Trust will be holding an open day on 11th of November.
- Scottish Government Minister for Transport and the Islands, Humza Yousef, visited Tiree on Wednesday
the 16th of August and met with Tiree Trust and Tiree Community Council to discuss current projects and island needs. We will cover his visit in the next edition.
- Tiree Trust are still in talks with the Hebridean Trust to finalise instructions from Lawyers and it is then hoped that we can submit a funding application to the Scottish Land Fund before the September deadline
- The Trust Staff will be taking advantage of the amended CalMac timetable and will travel to Coll for a day trip in September, visiting Development Coll and An Cridhe and investigating other community groups and initiatives.
- The Trust was successful in its applications to Vodafone for four Community Indoor Sure Signal 3G boxes for The Business Centre, An Talla, The Rural Centre and The Lodge Hotel. These are smaller indoor versions of the outdoor units installed at Baugh Surgery, MacLennan Motors and the Scarinish Hotel previously and have an approximate range of up to 50m.
- Humza Yousef, Transport and Islands Minister, will be visiting Tiree on 16th August to meet with local representatives including Tiree Trust.
- An initial meeting was held at the end of June to form a steering group for the ‘Indoor Play Area’ project, this was attended by members of the public with the next agreed step to prepare a survey for the community, based on discussions at the first meeting. A list of all the ideas that came out at the meeting can be seen on the Trust website or on the noticeboard at the Rural Centre.
- The new Monday night event “A Taste of Tiree” has been running for three weeks now. The event, run by the Tiree Ranger, Stephanie Cope, and Music and Culture Coordinator, Donna MacLean, will continue to run every Monday until 7th August and feedback has been very positive from both visitors and locals! Thanks to all the volunteers who have taken part and to the local businesses who have contributed raffle prizes.
- The staff and directors would like to thank Rosaleen Campbell, who recently stood down as a director of the Trust, for her many years of service. Amongst her other contributions she has been a great advocate for youth work on Tiree and the current provision of a youth worker for the island is testament to the work and persistence of Rosaleen and others.
- Following on from our AGM we are pleased to announce that Ian Tainsh has been appointed as our new Chairperson and Neil MacPhail has taken on the role of Vice Chair.
- We would like to thank William Angus MacLean and John Bowler for their invaluable input as chair and vice-chair over the years, they will both continue to sit on the board of directors for the coming year.
- Our business plan for the Harbours Project, looking at taking ownership and developing Milton and
Scarinish Harbours, is nearly complete and we will soon be beginning discussions with possible funders about development funding.
- The deadline for public consultation on the new Growth Plan has now ended. Comments received will now be taken on board before the document is finalised. Thanks to everyone who submitted comments.
- 10 moorings have now been installed at Gott Bay, following on from a successful LEADER application from Tiree Community Business with help and support from Tiree Trust and match funding from the Windfall Fund.
- Tiree Hockey Club went viral last week, as the group were interviewed for BBC Alba, discussing the success of the club and plans for the future. The footage can be viewed on our Facebook Page.
- Our admin assistant, Louise Reid has successfully completed her level 3 SVQ Business Admin apprenticeship – well done, Louise!
- Following on from successful Charrette process conducted last year, Tiree Trust has been working to create the new Tiree Growth Plan 2017 – 2020. which will be published to the community for consultation by the end of May.
- The Tiree Ranger Service has been under the management of Tiree Trust since late 2016, with Stephanie Cope taking on the position in January of this year. Stephanie has settled into the role very well and keeps us very informed through her excellent blog pieces found at www.friendsoftiree.org.uk. There is also a copy of her latest blog ‘A Mermaid’s Purse’ on page 15
- This month, Tiree Trust have met with representatives from the Hebridean Trust to discuss detailed plans for Tiree Trust to take on the ownership and management of the Hebridean Trust buildings in Hynish. This has been a long process but progress is being made. Once details and a business plan are agreed these will be presented to the community and a ballot held.
- Tirisdich Còmhla – a group set up to investigate the possibility of amalgamating the larger community groups on Tiree, held their second meeting at the beginning of the month. The minutes from these meetings can be found on The Trust website once they have been approved by the group.
- The Music and Culture Coordinator has been helping the Piping Society to secure funding to continue with the Piping Tuition Project on the island and this month learnt that they were successful in receiving the remaining 50% match funding from Argyll and Bute Supporting Communities Fund. – More details on page 8
- The Tiree Harbours Steering Group continue to make good progress – Moorings will be installed at Gott Bay in May, a Planning Application has been submitted for proposed development of Milton Harbour and an engineer’s report is due to be received this week giving feedback and estimates for repair options for Scarinish Harbour.
- Work on the £80K Tiree Broadband upgrade project will be commencing shortly. Once complete, Tiree Broadband will be capable of offering speeds of up to 30Mbps There will be 3 main package options – 10Mbps, 20Mbps and 30Mbps.
- The Music & Culture Project has been awarded £5K of funding from Bòrd na Gaidhlig which will contribute to the running of the project, specifically Gaelic language development.
- The Charrette Outcomes Public Meeting was attended by 25 members of the public with a good variety of discussions. The notes from this meeting will be published on the Trust website.
- The community 4G project which Tiree Trust were investigating along with Scottish Futures Trust has been shelved
due to other service providers planning to erect additional masts and upgrade equipment which will provide the same benefit to the community. It was decided that the cost of the project outweighed the benefits of continuing with this project now that commercial service providers were addressing factors relating to poor mobile signal. We will monitor the commercial developments with interest.
- Tiree Trust has been approached by West Highland Housing Association (WHHA) to complete a joint feasibility study to investigate Tiree Trust taking on the management of the WHHA houses on Tiree.
- Tiree Trust has agreed to take over the lease of An Turas following a request from Tiree Art Enterprise. We will now be responsible for its maintenance.
- Date for your diary – Tiree Trust Groups AGM will take place on Sunday the 4th of June. We are welcoming nominations for new directors!