- We are very pleased to report that the repair works to Scarinish Harbour are now complete. The pier head has been rebuilt and stabilised with reinforced concrete, the deck has been resurfaced and five sets of new ladders with timber buffers/fenders installed. The old mid tide pier on the west of the harbour has also received some much-needed repair works to make it safe again.
- Final design details for Milton Harbour development will be complete soon and the project will go out to tender this summer with a view to starting work in Spring 2019. Any local contractors who may be interested should contact Andy for more details.
- The Ranger Service Guided Walk Programme kicked off at the beginning of the month. Walks take place every Thursday at 2pm (weather permitting), a full list of dates and locations can be found here.
- 2018 updated Visitor Maps are now available for collection from The Trust Office. They include all local businesses and places of interest, a must for any holiday home or tourist business.
- We have been successful in receiving funding for two of our core ongoing projects.
– £4,000 was received from Bord na Gaidhlig which will go towards the Music and Culture Project which helps to support Gaelic development and cultural events on the island.
– £42,000 has been awarded over 3 years from The Robertson Trust as a contribution to extend the provision of the Youth Work Project which supports and leads a number of youth groups and youth initiatives on the island.
Scarinish Harbour Repairs – Lochshell Engineering are due to arrive on site in mid-March to begin the repairs to Scarinish Harbour. This will involve repairing the walls of the main pier, inserting reinforcement inside the end of the structure to tie it together, resurfacing the top and adding new ladders and moving rings. The old landing pier on the opposite side of the bay will also be shored up to ensure it does not get any worse. Funding for this work has been secured from Marine Scotland.
Hynish – Discussions are still on-going between TCDT and the Hebridean Trust regarding the transfer of the Assets at Hynish. This is expected to take a while longer as some of the legal details are agreed and this is in the hands of the lawyers now. We will keep you posted on progress.
Crossapol Beach Parking – The Tiree Ranger Service has been working towards improved parking and access to Crossapol Beach for 2018. Repairs have been made to the old parking area on the Reef, thanks to William Angus MacLean, Parky (IA MacKinnon Haulage) and Neil MacPhail for their time and generosity in supplying Labour, Plant and fuel respectively. We now have an agreement with Argyll Communities Housing Association (ACHA) to use the area opposite Buth a’ Bhaile to create a new parking area and we will be working hard to get this ready for summer 2018.
Tilley – The community turbine has suffered from a generator fault which has caused a substantial amount of down time during January and February. Enercon, the manufacturer, will cover all repairs including parts under our maintenance agreement and are confident that have bypassed the fault for now meaning that we are currently restricted from 900kW to 600kW. Tiree Renewable Energy Ltd (TREL) are currently evaluating an insurance claim for lost income during this time.
Apologies, as it has been a while since we have updated our news-bites via An Tirisdeach. Please see below some snippets of what’s been happening over the last month. More detailed information can be found on our website.
- Lochshell Engineering (based in Wick) has been appointed to undertake the repair works at Scarinish Harbour and an agreement with Argyll Estate to gift the Harbour over to the community is at an advanced stage. A grant has been secured from Marine Scotland and work is due to commence in late February/early March.
- Funding has been awarded from the Scottish Land Fund to cover the costs associated with the Trust taking ownership of the Hynish Buildings from The Hebridean Trust. This includes funding for a 2-year development officer post. This is currently being developed and more information about the post will be announced in due course. The legal process is lengthy and we are still not at the point of taking on the buildings quite yet.
- We have recently funded a variety of training courses on the island, including ‘healthy and safety at work’, ‘food hygiene’ and ‘personal license’ which over 25 members of the community have benefitted from.
- We are pleased to welcome Youth Worker Willie MacKinnon back to the office, following a short period of absence due to a leg injury. Willie will be conducting desk duties for the next month or so, we are delighted to report that he is slowly but steadily on the mend!
- You may have noticed that Tilley has not been turning over the last month. This is due to a generator fault and we are working with manufacturers to try and resolve this as part of our maintenance contract.
- The Tiree Ranger Service Guided Walk Programme for 2018 is now available here. We’ve got three new routes for you to enjoy this year, and the programme will commence in April (rather than June as has previously been the case).
- Argyll and the Isles Tourism Cooperative held a Mini Tourism Summit at the end of the month which was attended by various people involved in the tourism industry.