Most of you will remember the Island Futures Charrette workshops that took place last year, facilitated by Ironside Farrar Ltd. A variety of public meetings and workshops were carried out and attended by the community who were encouraged to input into the process.
The results from the Charrette were presented to The Trust in the form of a Socio-Economic Baseline Study and a Strategy Report. In October of 2016, Tiree Trust held a public meeting to present the key information collated from the reports. Unfortunately, this meeting wasn’t well attended and it was felt that we should re arrange the meeting in order to give the community another chance to learn about the key results from the Charrette process and what the ‘next steps’ would be in relation to the recommendations.
The second public meeting will be taking place on Wednesday the 22nd of March at 7:30pm in An Talla and we would urge as many people as possible to come along.
You can find out more at http://www.tireetrust.org.uk/charrette-outcomes-public-meeting/
Tiree Community Development Trust recently presented the final Socio Economic Study and Strategy Report, which were the two main outputs from the work carried out by Ironside Farrar Ltd, the consultancy firm employed to deliver the Charrette for the Trust. You can see the two documents below:
Socio Economic Study http://www.tireetrust.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Tiree-Socio-Economic-Baseline-Study-EKOS-FINAL-2.pdf
Strategy Report http://www.tireetrust.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/8622-Tiree-Strategy-Report-FINAL-2.pdf
EDIT – 11/10/16
Tiree Community Council made the following submission:
‘Tiree Community Council (TCC) considered the proposed Special Protection Area for Tiree and Coll at its public meeting on 7th September. We acknowledge that we do not possess relevant expertise in maritime ecology; our job is to represent the views and interests of our constituents on the electoral roll of the island. The matter was an agenda item, which was advertised in advance. The pSPA was also flagged prominently on the TCC website and comments were solicited. At the public meeting a member of the public commended the report as balanced. As a member of the pressure group No Tiree Array he had already provided a detailed submission to the consultation process. As Convenor I reported that I had held a meeting with two island fishermen, who were very concerned about the proposed SPA. They pointed out that fishing was one of the three pillars of the Tiree economy, and, significantly, encouraged young families to stay on the island. They pointed out that the bird population figures behind the proposals were at least ten years old and may not accurately describe the present situation. These fishermen had told me that, while the present local static gear fishery was not thought to impact significantly on the two bird species concerned, experience in other marine protected areas was towards tighter regulations as time went on. One of the fishermen made limited use of a set net for bait, and this catch was worth £15,000 a year to him. The other fishermen said he had made plans to buy equipment to start limited dredging and the proposed tightening of this form of fishing would load significant pressure onto his already fragile business. They were strongly against the proposals, and in particular, the inclusion of the south coast of the island. There have been no other comments to TCC about the pSPA.’
Tiree Community Council are looking for feedback on the following SNH consultation.
(Special Protection Areas) SPA are particularly relevant for creel (static gear) fishermen, but also important for overall marine conservation and preservation of marine habitats.
Please leave feedback in the comments section on the website!
Deadline for the consultation is 21 September. If you would prefer to submit a response directly to SNH you can do so at the following link.
The Scottish Government confirmed this week that there are no plans to change the current location of the Croft House Grants Scheme office.
Following a query by the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee (RACE), the Scottish Government gave the following reply.
The Committee requested confirmation from the Scottish Government that the croft
house grant arrangements would continue to be administered from the Isle of Tiree.
The Scottish Government confirms that there are no plans to move the administration of the croft house grant arrangements from Tiree.
The full text of the communication is attached here 20160309_Croft_House_Grant_Scheme