Council Hustings event Benderloch this evening

A full house of councillor candidates faced a lively gathering of local people this evening and wide ranging questions from the community and each other.

Recordings were made and this post will be updated with links to them as soon as they are uploaded and available.

Many thanks to Louise Glen of the Oban Times for chairing so ably and Ardchattan Community Council for hosting the evening (see you all again in a few weeks time for the General Election version)

Thanks to Campbell Cameron for ably whisking the microphone around the audience, to Breege Smith for the speaker & sound recording, and Jill Bowis for the filming.

BOTHER!! over night upload only saved half the recording – working on a fix We have Superfibre boxes to the north of us and to the south of us .. both have been sitting there for more than 6 months .. and repeatedly dates for installation of service is set back. Just tested our speeds – an upload speed of 0.40Mbps is not a way to support or encourage rural economy or community engagement.

2 Gb file now uploading !!
1 hour later : 7% done

April 27, 2017  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: argyll and bute council, Community Council  No Comments

MUDSLIDE, are coming to Benderloch, Friday May 5th

MUDSLIDE, are coming to Benderloch. The 5 piece blues band’s passion for the Blues will be on Show at the Victory Hall on Friday May the 5th. 

Here is the video link

With a set list that encompasses all styles of Blues with songs from Stevie Ray Vaughan to Clapton, Gary Moore to Joe Bonamassa plus some original material and old classics they create foot tapping, spine tingling, stormin’ blues  proving that the  blues are alive and well, in the wild west coast of Argyll.

Call Joy and Campbell on 01631 720247 to reserve your places at £10 each – we think it might be busy, so chancing paying £12 on the door might be brave!

Looking forward to being bluesy together!

April 23, 2017   Posted in: Community  No Comments

Local Council Election Hustings – Thursday 27th Benderloch

Local Election Hustings in Benderloch Thursday 27th April starting 7.30 pm (Victory Hall) .. come and ask the councillor candidates your question directly. All Welcome

April 21, 2017   Posted in: argyll and bute council  No Comments

James Edwyn & the Borrowed Band at the Victory hall on Friday 21st April.

Next up at the Victory Hall …….(drum roll)…..

Its the 2016 CalMac culture winners – Glasgow sextet …..

James Edwyn & the Borrowed Band at the Victory hall on Friday 21st April.

The Band formed in 2013, and cite influences including folk legends such as Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan as well as alternative country artists including Ryan Adams.

Last year they wowed the Oban Live audience with their music mix of alt country, folk rock, and roots orientated Americana.

The band is centered around singer songwriter/ guitarist James Edwyn. They got their name as each member was borrowed from various bands James was involved in.

The band has chosen so far to only play a select number of well received gigs.

Book your tickets now – Saving £2 on the door price of £12 by calling 01631 720247

April 10, 2017   Posted in: Event  No Comments

The People’s Council Hustings Event April 25th Oban

Local Election Hustings Event April 25 Tues 19:00 · The Corran Halls · Oban

In collaboration with the national #OurDemocracy campaign, The People’s Council are holding hustings for the upcoming local authority elections.

Candidates from both Oban North & Lorn and Oban South & the Isles wards will be in attendance with writer and broadcaster Lesley Riddoch chairing.

This will be a hustings with a difference, with a focus on participation from the public including voting on key issues.

The event is free but ticketed. Please book your ticket here:

April 7, 2017   Posted in: argyll and bute council  No Comments

Soup Lunch in aid of East Africa Crisis Appeal April 23rd

A Soup Lunch is to be held in aid of the East Africa Crisis Appeal in the Victory Hall, Benderloch on April 23rd.


April 6, 2017   Posted in: Community  No Comments

Community Council meeting agenda for April 6th 2017

Meeting to be held on Thursday 6th April 2017 at 7.30pm
Ardchattan Primary School, Bonawe


1. Apologies
2. Declarations of interest
3. Minutes of previous meeting held Victory Hall on 23rd February 2017, previously circulated, to be approved
4. Police report
5. Matters arising not on agenda
6. Recycling centre & viewpoint
7. Tralee Link Path update
8. Treasurer’s report
9. Secretary’s report
10. Health matters
11. Planning
12. AOB
13. Next meeting – 18th May, Barcaldine PS – AGM at 7.30pm followed by ordinary meeting


April 5, 2017   Posted in: Community Council  No Comments

Community council minutes

ARDCHATTAN COMMUNITY COUNCIL Minutes of meeting held in Victory Hall 23rd February 2017 at 7.30pm
Present: Margaret Adams (Convenor), Geoffrey Miller (Vice-convenor), Tim McIntyre (Secretary), Anne Hilditch (Treasurer), Lachie Strathern (CC), Robin Dodman (CC), Tony Dalgaty (CC), Jill Bowis (CC); Councillors Kieron Green, Elaine Robertson; Council officers Fergus Murray & David Gunn (Economic Development); 13 members of the public. PC Jeremy Moore attended for the discussion under item 4.
1. Apologies: Ashley Stones (CC), Colin Morrison (CC), Breege Smyth (CC); Cllr Julie MacKenzie; PC Stuart Johnston
2. Declarations of interest: none
3. Minutes of previous meeting: held on 12th January were approved
4. Police report: PC Moore informed the meeting about the Rural Watch scheme – similar to a Neighbourhood Watch scheme for Rural areas. Individuals & CCs can sign up, and will receive email updates with tips on crime trends, etc. Flyer sent out by PC Stuart Johnston. Add to Community Council Facebook page. A member of the public raised the issue of speeding vehicles close to Lochnell School, and asked if it is possible to have more visible policing of traffic. CC can request for a road survey to be carried out. Jeremy will report the issue back to the Road Policing dept. There was then general discussion on the safety issues around children crossing the main road since Lochnell School banned vehicles from the school turning area – it was suggested that the Parent Council should discuss these issues with the school. Discussion followed about speeding vehicles on Tralee road. It was agreed to enquire with the council on the possibility of a reduced speed limit being imposed on the road, and also to have white lining renewed on Tralee Road.
5. Airport Business Park: Fergus Murray explained the background to the Lorn Arc TIF project. This is subdivided into 9 individual projects including the Airport Business Park. The access road has already been built into the site, but further development is subject to getting a suitable business case agreed, in view of the funding arrangements. The major hurdle at the moment is that the interest being shown in the site is from smaller businesses which do not generate the Non-Domestic Rates uplift required by the TIF funding model. Therefore, as well as the original TIF model, the Council is now looking into alternative options including discussing with government other forms of economic support e.g. for job creation and/or perhaps a joint venture with the private sector. They are also working on a wider master plan for the area surrounding the airport. Council is now expected to make a decision in the next few months on which of the Lorn Arc projects to take forward.
6. Matters Arising: Tralee Link Path – time is running out on the funding, and there is still one landowner agreement outstanding. An application for new funding for the next year is being prepared, in case the current deadline expires before work can begin.
7. Recycling centre & Viewpoint: due to the pressure of time, it was agreed to hold this item over for further discussion at the next public meeting in April.
8. Treasurer’s report:-
Overall opening balance as at 12th January 2017 2,542.53
income: A & B C Annual Grant 633.60 less: hire of North Connel Hall (20.00)
Closing bal. General Fund 2,889.57
Defibrillator Fund 266.56
Overall closing balance as at 23rd February 2017 3,156.13

9. Secretary’s report – Correspondence since last meeting:-
16/01: Consultation on future of Scottish planning system – closes 4th April
18/01: Update to Barcaldine Forest Design Plan 01/02:
Police Scotland update on review of estates 07/02:
Request for interview re. fish farm planning, Dr Billing, SAMS
21/02: A & B Governance – annual survey & review of CC Scheme prior to CC elections
21/02: H & SC Partnership Quality & Finance Plan to 2019, drop in event 1st March

10. Health matters: Tony now has the first defibrillator & 2 cabinets. Discussions still ongoing with BT over siting, but hopeful it can be mounted on the BT exchange in Bonawe very soon. Next step is to apply for funding for a second unit from the British Heart Foundation. Jay will ask the Caravan Club in Barcaldine if the defibrillator there could be made available for public use. Robin: gave some more detail on the H & SC Quality & Finance Plan & drop-in event. Elaine: attended a meeting ‘Planning for the Future’ at the hospital – minutes will be sent to CCs
11. Planning: no current items.
12. AOB: Elaine: suggested arranging a Bonawe Quarry Liason Group meeting as it is some time since the last one and there have been changes to personnel within Breedons.
13. Next meetings: 6th April Ardchattan PS, 18th May AGM, Barcaldine.
There being no further business the meeting closed at 21:55pm
If you would like to contact the Community Council, please write, email or telephone:- Secretary: Tim McIntyre, Birch Cottage, Barcaldine, OBAN, Argyll PA37 1SG Tel: 01631 720498; Email:

April 5, 2017   Posted in: Community Council  No Comments

Council nominations for May 2017 elections

Council nominations for May elections 2017

Ward. 4 Oban South and the Isles
AINSCOUGH Jake Scottish Labour Party 3C Glenshellach Terrace, Oban
DEVON Mary-Jean Independent 5 Struan Crescent, Tobermory, Isle of Mull
LYNCH Jim Scottish National Party (SNP) 8 Balvicar Road, Oban
MACDOUGALL Alistair Independent Aridhglas House, Creich, Fionnphort, Isle of Mull
MACINTYRE Sean Scottish National Party (SNP) 27 Lochnell Road, Dunbeg, Oban
MCCUISH Roddy Independent 20B Dalintart Drive, Oban
MCGRIGOR Jamie Scottish Conservative and Unionist Ardchonnel House, Dalmally
POLLARD David Scottish Liberal Democrats Fear Nen Eun, Salen, Aros, Isle of Mull

WARD No. 5 Oban North and Lorn
BURNETT Brian Independent Thistle-Doo, Kilchrenan, Taynuilt
GREEN Kieron Independent Flat 1/4, 49 Combie Street, Oban
MACKAY Neil Independent Oakdene, Deanery Brae, Oban
MCKENZIE Julie Scottish National Party (SNP) 37 Creag Bhan Village, Oban
MCKIE Allan Independent 5 MacGregor Court, Station Square, Oban
MOHIEDDEEN William Scottish Greens – Power In Your Hands 1 Cowan Place, Oban
NICHOLSON Grant Independent Flat 2, 4 John Street, Oban
ROBERTSON Elaine Independent Dungrianach, Pulpit Hill, Oban
SMYTH Breege Scottish National Party (SNP) Ryvoan, Achnacreemore, North Connel
VENNARD Andrew Scottish Conservative and Unionist 9A Tweeddale Street, Oban

March 30, 2017   Posted in: argyll and bute council  No Comments

Barcaldine Easter Event

Barcaldine Community Association  Easter Egg Hunt and Duck Race, will be at Sutherland’s Grove on Easter Sunday (16th Aprill) from 1pm.

As well as the main event there will also be hot food and drinks and home baking.

The egg hunt costs £2 per child and ducks are £1 each.

They always need more volunteers for the event, so if you would like to help out for a couple of hours, please let us know! (FB group –

March 29, 2017   Posted in: Community  No Comments