Informal Woolly Day – Thurs 21st July Victory Hall Benderloch

Informal Woolly Crafty day this Thursday 21st July
Victory Hall, Benderloch : – 11 am to 4 pm
A get together to spin, weave, knit, felt, chat, share our love of
fibre craft together.
Light refreshments
Bring whatever you are working on, come and chat, try out something new, relax and enjoy.infoma da 216

July 18, 2016   Posted in: Arts and Crafts, Benderloch  No Comments

Scottish Seafarms to invest £35 million in hatchery at Barcaldine

Leading salmon producer Scottish Sea Farms is to invest £35 million in a major freshwater site near Oban. This investment is part of a total £70 million spend anticipated over the next few years and will create up to 25 permanent high-value skilled jobs.
The company – which recently won ‘Business of the Year’ at the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2016 – has purchased the MRC Barcaldine site. It plans to build a new land-based RAS freshwater facility (Recirculating Aquaculture System) at the site for rearing young salmon (‘smolts’) in bio-secure and environmentally friendly conditions.
With the site purchase now finalised, Scottish Sea Farms will embark on a period of consultation with the community as it looks to develop the site in a way that also benefits the community and supports sustainable growth in the area.

July 6, 2016   Posted in: Barcaldine, Business  No Comments

Community Council minutes meeting May 2016

Minutes of meeting held in Victory Hall 10th May 2016 following AGM at 7.30pm
Present: Margaret Adams (Convenor), Geoffrey Miller (Vice-convenor), Tim McIntyre
(Secretary), Anne Hilditch (Treasurer), Robin Dodman (CC), Jill Bowis (CC), Gordon Wood (CC),
John Campbell (CC), Tony Dalgaty (CC), Ashley Stones (CC, from 8.40pm); Councillor Elaine
Robertson (from 8.15pm); and Breege Smyth, candidate in forthcoming council by-election
1. Apologies: Sian Griffiths (CC), Ronnie Campbell (CC), Colin Morrison (CC), Councillors Julie
McKenzie and Iain S MacLean; Kieron Green, candidate in forthcoming council by-election;
PC Stuart Johnstone
2. Declarations of Interest: None
3. Minutes of Previous Meeting: held on 14th April, were approved, subject to addendum at item
5 to thank Breedons for providing surfacing material and barrier stones for the Victory Hall car
park overhaul.
4. Police Report: PC Johnstone had provided a report detailing incidents since last meeting, all
minor/routine in nature
5. Matters Arising: Village: Pot Hole at Kintaline Mill Farm: there is still a pot hole in the
road near to Kintaline Mill – CC to write to Council about this. Tralee 20mph limit: Elaine
will follow this up again with Roads dept. Also advised that for local road issues, we could
request the Roads engineer to meet with the CC; Shian Link Path: Margaret advised that a
Keil crofter was concerned to ensure that an existing right of vehicular access to ground across
the proposed path can be maintained – to be discussed at a site meeting. CC to write to parties
and suggest a site meeting.
6. Flooding on Tralee road: There is an ongoing problem with flooding at the far end of the
road, beyond the holiday park. This has been reported but no action has taken place. The water
during a recent wet period was up to 8” deep. Elaine has taken this up with Roads dept.
recently, and they have said that a gully cleaner will be sent out. A local resident advised that
he had been told by a council official that remedial drainage works were needed, so Elaine will
take this back to the department.
7. Oban FM CC update broadcast – Breege Smyth (Oban FM) has invited all local CCs to
provide a monthly update lasting approximately 1 minute, which will be broadcast monthly.
This is intended to start in September. Submission to be sent in as an MP3 – training will be
available on script writing & recording if required. Agreed this would be a good idea and to go
ahead when the time comes.
8. A828 overnight closures in May – BEAR have issued an update to the works – the work will
now take place over one week instead of two, from Sunday 15th to Friday 20th, and the road will
be closed from 9pm to 6am, with traffic allowed through hourly during the closure period.
9. Treasurer’s report – no change since last meeting;- overall balance is 3,103.97 – Anne has
amalgamated the previous two accounts to form a single general fund going forward. Agreed to
contact community payback to look at local projects.
10. Secretary’s report – Correspondence received & circulated; Coastal Trust – an invitation to
join the Argyll & Isles Coast & Countryside Trust; Transport Survey – a survey for Argyll &
Bute Community Health Partnership; Planning Our Future Report – report on budget
consultation carried out by Argyll & Bute Council.
11. Health matters – Robin attended MEDCAT meeting on 20th April, and he gave a run down of
some interesting statistics on the day to day work of Connel Surgery. The practice currently has
6 GPs, 3 partners & 3 salaried; 4 practice nurses & 1 health care assistant. There is a new
doctor joining in August as a GP partner, but Dr Flynn will be leaving the practice in the near
future. Robin also raised the proposed defibrillator at Bonawe, and received a positive hearing,
so we are hopeful of a positive outcome to the funding application which will be decided soon
at a meeting. Defibrillators (Tony): Funding options and applications ongoing.
12. Planning – no current applications
13. AOB – Breedons – General Manager Adrian Howe has emailed to suggest a meeting.
Suggested w/c 23rd May – Margaret will contact Breedons to arrange a date, and circulate; CPP
meeting is on 19th May at Oban High School, 6.30pm; Geoff: Moss road – near to Dalvuie, the
road is breaking up at the edges and requires urgent attention – report to Jim Smith.
14. Dates & Venues for forthcoming meetings – 30th June, North Connel Hall; 18th August,
Barcaldine; 29th September Ardchattan School; 10th November, Campbell Memorial Hall
There being no further business the meeting closed at 21:30pm
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:

June 29, 2016   Posted in: Community Council  No Comments

The Community Empowerment Act session on Lismore

Lismore Community Trust is hosting a session for formal and informal community groups, on the implications for communities of
The Community Empowerment Act,
between 3.30 and 5.45 pm
on Thursday 16th June,
in Lismore Public Hall.

Your Community’s New Rights
An introduction for formal and informal community groups, to
Participation Requests,
Asset Transfer, and
Community Right to Buy
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With DAVID ALLAN of  The Scottish Community Development Centre, Glasgow
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3.30 to 5.45 pm

Ferry connections:
Oban – Achnacroish: 2.00 – 2.50pm; return 6.15 – 7.10 pm;
Port Appin – Point: 3.00 – 3.10 pm; return 6.15 – 6.25 pm;
Lismore Community Trust, which is hosting this event, will arrange transport from / to arrival locations; call 01631 760 128, BEFORE noon on 15 th Jun and leave a message.

June 13, 2016   Posted in: Community  No Comments

Sand and gravel planning applications in Ardchattan

There have been several planning (pre planning) applications put in to Argyll and Bute for sand and gravel extraction just recently.

On Thursday 16th June there is a pre planning public consultation at Appin Community Council, to discuss an application for a sand and gravel quarry at Glasdrum, in the estuary of the River Creran, above the old white bridge.
16/01059/PAN | Proposal of Application Notice for proposed sand and gravel quarry. | Glasdrum Fasnacloich Appin Argyll And Bute PA38 4BJ
details of consultation –

GLASDRUM road side Glasdrum satelitteimages from bing and google

This proposed quarry is in the estuary below the National Nature reserve of the ancient oakwoods of Glasdrum

And newly added to the Ardchattan planning list is an application for an extension to the sand extraction at Ledaig.
Case : 16/01163/MIN, MIN, DLOVE, Property : Quarry, Oban Airport, A828T North Of North Connel From Connel Bridge To, PA37 1SW

June 13, 2016   Posted in: argyll and bute council  No Comments

Lorn Plan 2020 – Call for Sites

Argyll and Bute Local Development Plan 2 – Call for Sites
Argyll and Bute Council are inviting suggestions for the consideration of new development sites or allocations in the replacement Argyll and Bute Local Development Plan (LDP2) covering the period from 2020 to 2025.
As a first stage in the plan preparation process for LDP2, the Call for Sites stage will be open for contributions from 8th June until 8th December 2016.
This stage is intended to allow those with an interest in development in the Argyll and Bute Council planning area, such as prospective developers, to provide information to demonstrate the appropriateness and viability of their suggested potential sites.
As a first stage in the plan preparation process for LDP2, the Call for Sites stage will be open for contributions from 8th June until 8th December 2016. This stage is intended to allow those with an interest in development in the Argyll and Bute Council planning area, such as prospective developers, to provide information to demonstrate the appropriateness and viability of their suggested potential sites. In order to help ensure that the information provided will enable us to fully consider the proposals an online form is available together with guidance notes. The notes explain how to complete the form, and provide details of what is required as part of the submission in order to allow full consideration to be given to suggestions.
As some of this background information may involve site survey work, and the commissioning of specialist reports, the consultation period will run for an extended period of 6 months to allow for this.
Anyone wishing to submit proposals is requested use the form which is available on line at

June 12, 2016   Posted in: argyll and bute council  No Comments

Does anyone have pictures of Lochnell School especially from the 1930’s

A family are looking for photos of Lochnell School in the 1930’s and 40’s to help their mum who’s facilities are failing – to help her remember her school days.

contact if you can help

June 10, 2016   Posted in: Community  No Comments

Ardchattan Community Council June meeting

All welcome
Secretary: Tim McIntyre 01631 720498

June 10, 2016   Posted in: Community Council  No Comments

Annual Plant sale 2016

sale poster-16 A4 (Medium)

May 13, 2016   Posted in: Community  No Comments

Minutes of AGM May 2015

Minutes of AGM held in Ardchattan Primary School 30 th April 2015 at 7.30pm
Present: Margaret Adams (Convenor), Tim McIntyre (Secretary), Jill Bowis (CC), Sian Griffiths (CC), Lachie Strathern (CC); Councillors Elaine Robertson and Iain A MacDonald; and 8 members of the public
1. Apologies: Geoffrey Miller (Vice-convenor), Anne Hilditch (Treasurer), Robin Dodman (CC), Ronnie Campbell (CC), Colin Morrison (CC), Gordon Wood (CC), John Campbell (CC), Councillors Duncan MacIntyre and Iain S MacLean
2. Minutes of Previous AGM: held on 6 th May 2014 were approved
3. Annual Business Report: Margaret presented a summary of the issues which the CC had dealt with over the past 12 months, including:-
? Welcoming three new community councillors following a by-election, and saying a farewell to Sandra McNeeley who has moved away from Ardchattan.
? Planning: dealt with two major applications, by Dawnfresh (Loch Etive trout farms) and WHHA (housing behind Lynn of Lorne) in addition to other routine applications.
? Tralee Road: met with surveyor & liaised with council to have 20mph limit extended across bridge. Continued to press Council for an effective verge cutting programme.
? Recycling Area: has ups & downs, we are in regular contact with the Council when servicing is required.
? Turning Circle: CC met with Transport Scotland & A & B Council to agree framework for the area to be taken into community ownership & improved, and subsequently maintained by the Council.
? Moss Road junction: CC met with Transport Scotland to discuss road safety concerns, and await a response detailing improvements to be made.
? Sustrans Cycle Path: CC met with landowner to discuss route near to Sea Life Centre.
? Other activities: meeting with Ford Spence Court to improve access to cycle path; attended Airport Committee meeting; ongoing work on Health Matters (Robin) and Core Paths (Anne)
? Adopt a tub scheme: Lachie has successfully resurrected the scheme and arranged new tubs and compost and has an up to date register of adopters set up.
4. Financial Statement: the Secretary presented the annual accounts, which have been prepared by treasurer Anne Hilditch and checked by 2 auditors. The main items of expenditure during the year were the costs of venue hire for CC meetings, plus £100 each on materials for the ‘adopt a tub’ scheme, and maintenance of the CC-owned Dun-na- Mara viewpoint.
The year-end balance is £2,924.15, a modest increase over the year.
5. Election of Office Bearers:-
The following CC members were re-elected to office, all unopposed:-
Chair: Margaret Adams
Secretary: Tim McIntyre
Vice Chair: Geoffrey Miller
Treasurer: Anne Hilditch
There being no further business the meeting closed at 19:45pm
Next AGM of Ardchattan Community Council:-
Date and Venue to be advised – April/May 2016

April 23, 2016   Posted in: Community Council  No Comments