I have been notified of an incidence of Blue Green Algae on the North East edge of Loch Duin on Coll, I am sure you will already be aware but wanted to let the Community Council know in case they are able to post any notices to warn people as appropriate. It is relatively late in the season for the blooms however he warm temperatures appear to have led to later than usual occurrences according to SEPA who monitor these blooms and notify ourselves as appropriate.
If you need more information please let me know, in addition the following is a good source of information and also allows users to log
Bloomin' Algae | UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (ceh.ac.uk) https://www.ceh.ac.uk/our-science/projects/bloomin-algae
EHO - Public Health and Housing
Argyll and Bute Council
Please see below latest Press Release -
Free Sleepio & Daylight Cognitive Behaviour Apps available to everyone
Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) is pleased to announce free access to Sleepio and Daylight
Cognitive Therapy Behaviour Apps for all NHS staff and members of the public.
THE HSCP recognise that anxiety and poor sleep are long standing problems for many people, it is important to look after your own mental health and wellbeing. People struggling with poor sleep, insomnia or anxiety are being encouraged to take advantage of the online CBT programmes. Both programmes are available to compliment other digital cognitive behaviour therapies (CBT) available and provided free in Argyll and Bute.
Sleepio and Daylight Apps are NHS accredited programmes provided by company Big Health, co-founded by Oxford University sleep expert Professor Colin Espie. The online resources allow people to access CBT therapies in the comfort of their own home and time.
Nicola Gilliespie, Head of Mental health Service said: “We are really pleased to be adding Sleepio and Daylight to our programme of digital therapies.
“Difficulties with sleep and anxiety can have a negative impact on many aspects of peoples health and wellbeing. The programmes are early intervention programmes to help teach people to learn and develop self-management coping skills, to help prevent the symptoms from getting worse, and the need for professional services.
Accessing support through Daylight or Sleepio for Wellbeing click here
Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership
Victoria Integrated Care Centre
For out-of-hours press enquiries please contact the Raigmore
switchboard on 01463 704000 and ask for the duty communications manager
MARINE (SCOTLAND) ACT 2010, PART 4 MARINE LICENSING
00009500 - Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution plc - Cable Replacement - Port Langamull, Mull to Sorisdale Bay, Coll
The Licensing Officer for this case is David Hutchison
A marine licence has been requested under the above Act to deposit a cable between Mull and Coll at a location below the level of Mean High Water Springs. Licence application details 00009500 - Cable Replacement - Port Langamull, Mull to Sorisdale Bay, Coll - Marine Licence | Marine Scotland Information
Should you have any comments on these proposals, I would be grateful if they could be forwarded to me in an electronic format
(MS.MarineLicensing@gov.scot) or as a hard copy within 21 days of the date of this email.
If you require an extension to the consultation period, please inform me in writing as soon as possible and within 21 days of this email.
If an extension request or a written reply to this consultation is not received within 21 days, it will be assumed that you are content with
Any licence that is subsequently issued for the proposed works will be made available on Marine Scotland Information at the address above.
Marine Licensing Casework Officer
Marine Scotland - Marine Planning & Policy
Scottish Government | Marine Scotland | 375 Victoria Road | Aberdeen |
• 08/11/2021 NHS Highland: COVID - Update for key stakeholders - Link here
• 06/11/2021 CCC: Diagram of outfall extension to Ariangour sewage - Link here
• 26/10/2021 CCC: Islands Bond - CCC response - Link here
• 23/10/2021 Scot Gov: Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee Survey on forthcoming Short-term lets regulations:- - Link here
Please see link above for latest information on
short term lets regulations with a final date for consultation being
29th October 2021.
Our water and waste water services support daily life for millions of
people across Scotland.
We want to listen to your views on our service, update you on our
performance and share our plans for the future.
Our Annual Consultative Meeting will be hosted online by our Chair, Dame
Susan Rice, DBE and Chief Executive, Douglas Millican.
Customers can register to receive a unique login and view this year's
update FROM 10AM ON WEDNESDAY 6 OCTOBER at WWW.SCOTTISHWATER.CO.UK/ACM
If you would like to ask our Senior Leadership Team a question, visit
our digital platform and complete the online form available no later
than Wednesday 20 October.
We will respond direct to all questions after this date and post key
themes on our website.
If you do not have access to our website, call our Customer Helpline on
0800 0778778 for assistance with an alternative format.
• 06/10/2021 Scot Gov: SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT ISLANDS BOND CONSULTATION - Link here
• 06/10/2021 CCC: Ferries Community Board announcement - Link here
Good morning Community Councils, I am forwarding an email from The
Conservation Volunteers & OVO Energy offering free trees. Further
details can be found in the email below,
All the best for now,
Local Biodiversity Officer,
Argyll and Bute Council,
FROM: The Conservation Volunteers & OVO Energy <email@example.com>
SENT: 10 September 2021 15:00
TO: Curran-Colthart, Marina <Marina.Curran-Colthart@argyll-bute.gov.uk>
SUBJECT: TOGETHER we will plant over 2 MILLION TREES! ?
We CAN make a difference.
Together we continue to smash our tree planting targets for climate,
wildlife and communities.
But we have only just begun. This year we are going further than ever
2 MILLION TREES in the ground by the end of this tree planting season!
CLAIM YOUR FREE TREES NOW 
PLANTING BY NUMBERS – what we’ve all achieved so far...
OVO Energy  members with carbon-cutting upgrades have pledged
another 600,000 carbon-busting trees for local green spaces – the most
trees pledged to date.
Trees. They’re not just nice to look at. These wooden wonders
literally eat carbon out of the air, improving the air we breathe and
enhancing our local community green spaces for the benefit of people and
wildlife alike – that’s why we looove them!
CLAIM YOUR FREE TREES NOW 
MEET THE TREE PLANTERS...
None of our fantastic achievements could happen without the help of YOU
- wonderful volunteers and communities coming together to make a real
We have updated our webpage  with further insights as to where the
planting is happening and, as always, we'll endeavour to share your
fantastic events across our social media channels - just be sure to tag
us in your posts and use the #IDigTrees  hashtag!
Twitter  | Facebook  | Instagram  | LinkedIn 
CLAIM YOUR FREE TREES NOW 
I Dig Trees with OVO Energy is now in its seventh year. This fantastic
partnership programme goes from strength to strength and is a great
opportunity for any community group or volunteer to join in, feel good
and make a real difference.
As the old proverb goes, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years
ago. The second-best time is now.”
For climate. For wildlife. For communities – I Dig Trees !
TCV Senior Corporate Administrator
• 28/09/2021 A & BC: Register of Electors - Link here
Dear Argyll and Bute Community Councils,
You may already be aware of the various initiatives planned to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Communities and organisations across the area are getting involved in these projects and the Lord-Lieutenant of Argyll and Bute, Mrs Jane MacLeod, would be delighted to hear about any activities that your community council may be considering or planning.
Below is some information about two of the Platinum Jubilee commemoration initiatives that may be of particular interest here in Argyll and Bute.
Queen’s Green Canopy – Plant a Tree for the Jubilee
The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is encouraging people, local groups, private companies and public organisations across the whole of the UK to get involved in ‘planting a tree for the Jubilee’.
The aim is to start planting trees during the planting season, October 2021 to March 2022. From October, all planting projects can be uploaded to an interactive, nationwide QGC map. Trees planted (whether individual or as part of wider woodlands) will, together, create a sustainable legacy for future generations, marking the Queen’s 70-year reign and service, as well as contributing to tackling climate change.
You can find out more and sign up online at The Queen’s Green Canopy (queensgreencanopy.org) - please remember to let the Lieutenancy know about your plans!
Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons, Jubilee Weekend, 2nd to 5th June 2022
Some of you may well have organised commemorative beacons in previous years and will be well acquainted with the concept of a nationwide chain of beacons across the country. For the Platinum Jubilee, it is hoped that this will be a particularly popular and dramatic countrywide commemoration and for the first time there will also be beacons in each of the capital cities of the Commonwealth, joining those which will be lit in a wide range of locations across the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories.
There are different types of beacons which can be used for this exciting commemoration project and local groups and organisations are encouraged to get involved. Here too there will be an interactive list as more and more communities sign up between now and Platinum Jubilee Weekend 2022.
If you are interested in organising a Platinum Jubilee Beacon in your community, please visit Queen’s+Platinum+Jubilee+Beacons+Guide+2021+08+09.pdf (squarespace.com) in the first instance for more information and to find out how to sign up. Again, please do let the Lord-Lieutenant know if you are hosting a beacon in your local area.
We do hope that you are able to consider some kind of commemoration in your local community – both projects offer opportunities for a wide range of people and organisations to get involved and to add vibrancy to community life.
If you are aware of any other local people or organisations who may be interested, please do let us know, or feel free to pass this information to them, again with the encouragement to keep in touch with the Lord-Lieutenant about their plans.
To highlight your activity to the Lord-Lieutenant, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance – and any photographs of your endeavours are also always welcome.
With thanks for your kind attention, and best regards, On behalf of the Lord-Lieutenant of Argyll and Bute, Mrs Jane MacLeod
Over the past three years, changes in several Community Council members personal circumstances has led to enough vacancies to trigger a by-election.
In general, a person is entitled to stand for election provided he or she has achieved 16 years of age on the day of election and is a Coll resident. The person must also have his or her name in the Coll electoral register for local government elections.
Pending a definite date for the beginning of the by-election process, we would urge every eligible resident to consider standing as a Community Councillor.
• 24/09/2021 A & BC: Energy Efficiency - Grants for improvements - Link here
• 14/09/2021 CCC: Survey response to the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee of the Scottish Parliament - Link here
I am pleased to advise that the Clansman will return to Argyll waters
this week, and will resume full timetabled activities once more from
Thursday AM. This follows the successful completion of the unscheduled
dry dock visit of the MV Hebrides, which was accomplished a little
earlier than anticipated.
Until tomorrow evening, we will continue with the adjusted network plans
which have been previously published.
The temporary absence of the Clansman, even with the LOTI being
redeployed to us, has caused impact to a number of communities and
customers, and I would like to extend my apologies for this, together
with my thanks for your support. Your understanding of the situation,
and indeed to that of our ports teams who have worked continually to
minimise these impacts, is particularly appreciated.
With kind regards,
Area Operations Manager - Argyll & Lochaber
CalMac Ferries Ltd
Proposed work on outfall at Arinagour Pier
MIDDLE PIER OUTFALL EXTENSION
THIS WORK SCHEDULED TO BEGIN ON 6th SEPTEMBER, HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO A SHORTAGE OF ESSENTIAL MATERIALS.
FERRIES COMMUNITY BOARD (FCB)
Quarterly Board Meeting 3 Sept, 2021
informal notes by K MacFarlane (in attendance)
* These notes are not “official” and any mistakes are my responsibility.*
TRANSPORT SCOTLAND REPORT
Next Quarterly Board Meeting : 3rd December, 2021
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME WITH ANY ISSUES YOU WISH RAISED :
As a result of a technical issue with the MV Hebrides, the vessel is
required to move from its Hebrides operating area to dry dock, for a
period of approximately one week, from next Tuesday morning. As a
consequence, it is necessary to undertake a range of vessel
re-deployments to ensure service across the wider network, however this
will unfortunately see a range of service cancellations on outer
Hebrides routes, and they are now being published.
This programme of vessel re-deployments includes seeing a need to
temporarily relocate the MV Clansman from our Argyll operating area from
early next week, with the MV Lord of The Isles moving to an Oban
operating base from next Monday afternoon. This vessel, in conjunction
with the MV Isle of Mull, will undertake Craignure services, as well as
services to Coll, Tiree and Colonsay.
There are no service cancellations envisaged on any Argyll routes as a
result of this swap-over. Argyll timetables will remain as published. To
further minimise any impacts, actual deployment of these vessels on
these routes will be determined based on expected route demand and
bookings, and on a rolling basis. Consequently all ports will see a
combination of visits from either vessel.
With the 'LOTI and the 'Mull not possessing like-for-like lift capacity,
nor that of the 'Clansman, should any customers be affected by any
capacity issues, they will be directly contacted and offered alternative
sailings should that be required.
I will keep you posted on any key developments, including when we can
firmly anticipate the return of the 'Clansman to the Argyll area.
With kind regards,
Area Operations Manager - Argyll & Lochaber
CalMac Ferries Ltd
I'm getting in touch to make you aware of some forthcoming Scottish Water works for the Isle of Coll.
A £57,000 investment project to extend the existing outfall at Arinagour Pier is set to begin at the beginning of September (exact date
TBC) and will help improve the marine environment by taking effluent into deeper and faster flowing waters.
Corrie Construction will be carrying out the work on behalf of Scottish Water at the lowest tides in September and October (work will take place for 1 week during each month). A marine licence has been secured.
While we anticipate this project having very little impact on customers due to the location and timing of the work, there will be some localised construction traffic and noise. We will do all we can to keep any disruption to a minimum.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about this work.
Many thanks and best wishes,
Buchanan Gate Business Park,
Cumbernauld Road, Stepps,
• 21/08/2021 NHS Highland: Caution as Covid cases rise - Link here
I wonder if you would be able to help (or know someone who could)?
My name is Peter Rivers and for the last year, myself, my wife and our
five-year-old daughter, have been living on Muck. We have really loved
living here and feel we have adapted well to island life, however; our
temporary accommodation is about to come to an end and there is no
immediate possibility of long-term accommodation becoming available any
time soon. So, I was wondering what the situation is on Coll with
regards to long-term property rentals?
Do you know of anything to rent, or know anyone we could get in touch
with? Any help would be greatly appreciated as we are really keen to
stay in the Inner Hebrides if at all possible.
• 04/08/2021 Scot Gov: Development of the Islands Bond - View Scot Gov document here
Population decline is a real threat to the sustainability of many, although not all, of Scotland’s island communities. During the consultation for the National Islands Plan, depopulation was the top priority issue identified by respondents...........
Please read more in the link above
• 28/07/2021 CCC: Meeting with J Minto, MSP - Link here
• 19/07/2021 CCC: Letter to A Campbell re. Calmac ferry issues - Link here
• 09/07/2021 CCC: Minutes of Meeting with CalMac 4.7.21 - Link here
• 05/07/2021 CCC: Meeting with CALMAC - Link here
As an aside we are visiting Coll on 21st July to do some risk assessment and sampling work, so if any residents would like to discuss their water supplies or potential for grant assistance for improvements then feel free to pass on my details and we will try to arrange a visit to them if they wish.
Thanks again (ps the article got one thing wrong in that the grant is not means tested - only if the individual wishes to apply for additional monies is it means tested for the additional part)
EHO – Public Heath and Housing
Argyll and Bute Council
• 02/07/2021 Jenni Minto MSP: Visit to Coll - Link here
I hope you are well. I just wanted to let you know that Jenni is going
to be visiting Coll on the morning of Thursday 22nd July. She hopes to
hold an advice surgery, provisionally at An Cridhe, I will likely book
from 0945-1130 as we will be restricted on travelling much further as we
are returning to Oban on the 1230 ferry. We would be grateful if you can
let the community know so they can book meeting appointments with us and
we are open to any suggestions of visits near An Cridhe to discuss any
We look forward to hearing from you.
Heather Wolfe | Parliamentary Assistant to Jenni Minto MSP
M3.06, The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP
Telephone: 0131 348 5106 Mobile: 07917 512080 
• 26/06/2021 A&BC: Registration of Defibrillators - Link here
To goto the link in the image in the link, please click here:
• 26/06/2021 Scot Gov: Island Communities Fund 2021/2022 (ICF) - Link here
• 26/06/2021 Scot Gov: Register of Electors Annual Canvass - Link here
• 21/06/2021 CCC: Plans for an extension to the existing Septic Tank outfall in the village. - Link here
• 14/06/2021 Dot Surveying Ltd: The Base station works rescheduled to take place either July or August 2021 - Link here
• 09/06/2021 Calmac Community Board:: Community Board Recruitment - Link here
Community voices sought for the West Coast Ferry Board....
• 22/05/2021 Calmac Community Board: Failure of island services - Link here
TURN UP AND GO
As we commence the Summer season, and whilst social distancing continues to impact the number of passengers we can carry, we will again protect some passenger spaces on all sailings from Coll and Tiree to the mainland and vice versa. These “Turn Up and Go” spaces will not be available for advance purchase, and are aimed at aiding those who may require short notice and on-the-day travel.
We will start the season with enabling 4 such passenger spaces on every sailing, which will be released on the day of travel. This figure will be monitored and reviewed as necessary, and CalMac will be urging all travellers to book in advance, including through posts on its social media platforms.
As with last year, it would be immensely beneficial if it was possible for the message to book in advance (and indeed as early as possible) to be shared amongst the community.
• 19/04/2021 Argyll Community Lottery: TCDT Island Agents for Third Sector Interface - Link here
• 15/04/2021 Marine Scotland: Marine Licence Application- Outfall Extension - Arinagour Pier, Isle of Coll - Link here
• 26/03/2021 CCC response: Easing Covid-19 restrictions - Islands Consultation – March - Link here
• 25/03/2021 Scot. Government: CalMac Response - Link here
MULL AND COLL COMMUNITIES ENCOURAGED TO HAVE THEIR SAY:
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) Distribution is hosting an online consultation event on the planned replacement of the 11kV submarine electricity cable which runs between Mull and Coll.
As part of that development, the project team is looking to engage with local customers, communities and stakeholders to seek their views as they finalise the details and prepare the necessary applications process.
A representative from our RIIO-ED2 team will also be present to capture views on our 2023 to 2028 investment programme.
In order to gather opinions and answer any questions, the Submarine Cable team will be holding a series of four, 50-minute long, online engagement events. The sessions will be held between the following times:
TIME: 2PM TO 6PM
DATE: THURSDAY 15TH OF APRIL
Should you be interested in participating, then please register by emailing email@example.com
The replacement of Cliad Bridge on the Isle of Coll has now been re-tendered. We have awarded the contract for site works to start on Monday 22 March 2021.
We expect the public road to remain fully open to vehicles, pedestrians and other road users at all times during the works. A temporary bridge will be installed to allow vehicles to continue along the B8071. Once a programme for the works has been accepted I shall forward it to this group in a suitable format.
The Principal Contractor, D MacDougall Contractors Ltd, will carry out the works.
The key dates we currently have for this retendered scheme are:
However, these could change and we will update you if required.
There are specific engineering requirements around roads structures and the statement below provides background on how they are designed:
_The works are designed in accordance with Codes of Practice for vehicular loading; and must also comply with SEPA requirements. Extensive consultations have been undertaken to provide a Best Value engineering scheme. Best Value is achieved by considering a number of factors which include; nature of the ground, access to the island, catchment area, watercourse alignment, available materials, existing levels, temporary diversion for road users whilst complying with SEPA requirements, other stakeholder requirements, COVID legislation and current Codes of Practice._
If anyone wishes to be added to the distribution list for future Cliad Bridge updates, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org
JAMIE SALMON GMICE
Argyll and Bute Council
01546 604 429
07500 572 915
• 04/03/2021 CalMac: Summer 2021 Transition - Calmac Community Board
• 01/03/2021 CCC: CCC Response to A&BC Future of Cemeteries in Argyll and Bute - Link here
• 25/02/2021 CCC: CCC Submission to CalMac Community Board - Link here
• 15/02/2021 CCC: Response to LGBCS Consulation - Link here
• 14/02/2021 CCC: LGBCS Consultation: Survey methodology - Link here
• 05/02/2021 A & BC: Future of Cemeteries in Argyll and Bute - Consultations - Link here
Argyll and Bute Council is considering the best way to manage cemeteries in the coming years and would like to hear your views. We have identified various options and would like to find out what our communities think before developing plans for the longer term.
We would be grateful if you could give your thoughts through the consultation.
We would very much appreciate hearing from you by Friday 26 February 2021.
If you would like any further information, please contact Hugh O’Neill at hugh.o’email@example.com.
Scottish Government Short Term Lets Consultation September 2020.
Dear Mr Stewart,
Unlike the areas studied in the context of the 2019 consultation, Coll lies in a remote island location with a small population of about 170. The island has very little infrastructure, is predominantly rural and here is sparse economic activity with few job opportunities. The island is classified as a very remote rural location according to the Scottish Government eight-fold Urban Rural Classification.
In this context the purpose of The Islands (Scotland) Bill, as passed, is to ensure the impact of Scotland-wide policies and legislation is understood in relation to island communities. Coll Community Council would like to see specific evidence of this within the proposals resulting from the current consultation.
A more specific matter has been raised by our Development Trust, Development Coll, which operates a 5-star bunkhouse on the same site as the island's community hall. The question is whether or not bunkhouses and hostels should be added to the list of exclusions in the 2019 consultation paper and particularly those which feature in the Scottish Independent Hostels Guide.
It would have been better if Coll Community Council had been informed about the two consultations by the Scottish Government in a timeous fashion rather than by concerned parties as late as Thursday 8th October 2020, the deadline for the consultation being 16th October 2020. The most efficient way to communicate with us is through the Governance Office at Argyll and Bute Council.
Coll Community Council
Reply: Reply from Mr Stewart
• 13/01/2021 Coll Medical Practice: COVID-19 on Coll - latest advice - Link here
• 18/12/2020 CCC: Update on Oban and the Isles Air Services - Link here
• 18/12/2020 CCC: Update on Oban and the Isles Air Services - Link here
• 18/12/2020 CCC: Update on Oban and the Isles Air Services - Update
The replacement of Cliad Bridge on the Isle of Coll is programmed to start site works on Thursday 12th November 2020, with site works programmed to be completed by late December / early January. The public road is expected to be fully open to vehicles, pedestrians and other road users at all times during the works, with a temporary bridge being installed to allow vehicles to continue along the B8071. I attach the full Programme for the works; this, along with all dates are subject to change as the project progresses - I shall forward revised Programmes as the Contractor provides them. The Principal Contractor, Beaver Bridges, will carry out the majority of the works to replace the structure.
• 20/10/2020 Scottish Gov: Island Communities Impact Assessment (ICIA) - Link here
• 13/10/2020 Argyll & Bute Council: Budget challenge for 2021 - 2022 - Link here
• 08/10/2020 CCC: Calmac Winter relief vessel - Copy of letter from Barra MSP
• 22/09/2020 Argyll & Bute Council: General Maintenance Term Contracts – Tiree & Coll - Link here
• 15/09/2020 Argyll Live: Community Library Update - LineBooks, eAudiobooks & Borrowbox
• 13/09/2020 HM Fire Inspectorate: PROPOSED INSPECTION IN ARGYLL & BUTE - Link here
• 03/08/2020 Argyll & Bute Council: Cliad Bridge Closure - TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF TRAFFIC: ORDER 2020
• 03/07/2020 A & BC: Promoting the use of Face Masks - Promoting the use of Face Masks
• 25/06/2020 A & BC: Emotional Support - Caring for People Helpline now offers Emotional Suport
• 23/06/2020 Tiree Community Council: Letter to Michael Matheron MSP re. Ferries - Link here
• 23/06/2020 A & BC: Caring for people during the Covid-19 outbreak - Caring during Covid-19
• 22/06/2020 CCC: CalMac user Group Response - Response to CalMac June 20
• 21/06/2020 CCC: Covid-19 Island Resilience - Covid-19 - Island Resilience
• 03/03/2020 A & BC: Reference to Lockdown - Private Water Supplies
• 03/03/2020 Argyll & Bute Council: Private Water Supplies & water supplies on Coll - Link here
• 00/11/2019 Argyll & Bute Council: Introduction to Private Water Supplies - Link here