Date of next meeting:
16 February 2022, 19:00hrs
Register to attend online

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

05/07/2021 A&BC: Risk assessments and sampling work -

Dear Jaqui,
Thank you very much for continuing to be supportive of our Coll Private Water Supplies Working Group and thank you for your helpful email of the 18th June.
There hasn't been much movement since the last meeting as everyone is busy-all short term lets are now fully booked for the summer and the moorings for yachts are currently fully occupied each evening.
Kathie Griffiths, a senior reporter at The Oban Tims featured our predicament recently and I am pleased to attach the article and associated editorial for you to peruse.
Kind regard,


Classification: OFFICIAL

Thanks Julian,

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)

Jacqui Middleton
EHO – Public Heath and Housing
Argyll and Bute Council
PA31 8RT 

02/07/2021 Jenni Minto MSP: Visit to Coll - Link here

Good afternoon

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
local concerns.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards


Heather Wolfe | Parliamentary Assistant to Jenni Minto MSP
 M3.06, The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP
 Telephone: 0131 348 5106 Mobile: 07917 512080 [1]

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

06/05/2021 CCC: Fire on 30th April 2021 -


Coll Community Council offers heartfelt thanks to the community firefighters and their Mull colleagues who strove under such difficult circumstances for so many hours to protect lives, property, animals and land from the destruction threatened by the spread of fire in and around Arinagour.

Thanks also to the Mull Lifeboat for transporting the Mull firefighters and waiting at Coll.

The Community Council also offers sincere thanks to everyone else who helped, supporting those friends and neighbours who were put at risk by the crisis

04/05/2021 CalMac (email from CalMac): Turn Up & 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

22/03/2021 SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT ISLANDS TEAM: Easing COVID-19 restrictions - Community Survey: -

Survey Closed

22/03/2021 SSE: Invitation Mull - Coll Online Consultation Event -


Good morning,

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:



Should you be interested in participating, then please register by emailing

05/03/2021 A & BC: Cliad Bridge Replacement - Community Update [OFFICIAL] -

Dear All,

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:

  • Site Start Date: 22/03/2021
  • Site Completion Date: 22/07/2021

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

Kind Regards,
Graduate Engineer
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’

16/01/2021 : email to Kevin.Stewart.msp@parliament.sco -

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.

Yours sincerely

Julian Senior
Hon Secretary
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

12/12/2020 Argyll & Bute Council: The replacement of Cliad Bridge -

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.

Scheldule of works

03/12/2020 Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland: 2019 Review of Electoral Arrangements: Argyll and Bute, High -

30/10/2020 ALLIANCE SCOTLAND: Health & social care -

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