Freight crisis threatens island economy – charges set to double

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The two main freight companies providing lifeline services to Colonsay are warning of massive price rises to cope with a Calmac crackdown on overloading.

They say freight rates will have to be hiked by at least 50% from July 1 – but warn worse is to come.

Stewart MacLennan of MacLennan Motors of Tiree said: “This is going to have a massive impact and there is no easy solution.”

Oban based haulier Derek Wilson warned: “This could tear the heart out of small ...

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Land sale talks continue as parties fail to agree

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Scottish environment minister Paul Wheelhouse says he’s “sorry” island laird Alex Howard and the community development company have been unable to reach a deal yet to buy estate owned land for affordable housing.

Its understood the laird is refusing to accept the District Valuers appraisal of the land earmarked for four affordable homes and is demanding a higher price.

Community development company convener Gavin Clark said he was unable to comment on the state of the negotiations with Alex, but revealed they ...

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Scottish Water start investigation into low pressure claims

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Fears that low water pressure is endangering island residents are being investigated by Scottish Water.
The island community council asked for an urgent examination of the supply system following a devastating fire last year and other problems with the supply that have led to taps running extremely slow.
Community council convener Sheena Nisbet said: “There is a long history of water supply problems on the island – especially in the summer months when we welcome so many visitors.
“We are ...

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Community council boost as new volunteers come forward

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Two new recruits joined the community council at it’s annual meeting recently.

Island laird Alex Howard and resident William Joll were co-opted onto the council to join existing members Sheena Nisbet, Margaret Keirnan, Kevin Byrne and David Hobhouse.

Transport problems and freight charges were highlighted during the meeting with concerns about the state of the island roads and poor flight connections onward from the Colonsay Islay route.

The council is to contact the roads authority and Transport Scotland.

Community councilors also agreed to tackle ...

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Tea and cakes keep the community garden looking a treat

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Garden volunteers organised a fund raising “Big Tea” to ensure the future of the community venture- and netted over £800 in an afternoon.

The garden, in front of the village hall, has been admired by visitors and locals alike since it’s official opening last year.
Garden committee member Moira Bell takes up the story: “We obviously need some funds to keep the garden going and so the idea of the “Big Tea” came about.
“The afternoon was beautiful, which helped a ...

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Baton honor as Jim carries the torch for Colonsay

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Island resident Jim McLoughlin was honored in the Queen’s Baton relay as he carried the Commonwealth symbol through part of Argyll.
Jim had been put forward because of his 30 years of volunteering as a coach at Queen’s Park Amateur Athletics Club in Glasgow and more recently for his voluntary work in Kilchattan Primary School where he teaches the youngsters in PE.

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Colonsay’s own “Commonwealth Games” – tomorrow, August 2

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Colonsay’s set to celebrate the Commonwealth Games tomorrow (Saturday August 2) with an afternoon and evening of fun.

Sports for children and adults alike are to commence at Machrins at 1pm and in the evening there is a ceilidh and buffet featuring foods from round the Commonwealth.

All the events are free thanks to funding from the Big Lottery designed to help communities celebrate the outstanding success of the Glasgow Games.
The organisers, island LDO’s Grace MacPhee and Hannah MacAllister, are asking ...

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Laird makes new offer to help cut the cost of importing gravel

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Alex Howard’s offering to help ease the island gravel crisis sparked by the council ordering him to stop selling stones off the shore.

Argyll and Bute Council ordered a halt to shore gravel extraction following a complaint that it was doing drastic environmental damage to some of the island’s iconic beaches.
Alex told the Corncrake: “As there is increased demand for gravel with new builds and renovations being undertaken all over the island, the natural stock on the island has dwindled ...

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Bhoy oh Bhoy – what a haircut for Angus

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Island friends of the late Davie Sutherland set out to make this year’s “poppy ceilidh” the best yet – and raised a record amount for the Earl Haig Fund.

Highlight of the evening was the appearance of Rangers mad Angus MacPhee proudly wearing a Celtic shirt with his flowing locks and beard dyed green.

This selfless act of short lived support for the team Angus does not always whish well for was the culmination of weeks of gathering sponsorship money to make ...

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News from the development office

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Each month Island LDO’s Grace MacPhee and Hannah MacAllister give us the news from the volunteer led Colonsay Community Development Company:

 

There have been lots of exciting things happening in the development office this month. Firstly we have been awarded funding from ‘Celebrate 2014’ the lottery fund set up to celebrate the commonwealth games. We have been busy planning a fun filled day of sports, dancing and delicious food. The events kick off at 1pm at Machrins with an array of ...

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Nature Notes – From The RSPB

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At the beginning of the month we did a survey of common seals on the Strand and counted 40 adults and over 25 pups. On the strand it is also possible to see migrating species like green shank and curlew which have been spotted passing through.
The arctic terns have successfully bred on Eilean Ghaoideamal and raised a minimum of 31 juveniles. The day these youngsters were surveyed, two swifts were also spotted off the island. A young whooper swan ...

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Sports news – Rugby fesitval success – despite the rain

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The third Colonsay Rugby festival has been hailed an outstanding success with a record number of teams enjoying a packed weekend of sport that saw Oban RFC crowned champions – again.

The festival is the brainchild of the Middleton family who continue as the main organisers and “doers”

Commentator Rupert Middleton said: “It was wonderful to see so many people having a great weekend on a beautiful island – and there was some really good rugby too.”

Julia Middleton said: “A huge number ...

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First Person

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Each month the Corncrake invites someone with Colonsay connections to give us an insight into who they are and why they’re here.
This month it’s community nurse Michelle Cameron

How long have you lived on Colonsay?

I have been on Colonsay for 9 months

What brought you here in the first place?

An exciting job opportunity brought me to Colonsay

Why have you stayed here?

I’ve not had time to go yet!

Colonsay is regarded by many of its residents and visitors as a very special place. ...

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