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February issue 2019

New Year Shinty

This year's traditional New Year's Day shinty match on Ardalanish Beach by Bunessan was a great success, aided by the wonderful winter sunshine. Team captains were David Francis of Bunessan and Rutger Emmelkamp of Knockvologan, and in true New Year style there was no way of distinguishing between the teams, and several balls were in play simultaneously, resulting in much hilarity and excitement.
The score at half time was 4-3 (or was it?) but the traditional draw was finally achieved at 6 all. Those with extra energy to burn off, or who hadn't grasped this tradition, continued after the finish with a 'sudden death' play-off, the result of which we are not at liberty to reveal ... more in the full issue


Saga of Craignure Pier

By Moira Kerr
Concerned islanders claim a transport crisis is looming on Mull and Iona due to a lack of action to repair a council owned pier. As visitor numbers soar Craignure Pier, where locals and visitors heading for both islands disembark, is not fit for purpose. And if the structure isn't extended CalMac's plans to put a desperately needed second large ferry on the route in the summer of 2020 will be scuppered.
Argyll and Bute Council receives £1.4million a year in pier dues and critics say it has known about the need for repairs for six years.
A 40% increase in the route's traffic, as a result of the introduction of Road Equivalent Tariff (RET) in 2015, increased the need for a larger vessel to supplement the Isle of Mull ferry.
A recent Scottish Transport Analysis Guide (STAG) appraisal stated that the north and south berths at the pier were too short for larger ferries. The report added: "Much of the infrastructure was designed for smaller vehicles and is approaching life expiry. Fendering varies from fair to poor condition."
Now the council stands accused of failing to invest in vital transport needs and community groups have joined forces to write a letter of protest to the council's chief executive and leader' ... more in the full issue

Moira Kerr is a freelance journalist based in Oban covering Argyll and the Isles and can be contacted at: moira.kerr3@btinternet.com


Exciting news for Tobermory Harbour for 2019!

The THA have been working hard over the past few years to secure funding for our PHASE6 project. The project is very diverse and as such we have found great difficulty matching the project to specific funding criteria, even after amending the plans and approaches several times to bring the cost down from £7.5m to £2.6m. However, we have now managed to secure grant funding of over £400,000 for a stand-alone project, which we are calling PHASE6.1.
PHASE6.1 will add deep water, all tidal berthing, using heavy duty attenuator pontoons added to the existing Harbour infrastructure. This will provide safe crew access and safe all tidal berthing for Fishing and Aquaculture boats in Tobermory Harbour. This 80-metre attenuator will extend out from the PLP (passenger landing pontoon, installed in 2017) connected via a small bridge. We are very excited to be able to deliver this project. The benefits of this project are huge, it doesn’t just provide much needed deep-water berthing for larger vessels, it will also provide protection to the existing pontoons, which we hope will extend the sailing season for our visitors, this in turn will provide benefit to the businesses in Tobermory... more in the full issue