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March issue 2019

Fèis Mhuile 2019

This year's Fèis weekend was held in Bunessan from 8th-10th February. The event caters for all ages with Fèis Bheag for 3 to 7 year olds, children from P3 upwards being offered two choices of music lessons over the weekend and there was also an adult's singing class. Learners came along from all over the island and beyond - travelling from as far as Edinburgh this year!
The weekend started with a cracking informal Ceilidh in the Argyll Arms on Friday night. Unfortunately Iain didn't make it till the late ferry but Sileas filled his shoes until he arrived. They're very large shoes to fill - both literally and metaphorically! It was very well attended and we were very spoilt with the music from our tutors ... more in the full issue

Ferry Committee News

We recently launched our first survey to find out your views. It gives you the opportunity to raise issues we might not be aware of and to tell us what your priorities are for the ferry service. The survey is still open online, until March 15th, visit our website or if you’d rather not use the internet for this, get in touch and we’ll be able to help. We hope to run the survey regularly so that we can track changes over time helping us to provide clear feedback. We shall of course publish the results of the survey when they’re collated.
Our lobbying can be much more effective with robust consultation backing up our case, and we used some interim survey results when Robbie Drummond, Managing Director of Calmac attended our committee meeting in February... more in the full issue

Resistance Grows to Parking Charges

Islanders are not letting the matter of the proposed introduction of parking charges rest - Shiona Ruhemann, chair of Iona Community Council, wrote in early February to Cleland Sneddon (Chief Executive of Argyll and Bute Council) and Aileen Morton (Council Leader). Moray Finch (on behalf of MICT) and Adrian Stephens (for Mull Community Council) have since written to express their support of Shiona’s letter and in particular to demand an Island Communities Impact Assessment (ICIA).
However, council officers continue to maintain that an ICIA is not necessary since the law has yet to come into force. Surprisingly, in a written response to Adrian Stephens, Pippa Milne, director of Development and Infrastructure, claimed that the council carries out impact assessments as a matter of course with any policy proposal. Adrian requested proof of any assessments done in this case, but did not receive any response, and has now made a formal request under Freedom of Information legislation. Adrian would like to hear from anyone who was approached by A&BC for feedback on parking charges: ... more in the full issue

GP Practice to be Advertised

As reported previously in Round & About, the 'all-island' GP practice is to be put out for tender as a business opportunity, in fact by the time you read this there should be an ad on the BMJ (formerly British Medical Journal) website.
A Health & Social Care Partnership (HSCP) spokesman said "We would like to thank the community representatives who have worked with us in putting together the advert especially in relation to marketing Mull as an attractive place to live and work. All the preparatory work has now been completed and the advert for the Integrated Single Island Practice will be published in the appropriate medical journals this week and we will be promoting this widely through social media as well."... more in the full issue