It is still in progress. …

Comment posted £6million for next generation community buy outs – ‘Britain’s new radicals’ by newsroom.

It is still in progress.

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  • Thanks, Scott, That rings a bell.
  • Thank you for the correction. Was there a filling station that had been part of the businsss that was bought by the community?
  • Talk to Tayvallich quickly – and contact Community Land Scotland at once.
    Depending on when the auction is, you may be able to register an interest in time to halt that process.
  • Thanks for the Dick Gaughan link – new to me but an intriguingly different version from the Billy Bragg one which is the first and only version I’d previously heard.
    Lynda

Recent comments by newsroom

  • MV Loch Seaforth for Stornoway-Ullapool: a tale of public sector ‘management’
    This is what we thought would be the case.
    The correction was not aggressive but concerned that blurring the very real distinctions between these companies and their respective responsibilities [which 'CMAL/CalMac' unintentionally does do] perpetuates a problem in the public understanding of an issue which is going to be very important for the west coast and islands over the following 14 months.
  • MV Loch Seaforth for Stornoway-Ullapool: a tale of public sector ‘management’
    On a point of information: you cannot refer to ‘CMAL/CalMac’ or ‘CMAL’CalMac boards’. The companies are not associated other than as supplier and client; and as being the property of the Scottish Government of the day..
    CMAL is an incorporated, supposedly ‘arms-length’, state owned company. It is a standalone, with no affiliated corporate junion or senior companies.
    Caledonian MacBrayne is an incorporated, supposedly ‘arms-length’, state owned company – but is one of the state owned David MacBrayne Limited group of companies.
    NorthLink Ferries used to be a member of this group, also as a supposedly ‘arms-length’ state owned company, until the Northern Isles Ferry Services contract was awarded instead to Serco, at which point the NorthLink brand stayed with the service and the company itself went out of existence.
    Argyll Ferries, a subsidiary company of Caledonian MacBrayne and part of the David MacBrayne Limited group, is also a supposedly ‘arms-length’ state owned company.
    CMAL and CalMac are therefore both owned by the Scottish Government [as 'Scottish Ministers'] but there is no corporate realtionship between them. They are not sister companies. Their Boards are zeparately appointed.
    There is no great affinity between them either, with a key incident in the recent past being a cause of it. This is a matter which we disclosed a couple of years ago having learned of it from sources in Northern Irealand; and is something which we will revisit.
    The last paragraph of your comment below is tripping on the same confusion:
    ‘However, not only did CMAL/Calmac emasculate the last tender, but they also ensured that the winner of the current tender was obligated to a continuum, by taking on CMaL’s vessels, and their associated costs.’
    The Scottish Government through Transport Scotland, is the procuring agency and therefore manages the tender process, not either CMAL or CalMac.
    To date, CMAL has not had to compete to supply ships to the operator of the Clyde and Hebridean Ferry Services [CHFS]. The tender has required the successful bidder to take the entire CMAL fleet. This prescription is the responsibility of CMAL’s owner and the end owner of the vessels, the Scottish Government – and protects its investment.
    On the other hand, CalMac has to compete with other bidders to operate the Clyde and Hebridean services.
    It has seen the Scottish Government bin its sister company, NorthLink Ferries and hand the Northern Isles ferry services – and their brand – to the now disgraced privateer, Serco,
    CalMac will know the score.
    Like NorthLink Ferries, CalMac is an operator. As with NorthLink, if CalMac were to lose the CHFS contract, certain types of jobs would be lost. The Scottish Government appears to prefer to protect its investment in the ships than its investment in some types of jobs and in the protection which its status as a government offers other types pf jobs.
  • Ascot to Scottish Tourism Week: Argyll and the Isles Tourism Cooperative
    There is an issue here. we were unable to see the logic of the Ascot presence and our questions on the strategy involved went unanaswered.
    We have been – and remain – concerned by a loss of concentrated strategic focus that appears to have stricken AITC, ironically since it was granted council and HIE funding.
    The flair’s not there and any hard or soft edged marketing needs flair – the one indispensable.
    We think back to a seminal period which has not been taken into the development drive whose promise it exuded – the Tourism Summit at Portavadie.
    That was packed with commitment, ideas, initiatives, energy, hope and fun.
    Kintyre Express came in from the sea in tribute to the location. Brian Keating was pushing issues like air PSOs. The Scottish RYA was putting a hard edged business case for leisure sailing facilities and stepping stones of marinas through Argyll waters….
    There was hope – there was a shedload of buy-in from the industry, there was static electricity everywhere.
    At this stage we felt AITC was taking off and towing Argyll upwards behind it. The council was starting to loosen its stays and feel imaginative. We were on the way. Everyone was on board.
    Now somehow, for whatever reason, the heart, lungs and mind don’t seem to be there.
    We continue to hope but we need to be convinced.
  • Ascot to Scottish Tourism Week: Argyll and the Isles Tourism Cooperative
    That is a serious issue.
    Public money is always at a discount in the public sector.
  • Conservatives suggest new network of recovery centres to treat drunks outwith overpressed A&E
    The SNP Scottish Government’s plan for minimum pricing of alcohol was strategic, brave and rated as a serious contributor to the address to the issue you correctly identify.
    It is a major loss that this plan was deliberately derailed – largely by the immensely well funded lobbying power of drinks giant, Diageo, whose profits are swollen by the misery of the vulnerable whom they exploit.
    They fronted their campaign on the visceral romance of Scotch whisky – which was already beyond the minimum price that was planned and would have remained unaffected.
    What they really wanted to protect was the profit margin on their cheap alcopops and vodka – the major stepping stones in developing a drink habit in teenagers and thereby protecting profits well ibto the future.
    Diageo too played a major part in taking down the later attempt by the UK government to introduce the same ‘measure’.

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13 Responses to It is still in progress. …

  1. Being originally from Campbeltown, I am glad that the Gigha folk were able to buy their island, and the aerodrome at Machrihanish was bought. But, my question is, why should I as a tax payer, and all other tax payers have to support them and give handouts? Would it not be fairer to arrange reduced fees and interest from the state owned banks instead of public money (remember the government has no money, it is ours) I would like help to pay for my home, which the nasty bank actually owns till my mortgage is paid off, but there doesn’t seem to be a queue of politicians coughing up cash for that.

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  2. I much prefer Dick Gaughan’s version of from his, in my view wonderful, album ‘Handful of Earth’.
    http://www.dickgaughan.co.uk/discography/dsc-hoe.html

    Also, I would just point out that large estates can receive enormous sums from the public purse under a variety of ‘schemes’ which contributes to their survival in their present form. So it could be seen that this contribution from the public purse is a small ‘balancing’ measure.

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    • Thanks for the Dick Gaughan link – new to me but an intriguingly different version from the Billy Bragg one which is the first and only version I’d previously heard.
      Lynda

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    • Talk to Tayvallich quickly – and contact Community Land Scotland at once.
      Depending on when the auction is, you may be able to register an interest in time to halt that process.

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      • Generally good news here, but do be aware that the Tayvallich scheme does not include a filling station.

        Your own post refers:

        Tayvallich community now own village business
        Posted on November 7, 2008

        Good luck to Tarbert.

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      • It looks like the auction is on 20th March. I am trying to contact the Tarbert community council to see if there is any appetite for this locally. I am also interested to know whether a similar option is available for another local landmark that has been closed and is in danger of falling into disrepair – The Columba Hotel.

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