Minutes of Public Meeting April 2015
Minutes of a Public Meeting held on 14.04.15 following the AGM.
Present: Jan Brown, Bob Carss, Rory Day, Merlyn Edwards, Liz MacInally, Sandy MacKilligin, Ronnie McIlquham, Paul Smyth plus 8 members of the public.
Apologies for absence: Tim Barlow, Bruce Barton, Paul Mills, Ken Ross, Ju Randall
Jan explained that following initial interest from a number of people C3 had been in discussion with Tony Bennett and Caroline and Alan Borg regarding a plot of land at the Anchorage. Unfortunately this had fallen through, but the Borgs are very keen to support the community and are currently exploring other possibilities with Jan.
Unfortunately, other than initial expressions of interest from 4 or 5 people no one had asked C3 to explore the provision of workshops further, so it was agreed that unless pressure came from the community C3 would not pursue the project. The Company is very grateful to the Borgs for their generous support.
Liz explained that C3 was working with the Community Council on a proposal to provide interpretation boards at various points on the peninsula. These would be laminated boards giving information on the history and wildlife of the area. Each board would have a QR code. Liz had got indicative figures for providing laminated boards from a company in the Borders which were between £600 and £1,000 per board.
Mary Smyth stated that the Community Council was exploring better signs at the road end and suggested that the two projects should be combined in order to ensure cohesion of design. A new proposed Craignish website should also be considered when designing the boards.
It was felt that QR codes would currently not be of use as a minimum of a 3G signal is required to use them, however they could be included for future use.
There was a strong feeling that the boards should professionally finished and durable but also if possible they should be made locally.
Colin Davidson thought that the proposal was an excellent one but urged C3 to take it forward so that the community was not still talking about the project in a year’s time.
Tiziana Tedoldi has offered to put together a community website for the peninsula. C3 will fund the prototype. It was suggested that other community websites should be looked at for comparison and that the local telephone directory should be used as a model.
Vodaphone Sure Signal:
Paul stated that on April 23rd Vodaphone would be coming to look at 5 sites where they will put Public Open Sure signal boxes. The sites are; Ardfern Yacht Centre, Ardfern Village Store, The Galley of Lorne, Craignish Village Hall and Paul Mills’ house at Soroba. The box connects by broadband which must be at least 4MB and will support any Vodaphone ‘phone. It will not be installed at Craobh.
Merlyn reported that it is only the southern end of the peninsula that will connect to the Community Broadband project – Ardfern will be catered for by BT.
The final tenderer will be selected in the next 2 weeks with the aim of the project starting in mid-summer. Initially the contract will give a minimum of 25MB.