Issue 41/20 26 July 2014

liz stewart with the last post bus
The wheels on the bus have stopped going round

Last Saturday saw the final run of the Royal Mail post bus. Users, particularly in the Portnahaven area, will be sorry to see it go. Residents down there will miss Liz Stewart's cheerful helpfulness and assistance. It's early days yet but we will be able to report on how users find the alternative service now being╩provided by Mundell's once they have been running for a while.

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Ileach organises referendum debate

Having reported on a number of campaign meetings organised by Yes Islay, the Scottish Government, Better Together and the UK government members of╩the Ileach reporting team are aware that the audience at these meetings are mostly people who have already made up their minds about how they will be╩voting on 18 September.
We thought it would be a good idea to organise an event specifically aimed at the undecided who would like to hear sincerely held views from both sides to╩help them choose which box their crosses would fill on the day.
Glen Campbell, political pundit and native Ileach has agreed to chair a question time type debate in the Bowmore Hall on 29 August to which all Ileachs are╩warmly invited.
MSP Michael Russell who favours independence and Argyll and Bute MP Alan Reid have agreed to be panelists. We are still looking for another two╩speakers. Being firm believers in equality we are seeking two women to make up the group. We are also looking for readers to send us questions that they may like to be discussed on the evening. Send them to editor@ileach.co.uk with Debate Question╩in the subject field. We will also be happy to receive suggestions by letter.

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EMEC awarded rights to Islay seabed

The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) has been awarded rights to areas of seabed in Harris, Islay and Orkney by The Crown Estate.
The Crown Estate has awarded EMEC the rights to manage two seabed zones: one for the development of tidal stream, and the other for wave. EMEC already operates two wave test sites and two tidal test sites in Orkney, and will now begin consultations on how best to develop these new marine energy development zones.
The Crown Estate's latest wave and tidal leasing round saw developer organisations take on a total of six zones and five sites in UK waters to catalyse technology development in the emerging wave and tidal sectors.
To start the journey towards development in these areas, EMEC has signed Memoranda of Understanding with the West Harris Trust alongside Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, and the Islay Energy Trust. The respective organisations will collaborate to manage the Harris Wave Demonstration Zone and Islay Tidal Demonstration Zone in consortia acting as 'Third Party Managers' for their individual sites.
Each consortium will now progress with a comprehensive consultation process to ensure that the needs of the industry, key stakeholders and the local╩communities are fully taken into account in the future development of the sites. Consortia will then submit applications to Marine Scotland to secure permission for energy devices to be installed.
The Islay and Harris development sites will provide developers of wave and tidal energy devices additional options for demonstrating their technologies in real sea conditions. The sites will provide developers with a different set of marine characteristics, and may be used for single device testing and/or small array testing, with an overall site limit of up to 100MW.
Philip Maxwell, Chairman of Islay Energy Trust said:"Local involvement in the development of local assets is critically important for island communities. We are very keen to be at the forefront of marine renewables development and the economic opportunities it offers. The consortium approach allows us to play a key role in developing the area sympathetically, taking account of other local interests through comprehensive local consultation."


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Co-op launches home delivery service for islay shoppers

The Co-operative Food is launching in-store home delivery service for shoppers at its Bowmore store on Islay.
From Monday 28 July, customers on Islay can have shopping delivered free to their door if they spend £25 or more on groceries and everyday essentials at The Co-operative Food store in Main Street, Bowmore.
Charles Holyoake, Store Manager, said:"We're delighted to be launching the home delivery service, in response to customer requests. This facility is ideal for customers who like to visit our store to do their shopping, but who don't fancy carrying it all the way home, such as those with young children or elderly shoppers, who don't have their own transport.
"Lots of people like to go into a store and get ideas for what to make for dinner that evening. This service allows shoppers to do that, giving them the opportunity to pick up delicious food conveniently but without the stress of getting it all home."
The service will operate each day, with shoppers able to choose two-hour delivery slots. Free deliveries can be made to properties across the island. Customers spending under £25 in store will also be able to benefit from the service, for a charge of just £3.


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Islay Diary 2014

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