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Carradale Antler - 185 - February 2008 - E-mail Edition

Carradale Antler - 185 - February 2008 - E-mail Edition

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Issue 185 - February 2008 - e-mail edition
CONTENTS - USE EDIT / FIND ON YOUR TOOLBAR TO READ ARTICLES LISTED BELOW
SOMETHING’S IN THE WIND - OTTERLY BRILLIANT - MAJOR ROAD MAINTENANCE WORKS A83INVERARAY - POWER CONCORDAT - NATIONAL WOODLAND SURVEY MOVES TO ARGYLL & BUTEFather Webb and the Customs Records - VISA & MASTER CARD SCAM - MAY AFTERMATH - EKCCMEETING - SOUTH KINTYRE SENIORS FORUM - CARRADALE SURGERY SURVEY REPORT 2007 -SOUP & SANDWICHES - £450 - KINTYRE INITIATIVE WORKING GROUP - BRACKLEY PROBLEMS - ABELATED REPLY - IAN MEFFAN - WIND-FARM AT COUR ? - POWER OF ATTORNEY - HOUSINGOVERVIEW - PLANNING APPLICATIONS - SERVICE RECOGNITION - MRS EVELYN MACDONALD,M.B.E. - SOUTH KINTYRE SENIORS FORUM - HARBOURING - A HEALTHY PURSUIT ? - MAYAFTERMATH - GROGPORT RAINFALL - CHRISTMAS QUIZ - COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING -HEALTH, AGE AND DISABILITY ISSUES - PENSIONERS GIFTS - NEW DOME DISCOVERED -DUMPING AT CARRADALE HARBOUR - POST OFFICE CLOSURES - POST OFFICE CONSULTATIONOUTCOME : JAN 2008 - HOUSING OVERVIEW - CAMPBELTOWN LOCH DEVELOPMENTS -ARDCHATTAN WIND-FARM, SOUTHEND
SOMETHING’S IN THE WIND
‘Airtricity’ is proposing to apply for permission to build a wind-farm at Beinn Bhreac, near Cour, encompassing between 13 and 60 turbineswith a hub height of 70m, a blade diameter of 84m and 112m to blade tip. The company has been invited to outline their plans at the EastKintyre Community Council meeting on Thursday 7th February 2008. Turbines might be brought ashore at Cour or at Campbeltown,completing their journey by crossing the B842 or using the A83 before turning east and using existing forestry tracks. If built 13 turbineswould produce 29.9MW or 60 would give 138MW. In the last half of 2007 proposals by Kilchattan Wind Farm Limited were given an ‘airingthrough a joint venture with ‘Wind Prospect’ and ‘Ridge Wind’; details of the scheme are on page 16.
OTTERLY BRILLIANT
There have long been concerns about finding a replacement for the legendary de Havilland Twin Otter aircraft which long servedCampbeltown, Islay and Barra and within the last few weeks has come the welcome news that Vancouver-based Viking Air, whichacquired the type certificate and production rights to the Twin Otter from Bombardier Aerospace in early 2006, is now going to beginproduction of a new 19-seat Series 400 Twin Otter which will be ready for delivery sometime in 2009, it likely to sell for around £1.6 m attoday's exchange rates.Incorporated in 1970, Viking Air, part of Westerkirk Capital Inc., a Canadian private investment firm with substantial holdings in thehospitality, aviation and real estate sectors, owns the Type Certificates for the de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk, DHC-2 Beaver,DHC-2T Turbo Beaver, DHC-3 Otter, DHC-4, Caribou, DHC-5 Buffalo, DHC-6 Twin Otter and DHC-7 DASH 7 and has been providing allproduct support functions for these aircraft since May 2005 and a Canadian federal government Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative(SADI) program, which will be administered by Industry Canada, could provide further repayable financial assistance for research anddevelopment to update the Twin Otter design for operation in the 21st century.Viking has also had positive discussions with Export Development Canada (EDC), a federal government crown corporation which canprovide a number of financial services for purchasers of new Twin Otters and Viking Air has selected the interestingly named Loch ArdOtters LLC, an aircraft leasing company based in Palm Beach, Florida and owned and managed by a team with extensive experience intransportation asset financing and leasing, as their preferred partner to lease and sell the new plane.Independent market studies by Conklin & deDecker reflect a ten-year demand for over 400 new aircraft.More than 600 of the 844 de Havilland Twin Otters built between 1965 and 1988 remain in active service today and are flown by suchdiverse operators as commuter airlines, Antarctic and desert expeditions, inter-island and coastal taxis, para-droppers, airborne researchfirms and corporate transportation departments.
 
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The British Antarctic Survey operates four Twin Otters and, in a typical season, the planes will arrive in the Antarctic in late October anddepart in early March after having flown around 1,300 hours in the Antarctic supporting some fifteen field projects and, in 2001, the TwinOtter was chosen as the only aircraft capable of performing a South Pole evacuation flight of a critical patient under extreme -60°Cconditions.One of the first orders, for five aircraft, was received from Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA). The airline currently operates 16 Twin Ottersbuilt by the original manufacturer, de Havilland Canada, as seaplanes and intends to expand throughout the Maldives as tourism will coverthe whole 850 kms long archipelago.TMA's managing director, Bram Steller, believes that the new Series 400 Twin Otters will allow his company to grow significantly. “Findinglight, well maintained airplanes is next to impossible and often requires major refurbishing or rebuilding,” he said. “Our current fleet is well-maintained but will benefit from the addition of new aircraft. The Twin Otter Series 400 will be perfect for our routes with more payload andmore range. An additional benefit will be the standardization since all current Twin Otters on the market have all been modified out-of-standardization."Other orders have come from Air Seychelles for two airplanes, Air Moorea for two and Zimex Aviation of Switzerland for one, these threeairlines currently operating more than 25 ‘heritage’ Twin Otters.Swiss-based Zimex, whose 12 existing Twin Otters form the backbone of its current fleet, have been operating for 30 years providingreliable, worldwide aircraft support to international organizations and the oil industry in desert and remote areas.The new aircraft, on wheels, with a standard 19-seat commuter interior and basic instrumentation, will sell for around £1.6 m at today'slevel of exchange rates and will be offered with floats or fully amphibious or ski landing gear as customer needs demand.The new Series 400 aircraft, based on the original design of the 19-seat de Havilland Canada Series 300, will have their major componentsbuilt in Victoria with aircraft assembly and customer delivery in Calgary, Alberta. It will incorporate a number of improvements based ontoday’s available technologies. The original Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27 engines will be replaced by higher output PT6A-34 engines,flat-rated for better performance in all flight regimes and PT6A-35 engines and four blade propellers will be offered as optional extras.The new Twin Otter, a high winged, un-pressurized, twin engine turbine powered aircraft, will be a highly maneuverable, versatile aircraftwhich can be flown safely at various speeds from 80 to 160 knots.Although it is only in recent time that Loch Lomond Seaplanes has introduced 6 and 10-seat float-plane aircraft to the skies and waters ofthe west coast, in the 1930’s
‘British Amphibious Airlines’ 
, founded in 1932, used two Saunders-Roe
‘Cutty Sark’ 
amphibious aircraft to flyfrom Renfrew to Greenock and Rothesay and
‘British Flying Boats Ltd.’ 
, for a week in August 1932, operated their Saunders-Roe
‘Cloud’ 
,named ‘
Cloud of Iona’ 
, between Greenock and Belfast and it requires little imagination now, with the prospect of the new 19-seat Series400 Twin Otters on the way, to suggest that it might not be long before someone takes the lead and introduces a 'rail-head' service linkingGlasgow and all the islands with Campbeltown, Oban, Fort William, Mallaig, Kyle of Lochalsh and inverness and with the far-flung and tillnow relatively isolated coastal villages of Ullapool, Gairloch and Lochinver which, in days of old, were serviced by the old MacBraynesteamers, an 'otterly brilliant' service for tourists and locals alike.Donald Kelly.
MAJOR ROAD MAINTENANCE WORKS A83 INVERARAY
WORK STARTS – THURSDAY 29
TH
NOVEMBER 2007
A major road maintenance contract for the A83 through Inveraray will be delivered through a £2.26M investment funded by TransportScotland and designed and managed on their behalf by Scotland TranServ.The maintenance work which will be carried out under a 25 week contract will commence on 29
th
November 2007.The improvement work involves the full reconstruction of 1.5km of carriageway and most of the adjacent footways, from a point just south ofthe Aray Bridge through the town centre to a point 700m south of the Church. Improved drainage and street lighting forms part of thecontract.The works will be phased to minimise disruption to the local community and the travelling public. In addition following extensive localconsultation no work will be carried out over the Christmas, New Year and Easter holiday periods during which time the traffic managementwill be removed from the Trunk Road.Given the extent and nature of these works through the town centre there has been close liaison with the Community Council, LocalAuthority and representatives of shopkeepers and residents during the planning stage.For safely reasons the work will be regulated by traffic management and the use of temporary traffic lights. During the phases which involvefootpath renewal pedestrians movements will be regulated although access to local shops will be maintained.Local businesses are aware that by contacting the onsite management team goods deliveries and uplifts will be maintained.
 
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Although some disruption to traffic can be expected during the works every effort will be made to minimise this. All traffic managementmeasures are in place for the safety of residents, motorists and the workforce alike.Transport Scotland and Scotland TranServ would like to thank the public and motorists in advance for their cooperation and understandingduring the planned improvement works. We look forward to delivering a new and much improved road and footpath surface which will bewell served with improved drainage and street lighting.
POWER CONCORDAT
A concordat between Argyll and Bute Council and ScottishPower Renewables, was signed today (Friday 30th November) at the Here WeAre Centre in Cairndow. The aim of the agreement is to get maximum benefit from renewable energy for communities throughout Argyll andBute. Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism, Jim Mather MSP, joined representatives from Argyll and Bute Council and ScottishPowerRenewables to launch the concordat, marking continued collaboration in the responsible harvesting and development of renewable energy.The Council’s spokesperson for Economy, Environment and Rural Affairs, Councillor Robert Macintyre, said: "This is a very special day forArgyll and Bute. We recognise the importance of harnessing and managing in a sustainable way, our renewable resources to offset many ofthe problems faced by our remote and fragile areas. The Council has been extremely forward thinking in the development of renewables,with the area already producing energy from a range of sources including wind, hydro and biomass. Argyll and Bute also has many marineenergy sources, both wave and tidal, and it is essential that the entire area benefits from the significant economic, social and environmentalrewards which harnessing this energy has to offer. Key to ensuring that these benefits are maximised locally is the work of the Argyll,Lomond and the Islands Energy Agency (ALIenergy) which works with communities, householders, businesses and the public sector, topromote energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy. This new concordat will mark our continued commitment to comprehensiveassessment of the potential for marine renewable energy in the area."Keith Anderson, Director of ScottishPower Renewables, said: “Argyll and Bute Council has been extremely proactive with the responsibledevelopment of renewables in their area and we look forward to working with them in exploring marine renewable technology for the benefitof all parties.” ScottishPower Renewables has been at the forefront of renewable development in Argyll and Bute, with pioneering projects atBeinn an Tuirc and Cruach Mhor. The company, through funding support direct to ALIenergy has also employed an Energy EducationOfficer since 2004, specifically to work with communities on energy saving and renewables projects and initiatives.Jim Mather MSP for Argyll and Bute said: "What a way to celebrate St Andrew’s Day. This is an innovative and much welcome partnershipthat will see Argyll and Bute play a leading role in developing marine renewable technology. I look forward to seeing real progress andwelcome the continued commitment of ScottishPower Renewables to supporting community initiatives and energy education. This is a greatexample that many other areas could learn from as it will create jobs and it promises to grow the local economy and local living standards."• The first concordat between Argyll and Bute Council and Scottish Power Renewables was signed at Cruachan Power Station, Argyll, inJune 2004.• ScottishPower Renewables with Iberdrola generates 500MW of energy in Argyll and Bute. 60MW of wind energy at their Cruach Mhor andBeinn an Tuirc windfarms and 440 MW hydro energy at the Cruachan Power Station, a highly popular tourist attraction in Argyll and Bute.
Issued by Aileen Maclennan on 30/11/2007 13:24:02 
NATIONAL WOODLAND SURVEY MOVES TO ARGYLL & BUTE
Woods and forests in part of Argyll & Bute will be the next to be surveyed in the most comprehensive study of Scotland's native woods and forestsever to be undertaken. The study - the Native Woodland Survey of Scotland (NWSS) - is a six year project being carried out by Forestry CommissionScotland and Forest Research. Findings from the project will form a database of information about Scotland's native woodlands and will include keyinformation such as; how much native woodland Scotland has; what types of native woodland they are; what condition they are in; and where theyare.The Argyll & Bute survey will begin in December and over the next year will cover Gigha and Kintyre south of PortachoillanA survey team, from Forest Research, will be scouring brae, field and village to discover exactly how much native woodland there is in the identifiedarea. The team will only be looking at areas of woodland that are greater than 0.5 hectares in size and will be using state-of-the-art technology torecord information. They will be clearly identifiable and landowners are encouraged to enable access to their land to assist them during theirinvestigations.Heading up the pioneering project is Dr Zoé Laird who said; “The survey team has recently completed similar data collection in other parts of thecountry and while it is too early to say what the results have revealed, it is feasible that we might find alder, ash, rowan, birch and aspen. I amdelighted that the team has received positive support from local landowners while conducting their research. The main reason for this part of Argyll &Bute being the next area covered in the survey is that we have successfully mapped this area using aerial photography. We need this to help us mapwoodland areas on the land. The research team relies on these maps for implementing their data gathering activity. The latest technology is beingused both to create the maps as well as record information on the ground. Protecting and expanding our native woodlands is important to Scotland,not just because of its nature conservation and heritage value, but for sound economic reasons as well. The data we collect will, for example, be avaluable source of information for woodland owners and managers helping them plan future management of their woods."The (NWSS) began in November 2006.
Notes
2) The NWSS will help Forestry Commission Scotland meet its commitments to the UK Biodiversity Action Plan and report and deliver progress

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