The new Access and Conservation on Tiree is Alison Spence.
Part of Alison's remit is to identify suitable overnight camping sites around the island to cope with the increase in campers and camper vans. She is interested in hearing from anyone who could potentially be interested in offering this service. Small areas for use by 5 or 6 campervans require minimum set up and are easier to establish than may first be thought. Alison can provide information to anyone interested.
Alison would like to hear your views on a Voluntary Permit System aimed at everyone using the parking and access points around the island. A nominal monitory contribution would be implemented for the upkeep of existing sites but also to provide new sites where needed. Providing designated parking and access would help prevent the further development and erosion of the many tracks across the Tiree machair. Alison is also looking for your idea for the issuing of such permits are to make them available at local shops and businesses, public facilities and to add an optional fixed sum to accommodation fees.
Your views are also welcomed on the current public facilities available on the island. At present the only public toilets are in Scarinish. Alison will be working with Frances Woodhead, the local power down officer, on the possibility of providing further facilities such as composting toilets at other sites across the island.
You can email me Alison at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call to see her at the Rural Centre on Monday, Wednesday and Friday 1.30 – 3.30pm Tel:220677 and at other times on 07765449487. She looks forward to hearing your views on these points or any other issues of access and conservation on the island.