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July issue 2015

2015 Mull Cyclosportive

Sunday June 8th
I’m sure some of you will be wondering what all the big yellow “Caution Cyclists” signs were about on the 6th/7th June. Well on Sunday 8th June 128 riders of all abilities took to riding round Mull. This is a Cyclosportive where riders enter an event that is signposted and has first aid and support vehicles, water and food stops along the way and goodie bags for all the entrants... more in the full issue

Photo courtesy of Brian Swinbanks

Garmony Hits the Grid!

Mission accomplished! Community energy company Green Energy Mull (GEM) is delighted to announce that the Hydro plant at Garmony was commissioned in early June and is now busily generating electricity. The constant rain over the weekend of 6th/7th June meant the turbine was straight away exporting to the national grid at its full capacity of 400kW per hour. As Moray Finch, General Manager of Mull & Iona Community Trust (MICT) and a director of GEM, points out ‘With hydroelectric power, every cloud really does have a silver lining!’... more in the full issue

Photo shows MICT directors visiting the site along with Moray Finch

RET is coming!

As most folk in Mull & Iona will be aware, RET (The Scottish Government’s ‘Road Equivalent Tariff’) is due to be introduced on our local ferries as of the winter timetable, that is in late October 2015. What you may not know is that a working group of islanders has been set up to liaise with the various bodies involved – this group held drop-ins all over Mull & Iona during June in order to gather information about the community’s concerns, and they have also put together a sheet of ‘FAQ’s giving the answers to some of most common questions about how it will work.
“This group came out of a Mull Community Council initiative” says Neal Goldsmith of the Isle of Mull Hotel. “I was asked last year by then chairman Mike Shilson to put together a group representative of the community, and we have people on board from all over Mull and representing all walks of life. We then contacted Transport Scotland, CMAL, CalMac and Argyll & Bute Council, all of whom have sent key people to meet regularly with us.”... more in the full issue