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Old 12 October 2017, 11:29   #1
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Easdale RIB Rendezvous 2018 - the official update

Easdale RIB Rendezvous 2018 – an update.

At the end of last year’s ERR Team Seafari did announce the future of the event was uncertain . At present (12th October) this continues to be the case.
Issue 1 – now resolved – An individual complained to Eilean Eisdeal, the community charity that owns Easdale Harbour claiming it was unsafe and demanding a full appraisal by qualified marine consultants. At a public meeting the community disagreed with the complainant who then took matters in his own hands registering his complaint with an Argyll & Bute Councillor, Marine Scotland, The Maritime and Coastguard Agency and The Health and Safety Executive. For the latter 3 agencies the complainant gained the support of Mike Russell the area's MSP. Extensive investigations by each agency followed. Eilean Eisdeal is pleased to report that no agency raised any significant issue. The complainants allegations were unjustified. The final report will be published shortly within the community.

Issue 2 - Hands up on this one, Seafari has caused Issue 2. After extensive negotiations Seafari recently purchased the buildings and site known as Highland Arts.(the campsite,shop, car park etc. Local politics occur everywhere. Our insurers are requesting the whole site be fenced off as a construction site to prevent public access. Many will be aware of Seafari's issues with its new petrol storage facility. Highland Arts hasn’t had a campsite licence for the last 20 years. No complaints, no issues. We believe the moment someone puts up a tent or stays in a motorhome within the grounds we will be reported to the authorities. Seafari is currently in contact with Argyll & Bute Council and our insurers to see if and how matters can be addressed as part of a management plan. If the Highland Arts Car Park closes there will be increased pressure at the back car park. Argyll & Bute Roads may, following representation, be reluctant to give permission for the parking of trailers. This is an exciting business development for Seafari but we do not believe we will see any major development occur until March 2020.

There is no issue with respect to using Easdale’s Harbour. Self catering accommodation providers and the pubs welcome ERR. Team Seafari are always on site. 2018 is Colonsay and Oronsay. Will we ever get there in sunshine? What is important is the infrastructure which supports the event must be in place prior to Seafari organising an open public event. With the tourist boat season 2017 drawing to a close paperwork and meetings take over. Team Seafari will post an update late December/early January 2018

Please do remember you are most welcome at Easdale at any time. Many may just come to Easdale for the weekend of 5 & 6 May 2018 anyway. Seafari will be out on the water. It may just be we cannot have an ‘official ERR’ Everyone for themselves type event.

I hope you accept and understand our predicament

Tony
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Old 12 October 2017, 11:50   #2
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Thanks for the update Tony I hope it all gets resolved and to the good for the area.

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I hope you managed to take possession of an empty shop! A hazardous waste license wouldn't look at it...

Well done, BTW - it's a cracking location and it wasn't doing the locality any favours the way it was/is.
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Well done on your development Tony in the longer term mutually beneficial to both The village and Seafari. Hope all falls into place for you.
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I hope the Trouble making Nark thinks it's so dangerous.....he won't be present in the future!
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I hope the Trouble making Nark thinks it's so dangerous.....he won't be present in the future!


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I thought "wild camping" was allowed in Scotland
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Thanks for the update Tony and look forward to your next update, meanwhile, think we may plan a wee trip to Easdale for early May and hopefully see you there/then.
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Thanks for the update Tony and look forward to your next update, meanwhile, think we may plan a wee trip to Easdale for early May and hopefully see you there/then.
yep we were just saying the same
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yep we were just saying the same
Someone do us a favour and light a wee fire on the Easdale summit on the night of the fourth.

They can take our moorings, but they'll never take our ########...

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