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17 February 2019Black Isle Tourism Bullitin

At the end of last year a get together was organised by Black Isle Tourism team, of local business people and interested parties, in the form of a work shop.

Below is a summary of the ideas put forward.

Black Isle Tourism Team

Welcome to the first BITT bulletin of 2019,

The steering group met last week to continue working on the outcomes from our workshop in November and we are aiming for mid-March as a realistic timeframe to bring out a (draft) strategy for further consultation. We also hope to hold another gathering before Easter.

We will be in touch over the coming months with new ways to take out or renew memberships following a few administrative changes our side, as detailed in the last update. 

In the meantime, there are a few hot topics and deadlines coming up that we feel are important to bring to your attention if you haven’t already been made aware through other channels:

Tourism Tax Discussion

Are you an accommodation provider or a visitor attraction that charges a fee for your services to guests? How would you feel about making an additional charge to contribute to the costs of maintaining and improving infrastructure in the Highlands? Scottish Government have produced a detailed consultative document which makes for interesting reading here

The deadline for contributions, views and opinions is this Friday 25th January. Make your voice heard by downloading this form and sending it along with your comments by email to tourismdiscussion@gov.scot.

Visit Scotland Tourism Barometer

As always, the latest tourism figures for the Highlands are available on the Visit Scotland Corporate Website. Don’t forget to take part in the latest questionnaire for Q4, if you haven’t already. Here is the link to their survey.

'Slow Tourism' gathers pace

As a tourism team, we have long since decided we want to encourage visitors to the Black Isle to stay longer and ‘Savour the Unexpected’. It is exciting to see the concept of 'slow tourism' taking off across the highlands. It has been key topic at the conferences and expos we have attended in the last year, and was recently highlighted in a Press and Journal opinion piece on academic research at The Centre for Recreation and Tourism Research at West Highland College UHI. 

Additionally, the North Coast 500 team are working with the North Highlands Initiative (NHI) on ways to promote ‘slower’ exploration and extended stays among their users. They are also looking at creative ways to improve the public transport scene to make it a better proposition for tourists. As an offshoot from the NC 500 route, in due course we will be asked to provide updated information and suggested itineraries for the Black Isle.

 

Keep in touch

The Black Isle Tourism team is made up of businesses, organisations and individuals around the Black Isle who have an interest in tourism and want to work together to improve the visitor experience and to raise the profile of the area.

Activity is coordinated by a steering group of local member volunteers. Support from our members is invaluable in working towards our objectives so please do get in touch with any feedback, offers of help or if you are interested in joining us. Email tourism@black-isle.info.

Don't forget to help us grow our social media pages by posting, liking, sharing and remembering to use the hashtag #BlackIsle.

Welcome to the first BITT bulletin of 2019,

The steering group met last week to continue working on the outcomes from our workshop in November and we are aiming for mid-March as a realistic timeframe to bring out a (draft) strategy for further consultation. We also hope to hold another gathering before Easter.

We will be in touch over the coming months with new ways to take out or renew memberships following a few administrative changes our side, as detailed in the last update. 

In the meantime, there are a few hot topics and deadlines coming up that we feel are important to bring to your attention if you haven’t already been made aware through other channels:

Tourism Tax Discussion

Are you an accommodation provider or a visitor attraction that charges a fee for your services to guests? How would you feel about making an additional charge to contribute to the costs of maintaining and improving infrastructure in the Highlands? Scottish Government have produced a detailed consultative document which makes for interesting reading here

The deadline for contributions, views and opinions is this Friday 25th January. Make your voice heard by downloading this form and sending it along with your comments by email to tourismdiscussion@gov.scot.

Visit Scotland Tourism Barometer

As always, the latest tourism figures for the Highlands are available on the Visit Scotland Corporate Website. Don’t forget to take part in the latest questionnaire for Q4, if you haven’t already. Here is the link to their survey.

'Slow Tourism' gathers pace

As a tourism team, we have long since decided we want to encourage visitors to the Black Isle to stay longer and ‘Savour the Unexpected’. It is exciting to see the concept of 'slow tourism' taking off across the highlands. It has been key topic at the conferences and expos we have attended in the last year, and was recently highlighted in a Press and Journal opinion piece on academic research at The Centre for Recreation and Tourism Research at West Highland College UHI. 

Additionally, the North Coast 500 team are working with the North Highlands Initiative (NHI) on ways to promote ‘slower’ exploration and extended stays among their users. They are also looking at creative ways to improve the public transport scene to make it a better proposition for tourists. As an offshoot from the NC 500 route, in due course we will be asked to provide updated information and suggested itineraries for the Black Isle.

The Black Isle Tourism team is made up of businesses, organisations and individuals around the Black Isle who have an interest in tourism and want to work together to improve the visitor experience and to raise the profile of the area.

Activity is coordinated by a steering group of local member volunteers. Support from our members is invaluable in working towards our objectives so please do get in touch with any feedback, offers of help or if you are interested in joining us. Email tourism@black-isle.info.

Don't forget to help us grow our social media pages by posting, liking, sharing and remembering to use the hashtag #BlackIsle.

Welcome to the first BITT bulletin of 2019,

The steering group met last week to continue working on the outcomes from our workshop in November and we are aiming for mid-March as a realistic timeframe to bring out a (draft) strategy for further consultation. We also hope to hold another gathering before Easter.

We will be in touch over the coming months with new ways to take out or renew memberships following a few administrative changes our side, as detailed in the last update. 

In the meantime, there are a few hot topics and deadlines coming up that we feel are important to bring to your attention if you haven’t already been made aware through other channels:

Tourism Tax Discussion

Are you an accommodation provider or a visitor attraction that charges a fee for your services to guests? How would you feel about making an additional charge to contribute to the costs of maintaining and improving infrastructure in the Highlands? Scottish Government have produced a detailed consultative document which makes for interesting reading here

The deadline for contributions, views and opinions is this Friday 25th January. Make your voice heard by downloading this form and sending it along with your comments by email to tourismdiscussion@gov.scot.

Visit Scotland Tourism Barometer

As always, the latest tourism figures for the Highlands are available on the Visit Scotland Corporate Website. Don’t forget to take part in the latest questionnaire for Q4, if you haven’t already. Here is the link to their survey.

'Slow Tourism' gathers pace

As a tourism team, we have long since decided we want to encourage visitors to the Black Isle to stay longer and ‘Savour the Unexpected’. It is exciting to see the concept of 'slow tourism' taking off across the highlands. It has been key topic at the conferences and expos we have attended in the last year, and was recently highlighted in a Press and Journal opinion piece on academic research at The Centre for Recreation and Tourism Research at West Highland College UHI. 

Additionally, the North Coast 500 team are working with the North Highlands Initiative (NHI) on ways to promote ‘slower’ exploration and extended stays among their users. They are also looking at creative ways to improve the public transport scene to make it a better proposition for tourists. As an offshoot from the NC 500 route, in due course we will be asked to provide updated information and suggested itineraries for the Black Isle.

 

Keep in touch

The Black Isle Tourism team is made up of businesses, organisations and individuals around the Black Isle who have an interest in tourism and want to work together to improve the visitor experience and to raise the profile of the area.

03 February 2019Wellbeing for All on the Black Isle

Please take a minute to complete this short survey to help us map out vulnerable groups in our Black Isle communities.

Interim results from the survey (to January) are available here. As you can see we need a lot more responses from Knockbain area to get a meaningful picture. 

The survey follows on from discussions all the Community Councils on the Black Isle have been having with the Choose Life group hosetd by Fortrose Academy.

We met together at the end of 2018 and again last month to discuss what causes loneliness in our communities, and to look at what we can do together to challenge stigme, raise awareness of mental health issues and to map the community initiatives and assets already in pace across the Black Isle that can have a positive impact on people's lives. The survey and mapping expercise will help the working group to identify the gaps and improve resuilience and wellbeing for everybody in our commuities in the future. 

The Choose Life working group is made up of a variety of agencies including Police, Highland Council, NHS Highland, the Highland Alcohol and Drugs Partnership as well as a number of third sector agencies including HUG/Advocacy Highland/Support in Mind. Their key objectives are to reduce suicidal behaviour in high risk groups, and provide support to people affected by suicide and providing education and training.

Police Scotland and our Community Partners in Highland are encouraging communities to provide support for people who need it after taking part in an informal "Community Conversation Café" event at Fortrose Academy in June 7 2018. The event was very well attended with people from all across the Black Isle and beyond dropping in to chat. 

A report from the event can be found here.

Inspector Judy Hill said: "This event is about giving people in the Black Isle community the space to come together and start conversations about their personal wellbeing and the wellbeing of those within their communities. 

"We want to look at all that is good about the Black Isle and show that the communities themselves have so much to offer in terms of being able to support wellbeing and build a resilient community. 

"There are individuals in our communities now who need support. That support can come in many forms but ultimately it starts with a conversation, a simple 'Are you ok?' can make a huge difference to someone who is struggling. 

"We want to set communities on the path to wellness by building on existing strengths and networks."

Knockbain Community Council  are pleased to support this initiative, and the Prevent Suicide Highland Ap for mobile phones.Prevent Suicide - Highland App includes a section which helps you to help others - what to say, who can help etc. 

It gives help to those who experience suicidal thoughts and also for those who support others who feel suicidal - available at
https://itunes.apple.com/…/prevent-suicide-hi…/id1436026798… or 
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details…

Or download suing the QR codes below

 

03 February 2019Update from the Black Isle Tourism Team

Our community councillor Sue Warnes recently attended the Black Isle Toursim Team meeting. An update of the meeting is included in the newsletter bulletin attached here.

Information includes:

- Update on Tourism Tax debte

- The development of 'Slow Tourism'

- The Visit Scotland Tourism Barometer

03 February 2019A9 Dualling - Next Phase works and traffic management

Information about next phase of the A9 dualling between Birnam and Dunkeld 

 

01 February 2019New Bus Times - North Kessock

Details of bus times to / from North Kessock from 1st January 2019 can be downloaded  here

17 January 2019Highland Council Review of Community Councils

Members of KCC have been taking part in the initial consultation events organised by The Highland Council to review the Community Council Scheme. What CCs do now, how the role could be improved and changes needed. An initial report has now been considered by the council and wider consultation will take place over the next three months. More information is available in consultation report here and on the HIghland Council website here

 

30 November 2018Last Chance for Black Isle swimming pool

Please see letter below from Chair of the Black Isle swiming pool appeal, Roy Sinclair. If you think you can help or know anyone who may be interested please contact Roy at the email address below. 

 

Last Chance of the Dream of a Swimming Pool for the Black Isle

Dear Secretary/Chairperson/Local Councillor and Official and all other potentially interested parties and organisations

It is with the greatest regret that I, as chairman of the Black Isle Swimming Pool Foundation (BISPF), have to advise the Black Isle public that the remaining, surviving members of BISPF are no longer able, due to illness and older age, to continue to oversee the potential development of the objects for which the Foundation was formed. Accordingly, I call upon the folk within the Black Isle and those keen on swimming for health and recreational benefits to grasp the nettle and take this important project forward.

The remaining members of the BISPF are now faced with two options, one of which is to wind up the Foundation, whose directors and supporters, despite many setbacks, have striven long and hard over many years since the formation of the original, informal, Swimming Pool group and then BISPF itself, to try to achieve the dream of a swimming pool on the Black Isle. The other option is to carry on to try to attract the necessary funding package to enable the pool to become a reality.

Unfortunately, for the above stated reasons, the membership of the Foundation has now reduced to fewer than three, two of whom are directors with one of them due to retire and leave the area to move south.

Winding up the BISPF is having to be given serious consideration. The option to continue could still be viable but would require an early recruitment of new and committed people prepared to join the Foundation and become directors to investigate positively and continue the quest to create the pool project.

The question now arising has to be: Is there a determined and willing group of individuals prepared to take on the challenge and responsibility of keeping the pool project alive?

It is now over to the folk of the Black Isle to volunteer to carry this important project forward.

Please send your responses directly to me.

Kind regards,

Roy R Sinclair
Chairman, Black Isle Swimming Pool Foundation

 roy.sinclair43@gmail.com

30 November 2018Your Voice, Your Council, Your Future

 

The Council is reaching out to communities, staff and partners to better understand what is important to our communities.  We want to understand what the Council is doing well but where we can improve and do better.  We want to hear from you about what is important to you, your families and your community and what the Council should be focusing on. 

We are facing challenging financial times as an organisation but we believe we can meet that challenge and your feedback will help us plan and shape what we do over the next three years.

There are different ways you can provide your views:

  • An online survey: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YourvoiceYourCouncil
  • A series of public engagement events, details can be found here:www.highland.gov.uk/yourvoice

Community Engagement Drop in at Dingwall Academy on 3rdDecember between 7 pm and 8 pm

  • You can complete the Council’s budget challenge which is an online tool which gives resident of Highland the opportunity to consider where the budget should be spent, the ultimate aim being to balance the Council’s budget: www.highland.gov.uk/yourvoice
  • A series of facebook conversations on specific topics.  Details of these are provided here:www.highland.gov.uk/yourvoice

We appreciate you taking the time to share your views.  Please feel free to share this across your networks and contacts.

Kind regards

 

Alister MacKinnon

Budget Leader

Highland Council

22 November 2018Community Christmas Singing Group - North Kessock

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