1. Meeting with the Transport Minister
In the light of positive comments made by Graeme Dey following his visit to Arran, it was agreed that the committee would once again request a meeting in order to try and establish timescales for the necessary developments at Troon and Ardrossan and to convey the island community's desire to ensure further investment results in improved resilience and reliability.
2. Covid Cancellations
The committee struggled to understand why CalMac could not follow similar procedures as other ferry operators to enable them to continue providing at least some sort of service when a staff member tested positive for Coronavirus. Anticipating ongoing positive test results in the future, it was agreed that the committee would ask CalMac to investigate how other ferry operators overcame the need to withdraw service altogether and reconsider their own procedures.
3. Abuse of Local CalMac Staff
The committee was unanimous in condemning any unkindness expressed towards local staff, who have consistently tried their best to accommodate people in the face of many restrictions imposed by management. It was agreed that we would continue to state our support for local staff on social media. It was also agreed that we would hand in 'Heroes for Heroes'.
Sharon volunteered to sell Where's The Ferry T-shirts on Friday from the picnic table close to the Brodick ferry terminal.
5. Committee Members and AGM
Bob Haddow resigned from the committee during the meeting. Sharon proposed Barb Taub to maintain our numbers. This was seconded by the secretary and approved unanimously, ahead of all members putting themselves forward for re-election at the next AGM, which was proposed for a Saturday afternoon at the start of December, the date to be confirmed. Ahead of this, it was agreed to approach other potential candidates to stand for election to the committee. Gavin declared his intention to stand down as chairman at that time and was thanked by Sally and the secretary for his consistently professional chairmanship since the inauguration of the Group.
The current state of our lifeline ferry service shows it is not fit for purpose in terms of reliability, resilience and infrastructure. The Arran Ferry Action Group is a new and fully representative lobbying group, set up to represent Arran interests in demanding service improvements and accountability in future investment decisions.