Fund our skate park plea
YOUNG people were promised they would have a skate park by the chairman of Oban, Lorn and the Isles area committee.
Speaking in response to a question by Kevin Irvine, a youth worker with Oban Youth Cafe, the chairman said ‘ You’ll get your skate park.’
Kevin told Roddy McCuish that members of his youth group - all BMX users - ‘ were angry at some of the things the councillor had said in an article in the Oban Times.
He said: ‘While we understand that there are lots of things for young people to do in Oban, there is not a skate park.
‘ We want a skate park, ideally indoors. People’s interests change and that has happened here.’
In the article, Councillor McCuish hit out young people using the new Stafford Street pedestrian area as a skate park:
He said: ‘I find it incredible that our own young citizens of Oban are abusing this brand new facility in this way.
I would have expected more from our young people, most of whom are a great credit to our community. This group are certainly not that and should be ashamed of themselves
‘I would plead with the youngsters to stop this at once before someone gets seriously hurt Please have some civic pride in your town and consideration for others.’
The councillor told Mr Irvine: ‘I did say those things in the Oban Times. To achieve the skate park, you must work with the council. Rockfield worked with the council and we are achieving things. The play park is working with the council and we are achieving things.
‘I am glad my comments in the Oban Times have brought us to the stage we are at,’ he added.
Community councillor Julie MacKenzie from Oban said: ‘If we want young people to stay here, then we need to work with them.’
Later in the meeting when asked about the amount of cash being spent on the Stafford Street project, members of the BMX youth group said: ‘Give us some of the money for our skate park.’
Councillor McCuish replied: ‘ You’ll get your skate park.’
CASH FOR KIDS: Kevin Irvine (right) made a plea for money to build a skate park