Call for aban­doned site to be trans­formed

The Oban Times - - News -

LOCHABER or­gan­i­sa­tions are call­ing for the Tesco ground at Blar Mhor to be put to good use in the form of a col­lege or hos­pi­tal.

Lo­cal ac­tivists from Com­mon Weal Lochaber, Lochaber Women for In­de­pen­dence and Aye2aye, In­ver­ness, pitched up at Blar Mhor on Thurs­day as part of a na­tional cam­paign, Our Land, to put ne­glected land to use for com­mu­ni­ties.

The site has lain empty while Tesco de­lib­er­ated over the con­struc­tion of a su­per­mar­ket.

Now, with no plans to con­struct the gi­ant store, lo­cal peo­ple want to see the land work­ing for them.

John Gillespie, mem­ber of Com­mon Weal, said: ‘The gov­ern­ment has to build some­thing here that will ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity as a whole. Whether it be af­ford­able hous­ing, a col­lege or a hos­pi­tal.

‘ What I do know is that the site has been wasted for long enough and now Tesco don’t want it.

‘It is an ideal site for any of those things be­cause we have the po­lice and med­i­cal cen­tres here, it makes sense.

‘We should be us­ing the whole of the land to ben­e­fit the peo­ple.’

A spokesman from Kil­mallie com­mu­nity coun­cil said: ‘ KCC has pre­vi­ously and will con­tinue to ex­press its anger at High­land coun­cil­lors who are deal­ing with Tesco.

‘They are al­low­ing this price­less, en­vi­ron­men­tal gem to be de­stroyed.’

More in­for­ma­tion about the work of the na­tional cam­paign can be found at http:// www. our­land.scot/

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