Oban group sup­ports new coun­cil pro­pos­als for per­ma­nent pon­toons

The Oban Times - - News -

A COM­MU­NITY group which cam­paigned for a tran­sit ma­rina in Oban Bay has given its back­ing to plans for a per­ma­nent fa­cil­ity brought for­ward by Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil.

For eight years Oban Bay Marine ( OBM) cam­paigned for pon­toons, rais­ing a sig­nif­i­cant amount of money through pledges for its scheme.

Af­ter many years of dis­cus­sion, Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil has now agreed to take for­ward plans for a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion for sea­far­ers to the town cen­tre. A spokesman for OBM said: ‘The di­rec­tors are pleased to learn of Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil’s area com­mit­tee de­ci­sion to pro­ceed with the op­tion to de­liver a per­ma­nent berthing fa­cil­ity for Oban by 2017, in­clud­ing cruise ship ten­der berth and tran­sit ma­rina for vis­it­ing ves­sels.

‘Af­ter eight years of de­vel­op­ing pro­pos­als and cam­paign­ing for such a fa­cil­ity, OBM is pleased the coun­cil has fi­nally made this de­ci­sion and wish them ev­ery suc­cess. The spokesman con­tin­ued: ‘The coun­cil’s de­ci­sion fol­lows the suc­cess of its re­cent pon­toon de­vel­op­ment, and lessons learnt, at Camp­bel­town, plus their de­ci­sion to re­tain the tem­po­rary cruise ship ten­der fa­cil­ity at the Oban Times slip, rather than de­velop a fur­ther in­terim so­lu­tion for 2015/16. OBM has pro­vided the coun­cil the ben­e­fit of their ex­per­tise, ground­work and lo­cal knowl­edge, and con­tinue to of­fer their full sup­port. The di­rec­tors take this op­por­tu­nity to thank all those who have sup­ported them and their pro­pos­als over the years, es­pe­cially the lo­cal busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als who have pro­vided fund­ing or who have pro­vided ser­vices at no cost - your sup­port has not been in vain.

‘With the coun­cil hav­ing com­mit­ted to mov­ing the de­vel­op­ment for­ward, the di­rec­tors of OBM are now set­ting about wind­ing up the com­pany and look for­ward to 2017 and to the ben­e­fit that the de­vel­op­ment will fi­nally bring to Oban.’

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