Iconic Oban church ready to go on mar­ket

The Oban Times - - News -

AN ICONIC church build­ing in Oban that has lain va­cant for al­most five years will soon be put up for sale.

The for­mer tourist in­for­ma­tion cen­tre in Ar­gyll Square closed in 2011 af­ter plas­ter fell from the ceil­ing. Visit Scot­land then moved staff to a new, smaller, es­tab­lish­ment sit­u­ated on the North Pier.

A spokesper­son for Visit Scot­land said: ‘The prop­erty was not mar­keted for sale at the point we va­cated for a num­ber of rea­sons. In the first in­stance, we were keen to en­sure the new lo­ca­tion of the in­for­ma­tion cen­tre would work out in prac­tice.

‘ We were also keen to see if there were any op­por­tu­ni­ties for greater com­mu­nity in­volve­ment in the use of the church.

‘A num­ber of ap­proaches were made in the years fol­low­ing our exit from the prop­erty and we had hoped some of th­ese par­ties might have ac­cess to grant fund­ing not open to Visit Scot­land, which would al­low for a more ex­ten­sive re­fur­bish­ment of the church.

‘Un­for­tu­nately, none of th­ese ap­proaches came to fruition.

‘The prop­erty was also placed on the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s site, e-PIMS, so that other pub­lic bod­ies were made aware it was avail­able for sale.

‘Un­for­tu­nately, no in­ter­est was gen­er­ated through this route.

‘Dur­ing this time re­pairs were car­ried out to min­imise fur­ther dam­age.’

Roddy McCuish, coun­cil­lor for Oban South and the Isles, said: ‘I am de­lighted with the news that Visit Scot­land has de­cided to put this iconic build­ing up for sale.

‘It has lain empty for far too long in the cen­tre of Oban and it’s a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for some­one to buy this build­ing and re­turn it to its for­mer glory.’

The price is yet to be de­cided but it’s hoped it will be on the mar­ket within weeks.

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