Oban road­works due to be con­cluded in weeks

The Oban Times - - News -

COM­PLAINTS about the length of time taken for Oban town cen­tre im­prove­ments to be com­pleted are be­ing mea­sured against the good work al­ready done.

Coun­cil­lor Roddy McCuish de­fended a few weeks’ work on the project as a ‘once in a life­time op­por­tu­nity’ to get things done.

But bus pas­sen­gers and ve­hi­cle driv­ers are frus­trated at the ex­tra strain the works are plac­ing on journey times.

Com­ments on The Oban Times Face­book page show towns­folk were un­aware of any de­lay to the project.

Com­mu­nity coun­cil­lor Ge­orge Berry said: ‘This was sup­posed to be fin­ished for July.

‘This was the of­fi­cial time­line. Let’s watch this space ... [ per­haps] not this sum­mer.’

Fiona Bar­nett said: ‘The work should have been fin­ished by July 8.’

While Face­book user An­gus MacFad­gen claimed the works should have been fin­ished by June 21.

Mr McCuish de­fended the de­lay in the com­ple­tion of the works.

He said: ‘We have taken the op­por­tu­nity to add a few things into the scheme. This is a once in a life­time op­por­tu­nity; we have to make the most of it.’

He con­tin­ued: ‘ The town looks fan­tas­tic, the best it has in years. It’s giving Oban a new lease of life. Peo­ple here are ex­cited about their prospects. We hope to see new shops, of­fices and, more im­por­tantly, job op­por­tu­ni­ties in the fu­ture.

‘The coun­cil is fo­cused on im­prov­ing our area, bring­ing in new peo­ple, new busi­nesses, new jobs. Schemes like this have a huge part to play.

‘ We talked to lo­cal busi­nesses, Bid4Oban, the dis­abil­ity fo­rum and other key part­ners, and de­cided to add in a few ex­tras on top of the orig­i­nal plans. It’s sen­si­ble to take ad­van­tage of this op­por­tu­nity and get the ad­di­tional work done, all within our orig­i­nal bud­get.’

A coun­cil spokesman con­firmed: ‘By Tues­day July 5 Queen’s Park Place will be com­pleted [and] the road will be fully op­er­a­tional.’

The ad­di­tional work is set to be com­pleted by mid-July. It in­cludes ex­tra bus shel­ters, dropped kerbs to dis­abled park­ing bays, travel in­for­ma­tion dis­play boards in all five bus stops and a large travel in­for­ma­tion board for Sta­tion Square.

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