HAVE YOUR SAY on sea­side tsar plans

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

Ce­cile Piveteau, 27, from Nantes, re­turn­ing to Oban with Raphael Fouche, 28, af­ter liv­ing here for a year in 2010/11, pic­tured right:

Ce­cile: ‘It was nice to see some things haven’t changed: restau­rants are just as full five years later. Some shops have closed, but oth­ers have opened. There’s still many, many tourists.’

Raphael: ‘It’s the most im­por­tant city on the West Coast. It feels very lively, and wild.’ Anony­mous cou­ple, who live south of Oban:

(Male): ‘ There’s a lot that could be done to make it bet- ter, such as the long-awaited pon­toons. It’s tragic they didn’t re­tain old build­ings. There’s a strug­gle here to have enough eco­nomic vi­a­bil­ity for young peo­ple to stay, so there are long-term chal­lenges. Why have a sea­side tsar? What’s the coun­cil meant to be there for?’

(Fe­male): ‘ There’s a lot of closed shops, but I wouldn’t say it’s run­down. It’s busier since we came in 2006. We would like it to be trendier.’

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