Oban road works nearly com­plete

The Oban Times - - News -

ROAD works in Oban town cen­tre are still not fin­ished five weeks af­ter the sched­uled com­ple­tion date.

The works have now been go­ing on for 31 weeks when they were orig­i­nally fore­cast to be a 26-week project. Vis­i­tors to the area have writ­ten to The Oban Times to com­plain the works are not yet fin­ished.

Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil has come in for some crit­i­cism from the po­lit­i­cal leader in Nairn, Michael Green, who said the plans for the works to be tak­ing place in the height of the sea­son are ‘ridicu­lous’.

But Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil de­fended the sit­u­a­tion say­ing the extra works be­ing un­der­taken by the con­trac­tors makes the ex­tended time worth­while.

Two weeks ago a coun­cil spokes­woman told The Oban Times: ‘ You will note from our pre­vi­ous press re­lease that we took the op­por­tu­nity to add a few things into the scheme, hence the ex­tended com­ple­tion date.

‘The con­trac­tor has, and is fo­cus­ing on, mak­ing as much space as pos­si­ble avail­able to pub­lic ac­cess while they con­tinue to work in the back­ground to com­plete all the fin­ish­ing items.

‘As per the press re­lease is­sued on June 24, some of the big ad­di­tions to the scheme in­clude: three extra bus shel­ters at Sta­tion Square; en­hanced street light­ing; ad­di­tional seat­ing along the low wall next to the Whisky Shop on Stafford Street as well as paving over the plant­ing area on the up­per ter­race, which was be­com­ing in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to main­tain; widen­ing and ex­tend­ing the dropped kerbs to dis­abled park­ing bays; ex­tend­ing the paving into Ar­gyll Street; ad­di­tional strength­en­ing work to the light­ing col­umns along the sea wall; real time in­for­ma­tion (RTI) dis­play boards in all five bus shel­ters at Sta­tion Square; foundation and in­fra­struc­ture for a large RTI board to be lo­cated at Sta­tion Square which will pro­vide real time in­for­ma­tion for train, ferry and bus ser­vices.’

While the orig­i­nal press re­lease from the lo­cal author­ity stated there was no ad­di­tional cost to the tax­payer for these works, the spokes­woman now said: ‘ With re­gard to costs for ad­di­tional works, these will be fairly as­sessed in ac­cor­dance with the con­tract process.’

Not fin­ished: the road works in Oban’s Sta­tion Square on Tues­day.

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