Town works are praised

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

HUN­DREDS gath­ered in Oban’s Sta­tion Square for the of­fi­cial open­ing of the newly ren­o­vated town cen­tre, fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil’s im­prove­ment project.

Coun­cil­lor Roddy McCuish cut the rib­bon, say­ing: ‘The coun­cil has in­vested over £2 mil­lion in this project. It’s a real vote of con­fi­dence in Oban and I’m de­lighted to see it com­plete. I would like to thank the re­tail­ers for their pa­tience over the course of the work and thank the lo­cal com­mu­nity and Bid4Oban for work­ing with us.

‘Trans­for­ma­tional change is al­ways dis­rup­tive but this was a ne­ces­sity. I think ev­ery­one look­ing round to­day will agree it was time and money well spent.

‘Coin­cid­ing with the an­nual fire­works dis­play, it’s great to see the space be­ing used for what it was de­signed for – a big event which brings in lots of peo­ple, brings money into the town and cre­ates a great at­mos­phere. This was a trial run of the new space and it passed with fly­ing colours.’

Trans­port Scot­land also pro­vided £ 300,000 to­wards the project. Coun­cil­lor Elaine Robert­son said: ‘Pub­lic realm work is about giv­ing a town con­fi­dence, giv­ing peo­ple con­fi­dence, giv­ing in­vestors con­fi­dence, rais­ing the mood of the area, stim­u­lat­ing growth and mak­ing peo­ple hope­ful and am­bi­tious for the fu­ture.

‘This project has done just that. Lo­cal busi­nesses are al­ready see­ing the ben­e­fits of the scheme.

‘I’ve re­ceived lots of pos­i­tive feed­back on the high qual­ity of the fin­ish and the con­ve­nience of hav­ing such an ac­ces­si­ble pub­lic space.’

Oban High School Pipe Band flanks, left to right, project man­ager John MacCormick and coun­cil­lors Roddy McCuish and Elaine Robert­son.

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