Oban pon­toons plan

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A NEW berthing and mar­itime vis­i­tor fa­cil­ity will bring eco­nomic ben­e­fits to Oban and the sur­round­ing area for years to come, ac­cord­ing to Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil.

The pro­pos­als for the North Pier fa­cil­ity are to go out for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion, cul­mi­nat­ing with an event to be held next month, on Fri­day December 9, in the Cor­ran Halls.

Any­one wish­ing to voice their opin­ion about the fa­cil­ity, which will in­clude ‘fin­ger berths’ along­side pon­toon ar­eas with float­ing break­wa­ters, can do so by send­ing an email to kirsteen.mac­don­ald3@ar­gyll-bute.gov.uk.

At its meet­ing on Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 27, Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil’s Pol­icy and Re­sources Com­mit­tee unan­i­mously ap­proved the busi­ness case for the North Pier mar­itime quar­ter.

Coun­cil­lor Ellen Mor­ton said: ‘The high-qual­ity fa­cil­i­ties rep­re­sent a sub­stan­tial in­vest­ment in the Oban area by the coun­cil and will cre­ate 2.5 jobs. The fa­cil­i­ties will act as a fo­cal point for ma­rine ac­tiv­ity and a wel­com­ing point at the North Pier for mar­itime vis­i­tors and busi­nesses.

‘It has been es­ti­mated that Oban could see an ad­di­tional 5,600 boats and 22,000 peo­ple visit­ing the area when the berthing fa­cil­ity is com­plete. This is re­ally good news. The new tran­sit berthing fa­cil­ity will al­low di­rect ac­cess to Oban and help gen­er­ate eco­nomic ben­e­fits for the stun­ning re­fur­bished town cen­tre, the is­lands and the Ar­gyll and Bute area.’

The mar­itime vis­i­tor fa­cil­i­ties will have show­ers, toi­lets, chang­ing ar­eas and se­cure lock­ers.

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