Oban pontoons plan
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.