Pon­toons ex­ten­sion goes out to con­sul­ta­tion

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A £750,000 ex­ten­sion to Fort Wil­liam’s pon­toons could bring ‘huge’ eco­nomic ben­e­fits to the town.

The Fort Wil­liam Ma­rina and Shore­line Com­pany (FWMSC) laid out ex­cit­ing new plans for a ma­rina devel­op­ment at a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion last Fri­day.

Plans, which in­clude an 80m ex­ten­sion north of the ex­ist­ing pon­toons, would also see around 20 berths for short-stay use, and fa­cil­i­ties for a sea­plane.

Sec­re­tary of the FWMSC Sarah Kennedy said that Loch Lomond sea­planes had ex­pressed in­ter­est in fly­ing to Fort Wil­liam for scenic tours, but also on a more reg­u­lar ba­sis.

Mrs Kennedy said: ‘It’s four hours by train to Glas­gow and two and a half by bus, so for peo­ple to be able to fly there in an hour would be in­cred­i­ble.’

The FWMSC hopes to ob­tain a ma­rina and dredg­ing li­cence next year which will help in its bid to get the £750,000 fund­ing re­quired. Mrs Kennedy added: ‘Right now James [Sarah’s hus­band] is £1,200 out of pocket. We used our money to get this devel­op­ment off the ground be­cause we are so pas­sion­ate about it.’

FWMSC will be look­ing to ob­tain rev­enue from HIE and com­mu­nity as­set funds, among other fund­ing av­enues it is yet to ex­plore.

James Kennedy, his wife Sarah, Nor­rie MacLean of the FWMSC and Sue Keen from Fort Wil­liam Town Team help an­swer ques­tions about the pon­toon ex­ten­sion. In­set: the plans for the lat­est phase of Fort Wil­liam’s pon­toons.

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