Cor­ran Halls site is not suit­able for skate park

The Oban Times - - LETTERS -

Sir, As a fre­quent vis­i­tor to the area of Oban in front of the Cor­ran Halls which has been sug­gested as a pos­si­ble lo­ca­tion for a skate park, the sight of vis­i­tors and lo­cals sit­ting on the grass al­ways im­presses me.

I of­ten see cou­ples and fam­i­lies hav­ing pic­nics, en­joy­ing the views over the sea to the Sound of Ker­rara, Lis­more, Mull and Morvern, and watch­ing the pa­rade of fer­ries, fish­ing boats, yachts and cruise ships pass­ing through the nar­rows.

It is a very in­ap­pro­pri­ate site for a skate park, be­ing ad­ja­cent to the war memo­rial. There is also a lovely fam­ily memo­rial in the park to the mem­ory of two young fish­er­men who drowned not far from here while work­ing. What would be­come of it?

Do we want Oban and its lovely bay and seafront to be turned into a Black­pool-type theme park?

There are plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties for young folk to get in­volved in sport apart from their dis­rup­tive ac­tiv­i­ties, such as foot­ball, rugby, an­gling, shinty and sail­ing, as well as all the fa­cil­i­ties at At­lantis. And there is com­mu­nity work.

If we con­sider skate­board­ing and BMX bik­ing to be sport, there is spare ground at At­lantis be­tween the chil­dren’s play area and the car park that could pro­vide an area to ac­com­mo­date the ac­tiv­i­ties and bring them un­der the At­lantis sport­ing um­brella.

An­other pos­si­ble site is where there was a skate­board­ing fa­cil­ity be­tween Moss­field and the rugby park but, un­for­tu­nately, this was van­dalised and burned to the ground some years ago.

Also the pro­pos­als for the lovely green at the Cor­ran Halls, lov­ingly tended colour­ful dis­plays by our town gar­den­ers and also ad­ja­cent to a war memo­rial would be in­ap­pro­pri­ate.

Tam Robert­son, Lau­rel Cres­cent, Oban.

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