Piers and har­bour study is launched

The Oban Times - - News -

AR­GYLL and Bute Coun­cil launched a con­sul­ta­tion on fees and charges at its piers and har­bours this week.

The cur­rent fees through­out Ar­gyll and Bute have never been stan­dard­ised and the con­sul­ta­tion will help to sim­plify the cur­rent sys­tem and en­sure the long-term fu­ture of these key trans­port links.

Coun­cil­lor Ellen Mor­ton, chair­woman of Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil’s Har­bour Board, ex­plained: ‘ The 39 piers and har­bours owned and op­er­ated by the coun­cil are vi­tally im­por­tant to the lo­cal econ­omy, bring­ing peo­ple and goods into Ar­gyll and Bute, and pro­vid­ing lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties with vi­tal trans­port links.

‘There are sub­stan­tial costs as­so­ci­ated with oper­at­ing so many dif­fer­ing piers, from the small, un­manned and quiet leisure slips like Keills, south of Tay­val­lich and Lagg on Jura to the large, busy ferry ports like Craignure on Mull and Rothe­say on Bute.

‘In line with good prac­tice, in the in­ter­ests of en­sur­ing the coun­cil is mak­ing the most of its as­sets, a re­view of fees and charges at our piers and har­bours has been car­ried out. We are now look­ing to con­sult with users and mem­bers of the pub­lic on a set of gen­eral pro­pos­als.

‘I would en­cour­age any­one with an in­ter­est in the coun­cil’s piers and har­bours to take the time to give us their views.

‘The feed­back from the con­sul­ta­tion will be used to in­form the fi­nal plans.’

The con­sul­ta­tion can be ac­cessed at: https:// www.ar­gyll- bute. gov.uk/con­sul­ta­tions/ fees-and- charges- piers- and­har­bours.

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