New dawn af­ter coun­cil elec­tions?

The Oban Times - - News -

WE WILL soon come to the end of a chap­ter in lo­cal pol­i­tics. Next month we vote for a new coun­cil.

The can­di­dates have made them­selves known. If you are say­ing, ‘I didn’t see that com­ing’ in ref­er­ence to some of the can­di­dates, I don’t know that I re­ally be­lieve you.

Very in­ter­est­ing to see some oldies back on the list.

No mat­ter what, the old coun­cil did not please ev­ery­one, nor will the newly elected coun­cil, but be­fore they part, one or two changes are on the hori­zon.

The area com­mit­tee voted with no ab­sten­tions to put new traf­fic plans in place in Gal­lanach Road, the Es­planade, be­yond the cathe­dral and at At­lantis car park. The pro­pos­als are as fol­lows.

* Gal­lanach Road to just be­yond the sail­ing club will be me­tered.

* The Es­planade from be­yond the cathe­dral to the war memo­rial will be me­tered.

* At At­lantis car park, the first two hours will be free park­ing, af­ter which it will be me­tered by the hour.

Th­ese pro­pos­als will go to pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion and, to hand a bone back to the pub­lic, pro­pos­als to al­low one to two hours’ free park­ing in Ge­orge Street have yet to be con­firmed. So what will the im­pact be? Gal­lanach is an area fre­quently used by CalMac ferry staff, who are berthed in Oban for two weeks at a time. Crew were ad­vised to va­cate to At­lantis car park. This is now look­ing doubt­ful, as park­ing charges are im­mi­nent.

So it’s back to CalMac. Where do ferry crews go?

The sit­u­a­tion at Oban ferry ter­mi­nal is bed­lam with the pier ex­tremely busy due to RET (Road Equiv­a­lent Tar­iff), so much so that crew park­ing was re­moved from the pier.

The Es­planade be­yond the cathe­dral. Due to Gana­van los­ing its iden­tity as a free car park, many tourists with car­a­vanettes use this area as a car park. Are we go­ing to chase tourists away?

And, fi­nally, At­lantis. Ow­ing to se­vere lack of free park­ing around Oban, At­lantis will no longer of­fer the op­por­tu­nity for lo­cals and tourists alike to park for any length of time with­out in­cur­ring charges.

Do we chase peo­ple away? Will tourists vis­it­ing the town drive in one end and out the other? It all re­mains to be seen.

Failte? Not yet. Not by a long mark.

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