Town canopy plans pro­gress­ing

The Oban Times - - News -

FORT Wil­liam Town Team is mov­ing for­ward with plans for a canopy over the town’s Cameron Square.

At a meet­ing of the Town Team on Mon­day April 10, it was re­vealed mem­bers of the team met out­door fur­ni­ture com­pany Broxap, which has agreed to pre­pare four dif­fer­ent de­sign op­tions for the canopy.

Town Team sec­re­tary Sue Keen said she is hop­ing to have the de­signs by the end of this week, at which point lo­cal stake­hold­ers can be con­sulted about which de­sign they would like to use.

The plan now is to have a canopy cov­er­ing only the top part of the square, where per­form­ers will be pro­tected, in the hope this will be less con­tro­ver­sial and have less op­po­si­tion from busi­nesses than the orig­i­nal plan, which had to be with­drawn.

Town Team chair­woman Moira Robin­son said: ‘ We need to com­pro­mise.’

Ms Keen added they have been ad­vised by Broxap to keep the canopy de­sign quite low.

The first de­sign is a canopy cov­er­ing only the back of the square. The sec­ond is sim­i­lar to the orig­i­nal de­sign that the coun­cil nearly got per­mis­sion for. There will also be a more tra­di­tional canopy, based on the one cur­rently in House of Bruar, and the fi­nal op­tion will re­sem­ble the canopy at Gretna Green out­let vil­lage.

The Town Team, in con­junc­tion with the High­land Coun­cil, is also look­ing into getting spe­cial­ist paint and re­paint­ing the Ch­ester­field fur­ni­ture set in Cameron Square be­cause trea­surer Jackie Clif­ford said it had ‘at­tracted some neg­a­tive com­ments’.

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