Town Team vol­un­teer gives lane a new lease of life

The Oban Times - - News -

A VOL­UN­TEER from Fort Wil­liam Town Team has given a run- down lane a new lease of life in time for sum­mer.

Cinema Lane, one of the first places peo­ple park­ing in View­forth car park see as they make their way to Fort Wil­liam High Street, had been look­ing worse for wear, with graf­fiti and a rot­ting door greet­ing pedes­tri­ans. The town team had been mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion and de­cided re­cently some­thing needed to be done. At last week’s meet­ing, sec­re­tary Sue Keen said she had writ­ten to the owner of the restau­rant with the rot­ting door twice and mem­bers of the team had vis­ited the restau­rant to ask about re­pairs, with no suc­cess.

Ms Keen said: ‘It’s one of the first parts of town peo­ple will see and it’s not a good wel­come to the town. We try to en­cour­age peo­ple to take pride in the area.’

Fort Wil­liam and Ard­na­mur­chan ward man­ager Dot Fer­gu­son in­formed the team that as the build­ing is pri­vately owned, there was noth­ing the High­land Coun­cil could do, un­less it was pos­ing a dan­ger. How­ever, town team vol­un­teer James Kennedy ar­ranged with the owner he would tidy up the lane and give it a fresh coat of paint. Mr Kennedy told the Lochaber Times the owner had agreed to give a do­na­tion to­wards the cost of get­ting the work done. ‘The lane looks bet­ter al­ready,’ he said. ‘It makes quite a dif­fer­ence.’

Sarah Kennedy, of Fort Wil­liam Ma­rina and Shore­line Com­pany, said: ‘We want ev­ery­one to make a good im­pres­sion on vis­i­tors to Fort Wil­liam, so any work to make shops look nice is ap­pre­ci­ated.’

The Lochaber Times thanks Mr Kennedy and the town team for paint­ing its of­fice’s side of the lane.

James Kennedy paints over graf­fiti in Cinema Lane.

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