Yacht club car park rules clar­i­fied

The Oban Times - - News -

CON­FU­SION over car park­ing rules at Lochaber Yacht Club ap­pears to have been cleared up this week.

The Lochaber Times was con­tacted by a reader who said any feel­ings of com­mu­nity spirit she had pre­vi­ously had been ‘se­verely tar­nished’ af­ter her car was de­lib­er­ately blocked in by some­one at the club last Thurs­day.

Sarah Gray said she parks at the club ev­ery morn­ing to walk her dog, but un­for­tu­nately had an un­pleas­ant ex­change with a club mem­ber af­ter be­ing blocked in.

De­spite not be­ing a mem­ber of the club, Sarah said she quite of­ten parks her car in its car park for half an hour as long as it is not busy. She has also com­peted in both the ju­nior and se­nior Loch Linnhe swims on many oc­ca­sions and had ‘en­joyed the use of the fan­tas­tic fa­cil­i­ties at Lochaber Yacht Club af­ter­wards’.

Mrs Gray said: ‘Un­for­tu­nately, we had had a fam­ily be­reave­ment the night be­fore and I was quickly walk­ing the dog down by the loch on my way to Glas­gow to pick up my brother and bring him home for the fu­neral.

‘I came back to the car to find I had been blocked in by a mem­ber of the club who, when po­litely asked to move his ve­hi­cle, flatly and rudely re­fused. I ex­plained my cir­cum­stances, to no avail, while he threat­ened me with leav­ing his car in situ and even re­port­ing my pres­ence to the po­lice.

‘Even­tu­ally, he re­lented and al­lowed me to leave.’

Speak­ing to the Lochaber Times, Mrs Gray said she would be happy to pay a club mem­ber­ship or con­trib­ute to the car park main­te­nance if it was an op­tion.

She said: ‘I would be de­lighted to con­trib­ute to the club if that’s its pol­icy for park­ing, but I don’t know the rules.

‘A lot of peo­ple have had sim­i­lar prob­lems be­cause they are not sure what’s al­lowed. It’s such a shame be­cause it’s a lo­cal club. A lot of tourists use the car park and I wouldn’t want them to be given the same treat­ment I was. I hope we can find a friendly so­lu­tion.’ Lochaber Yacht Club spoke to the

Lochaber Times to try to clear up the sit­u­a­tion. Com­modore Hamish Loudon said: ‘The en­tire area be­longs to the yacht club and the car park is not free. It is for club mem­bers. We are about to em­bark on re­pair­ing the car park, which is cost­ing a lot.

‘The car park seems to be re­garded as free, but we have to be care­ful be­cause we need to be fair to our mem­bers who pay to use the fa­cil­i­ties.

‘We are not here to make money like coun­cil-run car parks but we need to pro­tect the in­ter­ests of our mem­bers. The club doesn’t want to be anti-so­cial but it’s a del­i­cate bal­anc­ing act to make sure peo­ple who want to come down and park to take a boat out are able to.

‘Any­one wish­ing to be­come a mem­ber of the club can fill out a form on our web­site.’

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