The Oban Times & West High­land Times

The Oban Times - - Letters -

The con­cerns be­ing ex­pressed by res­i­dents, vis­i­tors and busi­nesses over a short­age of park­ing spa­ces in cen­tral Oban are very un­der­stand­able.

There are, un­de­ni­ably, prob­lems with find­ing somewhere to park in the town cen­tre. In­deed, ho­tel guests at es­tab­lish­ments such as the Columba and new Perle (for­merly the Cale­do­nian) have gen­uine difficulty lo­cat­ing any­where to park close to their ac­com­mo­da­tion.

The very fact that guests are be­ing ad­vised to park at Pen­ny­fuir ceme­tery and be trans­ported into town by their hotels is highly un­sat­is­fac­tory for all con­cerned. As a re­sult, these vis­i­tors are park­ing in what­ever spa­ces they can find around the town cen­tre. That has a knockon ef­fect for res­i­dents who have paid for coun­cil park­ing per­mits but can­not find spa­ces close to their homes.

The prob­lem has arisen, in part at least, be­cause of the work that is on­go­ing at the car park by the Columba Ho­tel in re­la­tion to the new pon­toons be­ing in­stalled at the North Pier. That is a short-term prob­lem (and only a small part of the is­sue) that will be re­solved when the work is com­plete but, with the high sea­son al­most upon us, a long-term so­lu­tion is needed ur­gently.

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