WHITE VAN Man
THE breakwater for Oban Marina has arrived and is now in position at the North Pier.
The project is almost complete, but at the last minute there are claims and counter claims about the impact it will have on Dunstaffnage Marina.
It has been said that despite the figures given by Argyll and Bute Council for the number of yachts able to berth in Oban Bay that these numbers are incorrect and many more boats will be able to berth, taking business away from Dunstaffnage Marina. So who is telling porkies? Could we please have a clear answer to this as jobs at Dunstaffnage Marina are under threat, according to the owners.
Was it not the case that Oban Marina was planned to be a transit marina? A Tesco, Aldi and Lidl bus stop, where the ‘yachty’ fraternity would sail in, get their stores and depart to Dunstaffnage or wherever.
But now this does not seem to be the case as the berthing time limit in Oban is three days. So will this also have an effect on other marinas locally? Will yachts depart Oban after three days for Mull, the Hebrides etc?
Feelings among the working people I have spoken to in Oban is that they don’t care what happens to the marina as they feel it will not benefit them.
What I can’t understand is why after so many public consultations this is now rearing its ugly head.
Maybe Argyll and Bute Council could ask Highland Council for some advice. I note Fort William’s new shopping complex is well under way on the North Road, its new police/ambulance station is up and running and has been for some considerable time.
Come on Oban ‘pull your socks up’. For once, can we complete something without a political punch up?