The Oban Times - - News -

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?

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