We asked the questions on Facebook last week: Parking – are you struggling to find a space? What do you think the problems and the solutions are in Oban? And the issue prompted a lively response.
Morven Hunter suggested: ‘ Should have a park and ride before you get into Oban between town and Pennyfuir and stop campers coming in unless going to a campsite, this is what they do in Canada and it works well.’
David Livingstone wrote: ‘ Campers? There is at least two always parked near the War Memorial!’
Colline Mackiggan explained: ‘ Was in Oban last week and managed to get a space in High St ( there was a few ) .Probably because the rain was that heavy no one came out . Being local most of my life I know what it’s like especially in summer. Having been on holiday in Harrogate and other English resorts they have a park and ride, we had a motor home and we parked up and jumped on the bus ,great idea.’
Rebecca Neilson posted: ‘Have a daily rated car park, no business is able to get out every couple of hours to put a ticket on. A fair daily rate (like the train station do) would be fantastic. Still making money but less hassle for workers wether living in or out of town.
Allan Strang Jnr lamented: ‘ Parking been an issue for too long now . It’ll never be sorted in this generation. Park and ride failed along time ago as more and more cars are around now and it won’t be lessening any time soon.’
Christine MacDougall wondered: ‘ Would it be feasible to build a multi storey at old gas works.’
Colin Martin posted: ‘Considering that we are trying to attract people to the town, we need to vastly increase the amount of free parking places.
Steve Letford wrote: ‘ Those who use the hospital car park as a park and ride should be ashamed of themselves and should be fined heavily.’
Peter Miller offered: ‘multi car park would be great.’
Margaret Menassa agreed: ‘Definitely more spaces required a multi story would be easiest option.’
Hannah Karpinski proposed: ‘ Even just making George St free for first half an hour would be beneficial.’
Christine Houghton asked: ‘ How about opening school playgrounds in the holidays?’ Tom Smith urged: ‘Use a bike.’
Sharon Stenhouse said: ‘Need a simple, unified parking payment system. It’s currently so random and hard to understand. I would hate to be a foreign visitor trying to work it all out.’
Rebecca Barnham Smyth posted: ‘FREE park and ride or long stay parking in town is desperately needed, not only for visitors but for commuters too.
Lorna Wylie wrote: ‘Needs a multistory car park and a long stay car park. Long stay would be better situated out of town.’