New park­ing plans for Oban

The Oban Times - - News - DAVID MCPHEE dm­cphee@oban­

PARK­ING in Oban is to change and mo­torists are to get their say on the pro­posed al­ter­ations.

The changes were re­vealed at the Oban, Lorn and the Isles Area Com­mit­tee meet­ing last Wed­nes­day and will be ad­ver­tised to the pub­lic in mid-July.

On-street park­ing pro­pos­als in­clude in­tro­duc­ing a 30-minute free pe­riod on Ge­orge Street, Cor­ran Es­planade, Wil­liam Street, Queen’s Park Place and Ar­gyll Square.

How­ever, on-street park­ing charges will be in­tro­duced on Gal­lanach Road - from the sail­ing club to Brandy Rock - and Cor­ran Es­planade - Glen­righ to the war me­mo­rial.

The off-street park­ing pro­pos­als will see Gana­van, Lochavullin and At­lantis Leisure Cen­tre car parks charged all-year-round, with the first two hours free, from Mon­day to Satur­day from 9am to 6pm and from 1pm un­til 6pm on Sun­days.

Coun­cil­lor Roddy McCuish also pointed out there is free park­ing at Moss­field, which is not in the re­port. And when the new school is built, there will be up to 80 spa­ces avail­able there.

A coun­cil of­fi­cer told the meet­ing: ‘We have had work­shops with elected mem­bers, in­vited com­ments and views from the pub­lic and we’re about to ad­ver­tise them for­mally.

‘We will then bring them back to the area com­mit­tee for fur- ther con­sul­ta­tion once we have ad­ver­tised.’

Coun­cil­lor for Oban South and the Isles, Mr McCuish, said: ‘I am glad to see this com­ing for­ward.

‘The only thing I would sug­gest is we use that fund­ing for ex­tra amenity war­dens. I would like them to start at around 2pm. The ma­jor­ity of of­fences start when the war­den fin­ishes – camper­vans com­ing in at 5pm to 6pm and leav­ing be­fore 8am. ‘I think there’s an op­por­tu­nity to look at our Mill­park de­pot that burned down. It could be used to get some park­ing off the street.’

Coun­cil­lor McCuish added: ‘The only so­lu­tion for Oban is a multi-storey car park. It would cost maybe £ 5 mil­lion, but we would get our money back.’

Some con­cern was raised over the new £1 coins not be­ing ac­cepted by var­i­ous park­ing me­ters in the town.

Coun­cil­lor for Oban South and the Isles Jamie McGrigor said: ‘Is there any chance of the park­ing me­ters tak­ing cards? It has be­come the mod­ern way to do it.’

To which a coun­cil of­fi­cer re­sponded: ‘For the cards to work prop­erly, we need a tele­phone wire or 3G or 4G.

‘ We are re­ally keen to do that, but we are held back a lit­tle by tech­nol­ogy.

‘The real is­sue is get­ting a sig­nal. We have a trial tak­ing place in He­lens­burgh.’

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