MP in talks on economic regeneration of Oban area
ARGYLL and Bute MP Brendan O’Hara has met Argyll and Bute Council’s economic development team leader Fergus Murray to discuss initiatives to boost the area’s economy.
Mr O’Hara and Mr Murray met in Oban to tour the various redevelopment projects under way in and around Oban and Connel, including the new transit berthing facility, proposed housing redevelopment and the prominent and recent aquaculture investments in the Argyll coastline.
Mr O’Hara said: ‘I was delighted to see the work already well under way to reinvigorate Oban and the surrounding area. The future for what is after all a university town is inspirational.
‘Argyll and Bute is probably one of the best placed constituencies to take advantage of the boom in marine tourism, our coastline exceeding that of the whole of France. It stands to reason that our economy should take advantage of all that our marine environment has to offer.
‘Not only do we have an exceptionally scenic coastline and townships but also our access to an immense natural resource that our surrounding waters can offer. The developments in and around Oban is nothing short of inspiring.
‘I do feel Argyll and Bute is on the cusp of becoming a beacon for marine and maritime industries, while retaining our heritage assets. What’s not to like?
‘Working in tandem with other agencies such as Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the future and potential for the second biggest constituency in the UK is immense.
‘Oban has a distinct buzz about it. Things are happening and I’m really excited for the town. Of course, there are many challenges – but if we all get behind the potential of the town and have a realistic conversation about what the challenges are and how to address them, everyone stands to benefit.’
Brendan O’Hara and Fergus Murray visit the new transit berths in Oban with Michelle Van der Stighelen, the MP’s parliamentary assistant, and Kirsteen McDonald, project manager, Oban berths.