The Oban Times & WEST HIGH­LAND TIMES

The Oban Times - - LETTERS -

The on­go­ing saga of PMG Ser­vices, the engi­neer­ing com­pany evicted from its premises in North Con­nel, is con­tin­u­ing to rum­ble on.

Peter MacGre­gor, who owns the busi­ness, said that noth­ing has changed, and he is no closer to find­ing an al­ter­na­tive site. He was orig­i­nally told that there would be place for him in Oban air­port, but this fell through.

There has been con­sid­er­able sup­port for Mr MacGre­gor and his busi­ness, with a pe­ti­tion be­ing signed by close to 400 back­ers.

It is very un­der­stand­able that peo­ple want to see PMG Ser­vices suc­ceed. This is, af­ter all, a lo­cal com­pany em­ploy­ing lo­cal peo­ple, in­clud­ing two ap­pren­tices. Ru­ral ar­eas such as ours need good busi­nesses which pro­vide well-paid jobs.

How­ever, there is no es­cap­ing the fact that PMG Ser­vices was op­er­at­ing un­of­fi­cially, hav­ing failed to se­cure the cor­rect plan­ning per­mis­sion. There was also an in­quiry over­seen by a Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment re­porter which sup­ported the evic­tion, so there can be lit­tle com­plaint about the treat­ment.

Notwith­stand­ing that, it is im­por­tant that Mr MacGre­gor con­tin­ues to trade and we would urge Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil to do all it can to fa­cil­i­tate a so­lu­tion.

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