Oban Bay trust port

The Oban Times - - YOUR VIEWS -

Fol­low­ing last week’s pub­lic meet­ing to dis­cuss the con­trol of Oban Bay, where the re­sults of a sur­vey were dis­cussed, vol­un­teers are now in­ves­ti­gat­ing the fea­si­bil­ity of run­ning the bay as a trust port.

Out of 550 peo­ple sur­veyed, 63 per cent voted for a trust port man­aged by an in­de­pen­dent lo­cal board, 15 per cent wanted a coun­cil-run mu­nic­i­pal har­bour, and only seven per cent were in favour of a sin­gle user, which would see CalMac’s ferry and port-own­ing sis­ter com­pany Cale­do­nian Mar­itime As­sets Lim­ited ex­pand­ing its har­bour area to ab­sorb the area cur­rently man­aged by Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil.

Oban Bay Man­age­ment Group (OBMG) has now en­dorsed the pro­posal, but this is where the hard work re­ally be­gins as the group must demon­strate sus­tain­able gov­er­nance and fi­nance. If it is un­able to do so, the op­tions of a coun­cil-run mu­nic­i­pal har­bour or CMAL tak­ing over as a sin­gle user will be looked at.

OBMG should be com­mended for hav­ing lis­tened to pub­lic opin­ion, and we would hope that a col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach can be taken to en­sure that the man­age­ment and safety of Oban Bay ben­e­fits every­one, not just the few.

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