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Lochaber food bank feeds 400

food bank lochaberLochaber’s food bank has fed more than 400 people in its first year of service.

The Fort William charity has given the equivalent of 3,681 meals to those in need since it opened last November but manager Alec McConachie said the number of people relying on the help is on the rise.

See the full story in The Oban Times,November 27 2104,also online at www.obantimes.co.uk/digital

Moves to prevent further flooding at Oban cemetery

pennyfuir cemeteryA graveyard that was knee deep in water following heavy rainfall is now at the centre of a joint operation to protect the cemetery from future flooding.

Visitors to Pennyfuir cemetery in Oban said the area closest to the A85 trunk road was at least ‘knee deep in water’ with torrents running off the nearby busy carriageway.

For more see The Oban Times,November 27 2014,also online at www.obantimes.co.uk/digital

Share your views on the new Oban high school

Oban High School new layoutThe team behind the new Oban high school project is keen to hear the views of people in the community.

The proposed location for the town’s new high school is within the existing school site and land to the north east,at existing grass playing pitches at Dalintart/Glencruitten.At the public event,people will be able to see outlines of the sites of the brand new school buildings,associated car parks,playing fields,outbuildings and bus drop-off areas.  They will also have the chance to meet members of the project team and ask questions.

The public events are part of a pre-application consultation which allows members of the public to view the initial proposals and make comments before any planning application is submitted.

At the planning application stage there will be more opportunities for people to share their views.

The Oban High School event will take place on Tuesday December 2 in the McCaig Suite,Corran Halls,Oban between 10am and 8pm.

Anyone unable to go can still have their say by looking at the proposals online at www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/investing-future-new-schools-argyll-and-bute and writing to Ryder Architecture,221 West George Street,Glasgow G2 2ND before December 9.

For more news from Oban and the West highlands and islands see The Oban Times every Thursday,also online at www.obantimes.co.uk/digital

Oban MMA first time champions

Oban mmaMixed martial art fighters  from Oban have managed a shock upset in a national jiu-jitsu tournament,winning three medals after just 12 weeks’ preparation.

The fighters from Oban Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) travelled to Motherwell  to take part in Scotland’s premier Brazilian jiu-jitsu event,the
Scotia Cup.

See more details in The Oban Times,November 27 2014,also online at www.obantimes.co.uk/digital

Open meetings to view old Rockfield plans

Rockfield Primary School ObanThe group behind a plan to create a community hub at the former Rockfield primary school has revealed its plans for the building.

Oban Communities Trust believes The Rockfield Centre will become a workshop for artists and small businesses in a first phase of the project.

The trust is inviting members of the public to go along and see the plans at two open sessions in one of the huts on Wednesday December 3 from 12-2.30pm and 4-7pm.

See The Oban Times every Thursday and also online at www.obantimes.co.uk/digital


Do you think child poverty is on the increase in the West Highlands?

  • Yes (72%,34 Votes)
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