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Verge cutting responsibilities passed from pillar to post

Oban councillor Neil MacIntyreAn Oban councillor has hit out at a local authority decision to move responsibility for cutting grass verges from one department to another following a series of delays in the 2014 schedule.

Councillor for Oban South and the Isles,Neil MacIntyre,was critical of the change which meant Argyll and Bute council’s cash-strapped amenity services took on the job from the roads department.

Read the full details in The Oban Times edition of December 25 2014 (out December 23). Available on line at www.obantimes.co.uk/digital

Oban tills ring to the sound of cash

christmas shopping obanThe Oban Times took to the town centre of Oban to find out first-hand from local stores if sales had lived up to their expectations and what items were catching the imagination of shoppers in the town as they stuffed their bags with Christmas presents.

Early indications were very encouraging with some shops talking about Christmas trade as being on a par with summer.

See what they said in The Oban Times edition of December 25 2014 (out December 23),also available online at www.obantimes.co.uk/digital

Lochaber leisure services given stay of execution

Fort William Nevis CentreLochaber leisure facilities have been thrown a short-term lifeline from Highland council budget cuts but the future is uncertain as they will soon have to bid for funding in what one councillor called ‘a beauty contest’.

Members agreed to protect the third party grant budget for culture,leisure and learning services this year but plan to slash the funding by 50 per cent in the next four years.

See the full story in The Oban Times edition of December 25 2014 (out December 23). Also available online at www.obantimes.co.uk/digital

Argyll crime novelist's short story in The Oban Times

Denzil MeyrickDenzil Meyrick,a former Campbeltown Grammar pupil,is an up-and-coming novelist in the world of crime fiction.

After his debut novel Whisky From Small Glasses and sequel The Last Witness received rave reviews in the UK,his books are due to be released in America next year.

The Oban Times is delighted to release The Silent Man,a two-part short story for your enjoyment over the festive period.

See The Oban Times of December 25 2014 (out December 23) also online at www.obantimes.co.uk/digital for the first part.

Highland council cuts decision imminent

Fort William Nevis CentreHighland councillors are deciding today,December 18,  whether to back budget cuts worth £42 million,which could lead to the closure of Lochaber events venue Nevis Centre.

Local authority members were due to gather in Inverness this morning (Thursday) to discuss proposed changes in services from schools to leisure,in an attempt to plug part of the £64 million funding gap.

For more on this story,see The Oban Times, December 18 2o14,also available online at www.obantimes.co.uk/digital


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