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Oban parking review will look at revenue raised

Roddie McCuishA potential cash boost of almost £500,000 from parking charges in Oban has been put on hold by a council committee,as a Helensburgh councillor calls for all parking charges raised in each area’s towns to be given to the area committees to spend and suggests reducing the time locals pay for parking.

Oban Lorn and the Isles area committee chairman Councillor Roddy McCuish said such a plan went ‘too far’but has called for a review on parking in Oban,which might well include keeping revenue raised in the town.

For more on this story see The Oban Times,October 30 2014 –also online at www.obantimes.co.uk/digital

Lochaber boxer Watson lifts Scottish title

adam watsonLochaber Phoenix Boxing Club have a new champion in their ranks as Adam Watson became Scottish novice middleweight champion at Ravenscraig in Motherwell last weekend.

After reaching the final stages last weekend he progressed to the title in some style.

See the Fort William edition of The Oban Times,October 30 2104,which is also online at www.obantimes.co.uk/digital,for the full story.

Skye councillor defends social media post

drew millarA Highland councillor has defended ‘anti-Islamic’ photos he shared online after they were called ‘wholly unacceptable’ by his former Liberal Democrat colleagues.

Councillor Drew Millar,who represents the Isle of Skye,resigned from the party last week when members of the Highland branch said images he shared on social media were not in keeping with the party’s values.

Read the full story in The Oban Times,October 30 2014. Also available online at www.obantimes.co.uk/digital

New councillor calls for cross-party co-operation

iain stewart macleanThe newly-elected SNP councillor for the Oban North and Lorn ward has called for cross-party co-operation in the wake of the independence referendum.

Iain Stewart MacLean,North Connel,won the Argyll and Bute council by-election at stage four of the count when independent candidate Stephanie Irvine,Connel,was last to be eliminated.

See the full interview with Oban’s newest councillor in The Oban Times,October 30 2014. Also available online at www.obantimes.co.uk/digital

BID4Oban welcomes new chairman

Graeme Bass BID4OBANThe appointment of a risk management expert to the role of chairman may be a prudent one by BID4Oban as it prepares to deliver an ambitious business plan.

The community business  company has announced Graeme Bass,the senior account executive at Clark Thomson,insurance brokers,will take over from out-going chairman John Forteith.

David MacGregor of Simmers &Co will succeed Alister Jackson as vice-chairman.

For more on this new appointment see The Oban Times,October 30 2014,also online at www.obantimes.co.uk/digital


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