On-street parking causes Oban mayhem

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Parked cars clogging up Oban streets have triggered a tirade of angry rants from fed-up residents.

The lack of free parking and no long-stay provision is being blamed for tourists and workers leaving their vehicles, often for weeks at a time, wherever they can find an on-street spot – from small cul-de-sacs such as Hazeldean Crescent to the viewpoint at Pulpit Hill. Even the hospital car park is being misused.

Other affected streets include Miller Road, Longsdale Road, Croft Avenue, Sinclair Drive, Quarry Road, Branksome Park, Ardconnel Road, Soroba Terrace and Crannog Lane.

In Glencruitten Road, frustrated residents left hand-written notes on cars causing congestion earlier this week. ‘How inconsiderate of you to park on this very narrow and busy road. Have you any idea of the traffic disruption you cause while you are away?’ said one.

Ada Daley, who contacted The Oban Times, said: ‘There’s been some horrific very near misses with a pram and little children. People are dodging in and out of traffic. Buses having to reverse, huge log lorries just managing to squeeze through. Someone is going to get hurt soon.’

Hannah Cringles, who lives in Hazeldean Crescent, said Oban’s parking issue is ‘a complete joke’. She had cars left outside her home for two weeks until they finally left on Monday. Her post on Facebook this week attracted 55 comments.

Ms Cringles said: ‘The parking on Mossfield Hill is also incredibly frustrating. I drive that route on working days. I’ve had a few near misses due to not being able to see other cars or pedestrians. I’m 100 per cent sure all this is down to the lack of free or accessible parking in town. I need to use my car daily with my childcare but if I wasn’t able to park at work, I would be lost. The cost of parking is extortionate in town.’

Oban resident Derek Grier is asking people living in the Longsdale area to Facebook him photos of problem cars with dates and times so he can represent his neighbourhood at the next community council meeting.

Some residents pay for parking permits but that does not guarantee a space. Sharon Carmichael Alexander, who lives in George Street, had to drive round four times looking for a space while her three-month-old baby was crying for a feed. Desperate, she parked outside McDougall’s further up her street and got a parking ticket.

Argyll and Bute councillor Roddy McCuish said: ‘This whole parking regime will be reviewed in one year and we have to get it right next time.’