Green light for playpark repairs

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Repairs to the sinking Oban Community Playpark are imminent after Argyll and Bute Council came to an agreement with Wicksteed Playgrounds in regards to the funding of the work.

A council spokesperson said: ‘An agreement has now been reached between the council and the contractor, which means that we will seek prices for the necessary repair work to be carried out on the understanding that the contractor will fund this work.’

The park for five- to 15-year-olds has been closed since March 2018 after it failed a safety inspection because sections of flooring had become hazardous.

A peaceful protest organised by Friends of Oban Community Playpark (FoOCP) to mark the one-year anniversary of the closure of the facility at Atlantis Leisure was due to take place on March 16 (11am) but has now been cancelled.

Lyndsay Elliott, chairwoman of FoOCP, is delighted that an agreement has been reached but said that a gathering may still take place to mark the passing of time.

‘It’s the right thing,’ she said, on hearing that an agreement had officially been reached.

‘Argyll and Bute Council have been great throughout this process but Wicksteed still need to understand how strong the community feel about the length of the closure.’

‘We want to remind all those involved in finding a solution why the community raised more than £180,000 to build the big playpark in the first place.’

Updates on the timetable and progress of the works will be published as they become available.