Views sought ahead of A-Board summit

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BID4Oban will meet officials from Argyll and Bute Planning Department today (June 27) to discuss the current situation with A-Boards located around the town centre.

Earlier this year the Oban Times reported on the council removing ‘unauthorised’ boards without prior warning.

BID4Oban is now proposing that additional authorised information boards are installed in various locations across the town.

‘We are in consultation with the council as to what we will be allowed to do,’ said BID4Oban chief executive Andrew Spence.

The group believes A-Boards are particularly important for any business located off the main traffic routes, including Stevenson Street, High Street, Craigard Road, Albany Street and Combie Street.

‘There will be other locations not listed here,’ continued Mr Spence. ‘We want to look at where businesses are located and provide an advertising opportunity for them at minimal cost. We do not seek to profit from the advertising.’

For businesses that already have A-Boards, BID4Oban will clarify with the council as to how these will be managed.

‘This is a consultation and we would like to hear the views of any business that may have concerns,’ added Mr Spence. ‘In addition to the above, we have put forward a proposal to renew directional signs across the entire town. Again, we would like to hear of any ideas people may have.’

Both projects are subject to additional funding being available from the Scottish Government Regeneration Fund as well as money from BID4Oban.

The council is committed to minimising BID4Oban costs in relation to implementing new advertising.

Anyone wanting to provide feedback can contact Mr Spence by emailing: info@bid4oban.co.uk or call 01631 569915. A current policy on the use of signs is available on the BID4Oban website at bid4oban.co.uk/files/8915/5325/8108/AB_Street_Signage_Policey.pdf