Paying for parking needs to be made easier in Oban, says BID4Oban

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Paying for parking needs to be easier for visitors, according BID4Oban’s chief executive.

Andrew Spence made the comments after a member of the public voiced his annoyance about on-street parking at the Oban Community Council meeting last week.

The man told the meeting that people have been leaving their cars on Miller Road for days at a time, with some being left for a fortnight.

He added: ‘The parking charges are far too dear. We want visitors to come to the town, but I am afraid we will see them going away because they can’t park.’

Mr Spence of BID4Oban’s said: ‘It is not easy to park for more than the designated time in any of our public car parks.’

He stated that as it stands, you cannot pay for anything past 6pm in the Oban car parks.

‘There is no signs up to say how you can park for more than a day,’ he added. ‘You can go online and buy a permit for a full week, but you are not making it easy for our visitors.

‘The other issue we have is if you want to park you must enter the time in minutes. If you want to park for two hours, that is 120 minutes, but if you want to park from 9am until 6pm, how many minutes is that?’

Mr Spence reiterated that we are not making it easy for people: ‘People want to pay using an app on their phone,’ he added.

‘We were assured that something would be put in place by the start of the summer season. If I was a tourist coming to town, I would not want to chance parking my car where I could get a £70 parking ticket.’

Another member of the public said: ‘I don’t think there is any signs anywhere that alerts people that there are two hours free. I think if you advertised that, people would be happy to pay for extra time.’

Councillor Elaine Robertson said: ‘There will be a parking review at the end of the summer and all these issues can be addressed.’

Community councillor, Neil MacIntyre said it is a different problem at Miller Road.

‘We highlighted the school teachers parking there. There’s school cars on the bend,’ he said.

The police officer in attendance said that any cars causing an obstruction would be lifted and asked the community to report any obstructions by calling 101.

Roddy McCuish said: ‘The teachers have to stop parking at Miller Road. They have a car park with 185 spaces there.’

Kieron Green said: ‘People don’t use it to avoid going through the Soroba Road lights. This is people not prepared to wait for a minute or two longer. They choose to park in a residential area instead of a free car park.’