Playpark contract not yet signed

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Further delays to the ground works and drainage at Oban Community play park are expected as contractors George McNaughton and Son have not yet been given a contract to sign.

Work on the beleaguered site had been due to start in the middle of August with a view to having the big playpark open for the children to enjoy again during the October holiday.

Now into September, there has been no sign of any activity and on contacting Mr MacNaughton this week The Oban Times were told: ‘We can’t start the work because we haven’t had a contract to sign yet.’

The company director said that he had been told that his Lochgilphead-based business had won the contract but he had yet to receive any of the required documents.

‘I had workers laid aside a fortnight ago ready to start but we can’t begin the work without that bit of paper,’ he added.

Argyll and Bute Council came to an agreement with Wicksteed Playgrounds in regards to the funding of the essential repair work in March, with the contractors being selected following a ‘quick quote’ process, via the Scottish Government’s Public Contracts Scotland portal at the end of April.

A statement from the council at the end of July confirmed that MacNaughton had been appointed as the contractor and that they, the council, expected the park to be open again for the October school holidays.

Following an inquiry from the Oban Times this week, however, an Argyll and Bute Council spokesperson said: ‘We had hoped to have the playpark open in time for the October school holidays.

‘However, this will now not be the case and we apologise for this delay.

‘We are working hard behind the scenes to schedule this work and we will provide an update as soon as we can.

‘Once again, we’d like to thank the community for their patience and to reassure them everything possible is being done to get the playpark open just as soon as possible.’

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.