Depot work frees up more land for new Oban businesses

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Work has now started on the £1.4million redevelopment of Oban’s council depot, which will free up land at Mill Park for a new business and industry opportunities.

The work on Jackson’s Quarry roads depot means all essential operational services for Oban, Lorn and the Isles will be delivered from the one site, creating ‘some much-needed development land for Oban which will help local businesses grow and succeed, and bring much needed jobs to Argyll and Bute’, says Councillor Ellen Morton, deputy policy lead for roads and amenity services.

Work on the depot is scheduled to be complete by the end of the year and Luddon Construction Ltd, which is the main contractor, will be using local subcontractors throughout the project.

Those behind the scheme say accommodation providers in the town will receive a boost from workers staying in the town during the development and there will also be a job created for one unemployed person from the area during the contract.

A four-week work experience placement will be offered to two school pupils interested in a career in construction and a class visit will be organised once the project is finished.

The depot will have a new four-bay fleet workshop to keep the council’s bin lorries, roads equipment and gritters on the road.

There will also be a  modern office and meeting room facility, and the site will be expanded, with new hard-standing and drainage to make a parking area for all vehicles.

The contract value for the new depot development is covered by the council’s insurance following the fire at Mill Park.

Pulling together all the council’s operations into one site means the Mill Park depot site will be available for development.  During construction at Jackson’s Quarry, the Mill Park site will be used for storage and vehicle parking. Once that is complete, the council will explore how best to develop Mill Park as a site for business and industry.

Councillor Morton added: ‘It takes a lot of time and planning to get to this stage and I would like to thank everyone for their hard work.

‘Bringing all our teams together in one place will help us to deliver our services more efficiently and more effectively.

Jordan Keatings, divisional manager of Luddon Construction Ltd, said as work gets under way, and throughout the construction period, they will make every effort to avoid or minimise disruption to the local community as well as keeping them up to date.

He added: ‘We intend to engage with local labour, contractors and suppliers for much of the resource requirements of the project.’