Work starts on community playpark

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Repair work to Oban Community Playpark has finally started, with Lochgilphead-based civil engineers George McNaughton and Son moving in on Tuesday to dig into the initial groundwork.

The new flooring is scheduled to be laid on the week commencing November 11 although the dates are very much weather dependent.

Lyndsay Elliott, chairperson of the Friends of Oban Community Playpark group, said: ‘It is a great relief to all involved that the diggers are now on site.’

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.

Work to re-open the area has stalled on multiple occasions. Argyll and Bute Council appointed George McNaughton and Son to carry out the contract in July this year but the civil engineers were unable to start as they had not been presented with the official paperwork to sign.