At random with Martin Laing 31.10.19

Lyndsay Elliott was delighted to see the workmen swing into action.

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What a farce

So, repair work to Oban Community Playpark has finally started, as we reported last week.

Lochgilphead-based firm George McNaughton and Son moved in last Tuesday to begin the initial groundwork.

With a bit of luck, the is the beginning of the end of what has been an enduring farce. Or maybe it’s the end of the beginning.

According to our sources, the new flooring is scheduled to be laid during the week starting November 11 although the dates are weather dependent.

For those who don’t know, 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.

The fact that work has now begun is in large part down to the admirably dogged determination of Lyndsay Elliott, chairperson of the Friends of Oban Community Playpark. In a statement of colossal understatement, Lyndsay told us: ‘It is a great relief to all involved that the diggers are now on site.’

Not before time. Fingers crossed the work is completed soon. And well done, Lyndsay, for not giving up in the face of ridiculous ineptitude.

Let’s be patient

The resurfacing of stretches of George Street in Oban is scheduled to begin on Monday next week.

I have heard concerns voiced from a number of people about the level of disruption likely to be caused as a result.

I’m sure their fears will be realised. However, these works are essential given the shoddy condition of the road surface in many places. It will be short-term pain for long-term gain.

We will all just have to be patient.

But on the subject of George Street, I was emailed very politely by Calum Farquharson of BEAR Scotland about the manhole cover outside Cuan Mhor I mentioned recently. Calum assured me that work was due to start this week ahead of the resurfacing.

By the time you read this, it might be done. Watch this space.

What do you think?

Write to me at or The Oban Times, Crannog Lane, Oban, PA34 4HB, or call 01631 568021.