Parking survey prompts community councillors into action

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An online survey on parking charges has prompted Oban Community Council into demanding an urgent response from Argyll and Bute Council.

Community councillor Laura Corbe ran the survey through the new Oban Community Council Discussion Group Facebook page and reported ‘interesting, though not entirely surprising, results’.

Ms Corbe reported back to Monday night’s meeting of Oban Community Council, saying that after only a few days there had been 160 responses to the survey, the feedback from which will be given to Argyll and Bute Council as part of its review into the Traffic Regulation Order in the town.

‘Unsurprisingly, 83 per cent of people who responded are unhappy with parking in the town,’ she added.

‘Particular areas of concern were Rockfield Road, sections of Gallanach Road and Miller Road, while there were conflicting views on central on-road parking. Should we be discouraging the use of cars or extending free parking areas?’

Ms Corbe also reported there had been several requests for safer cycling routes and bike stands in town.

Community councillor Duncan Martin said there was supposed to be a meeting with Argyll andf Bute Council at the start of December but he had not been given a date yet.

‘Most people accept now that we have to pay something. It’s what we have to pay and how we pay it that is under scrutiny,’ said Mr Martin.

Andrew Spence from BID4Oban underlined the need for a solution to some, if not all of the issues, telling the meeting he had been chasing the council on these matters since January 2018, only to have his concerns ‘falling on deaf ears’.

‘Oban will lose business if we do not take action and hold the council to account,’ said Mr Spence.

While discussion took place, Mr Martin emailed council officers to request a date for a meeting as early as next week.

The parking survey is currently live and can be found on the Oban Community Discussion Group Facebook page. The group is also working on a plan to reach people who do not use or have digital platforms.