Plan to lift car park charges for Christmas

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Pay-and-display charges at council-run off-street car parks across Oban look set to be suspended for three weeks in the run-up to Christmas.

A report going before Argyll and Bute Council has recommended off-street parking charges are suspended for the fortnight between November 28 to December 13 2020.

Following that, BID4Oban has secured funding to pay for December 14 to December 20.

The council will make a final decision on the proposals at its meeting today, Thursday November 26.

BID4Oban said it instigated the request and as a result of funding from the Scottish Government via the Scotland’s Towns Partnership, it is able to finance the additional week.

Andy Spence, BID4Oban chief executive, said: ‘This request is vitally important to the business community of Oban. It will go some way to encouraging people to shop safely and local in Oban at no cost.’

Mr Spence said he was delighted at the approach the council was taking in supporting the business community through partnership working.

The council report added: ‘This year, more than ever, with the ongoing pandemic, it is hoped the suspension of car parking charges will encourage residents to remain
within Argyll and Bute and shop local.’

The council will also vote on whether to suspend all off-street car parking charges across all areas of Argyll and Bute between December 11 and December 24 – providing a further boost to Oban.

The report added: ‘The estimated loss in car parking revenue for the two week period is
estimated to be approximately £20,000 however, it is considered the suspension of charges is considered to provide an overall benefit to the local economy.’

Notices will be displayed in council car parks, advising of the suspension of charges.