Oban town centre blighted by bin storage problem

Flashback to 2018 when rubbish bags were piled up in Oban's High Street.

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The appearance of Oban is being blighted by a ‘mess’ of bins’ everywhere, councillors have heard.

The topic came up at November’s meeting of Oban Community Council held via Zoom.

Member Sue Barnard said she was concerned that the array of bins on the streets gave a ‘really bad impression’ but accepted that there was a shortage of places for people to store them.

‘My goodness, it’s a real mess and I don’t know if something can be done about it or not, but it really gives a bad impression,’ she told the meeting.

Member Grant Nicholson agreed and said whenever a new business opened up another bin appeared on the street because there was no facility to store it indoors.

Andy Spence, BID4Oban’s chief executive, said Argyll and Bute Council had been approached with a proposal for some of the bins in Stevenson Street to be housed in a new bin store which could be built in the area.

‘Providing that is successful, we would be looking to roll that out across the rest of the town, and look at other sites, because I have to agree with you, it’s an absolute disgrace,’ he said.