Campervan facility for Oban ‘that nobody wants’

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A search for a site in Oban to house a waste disposal facility for visiting campervans has so far drawn a blank.

The unit, which is used for emptying toilet cassettes in campervans and caravans, is designed to avoid waste being disposed of in the environment, such as Ganavan, a meeting heard.

But despite a number of inquiries, BID chief executive Andy Spence told councillors that it had proved ‘extremely difficult’ finding anyone prepared to take it on.

He told a meeting of Oban Community Council on Monday: ‘We have £10,000 funding to install this and supply this for the town, and we all know the issues caused last year. Basically no one wants it located on their premises.’

It was suggested that the Pennyfuir Wastewater Treatment Works could be a potential location. It was manned, had good access and was out of the way, the meeting heard.

Mr Spence said the preference had been to site it at Lochavullin where campervans park up opposite Tesco. Ideally though, the facility needed to be located in a manned petrol filling station to ensure it was maintained, clean and not vandalised, he said.

Georgina Reid, a corporate affairs manager for Scottish Water, told the meeting that the company regularly worked with and supported the developers of campervan waste disposal points and that some funding was available from the Scottish Government.

Community council member Laura Corbe said the wastewater site at Pennyfuir was the ‘only sensible place’ to site it. ‘You’ll discover that nobody else wants it in town,’ she said. ‘They do smell, I know that people say they don’t, but they do. I’ve seen a lot of them and not one of them has been manned and I think that’s totally unnecessary to think they do need it manned. Everybody knows how to use them.’

Mr Spence agreed to pursue it with Scottish Water. Councillor Roddy McCuish said: ‘How ironic is it that Andy has this funding and we are struggling to spend it? For goodness sake we’ve got the funding, it’s a stepping stone to doing something and let’s stop beating about the bush and find a location.’