Ganavan groups need to get ideas together

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Groups working up plans to enhance Ganavan need to get together.

A call has come from Oban Community Council to organise some way of  bringing all the various Ganavan groups together so they can present their ideas to the public.

Concerns were raised at the community council’s February meeting that different community groups had different ideas for enhancing land within Argyll and Bute Council’s remit at the popular spot that is much loved by townspeople and visitors.

It was claimed one group had been talking about an ‘asset transfer’ of land and had been measuring up for offices.

Councillor Roddy McCuish suggested groups getting ‘under the one gazebo’ when Covid restrictions allow so they can put their ideas to the public.

‘What disappoints me is that perhaps there are organisations already looking at doing something with Ganavan. That’s fine but be open about it.’

Councillor Elaine Robertson reminded the meeting there were two issues affecting Ganavan, firstly the section of it being included in the latest Local Development Plan as a possible development area and then the ideas that community groups have for enhancing the part that the council ‘owns’.

Oban community councillor Duncan Martin told the meeting: ‘People need something concrete to look at. Whether it’s Adventure Oban’s ideas, the wartime mural or just to keep it minimalistic with the toilets. It needs putting on paper and going on display so people can take a look at any plans – along with the full knowledge of the burdens from when land was gifted to the community, otherwise it’s all wishy washy.’

It is understood Argyll and Bute Council  is only a steward of Ganavan land gifted to the town. When the former Oban Town Council disbanded it was passed to Strathclyde Regional Council and then on to Argyll and Bute.

Community councillor Laura Corbe suggested a Facebook poll be launched to find out what people want, but it was felt this could be ‘trampling on the toes’ of Friends of Ganavan’s current survey.

Community council convenor Marri Malloy said she believed people wanted Ganavan to stay ‘as it is’.

Argyll and Bute’s Head of Amenity Services Jim Smith is being invited to the next Oban Lorn and Isles Area meeting to give an update on any plans concerning the management of the car park at big Ganavan, in particular arrangements for overnighters.