Fixed hub for Ganavan ‘not supported’

An image used by Adventure Oban to illustrate the potential for a hub.

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Adventure Oban has been warned off any idea of creating a fixed ‘adventure hub’ on land at Ganavan Sands.

Voluntary board members of the 70-strong member group gave a presentation to Oban Community Council on Monday night where it was roundly praised for its ‘fantastic’ efforts, encouraging people to enjoy the great outdoors.

But community council convenor Marri Molloy said while it supported ‘most’ of Adventure Oban’s aims, it would not support any new structure for fear of opening the door to further development.

Adventure Oban revealed it had held talks with Argyll and Bute Council about the possibility of creating a storage site at Ganavan, described as an ‘eco-friendly, multi-use’ building.

It could be used as an ‘adventure library’, storing free equipment for people to check out as part of ‘come and try days’ to encourage participation in water sports, although a ‘mobile option’ could be the alternative, it said.

Community council members suggested the existing ‘kayak shed’ next to the toilets could be a base after it fell into neglect.

Dave Bleazard, of Adventure Oban, told the meeting the kayak shed was a ‘very good’ idea. He said: ‘Storage and location and the potential of a building is only a very small part of what we are trying to do and what we are about.’