Around Oban – 29.4.21

Can you tell where this week's photograph was taken?

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Well, four days into the easing of lockdown and the reopening of shops, pubs, restaurants and cafés, how are we all feeling?

I am sure there will be mixed emotions about getting back to normality, with some people nervous and others excited to get back out and about.
Over the weekend Oban was truly buzzing and full of activity and that was with many businesses still closed.

With our weather still looking favourable for the coming week there is one thing for sure, Oban will be very busy. With that in mind we need to still be on our guard and follow the current rules and regulations.

Many of our businesses have been preparing for opening. At the BID Office we are processing numerous improvement grants and it is great to see so many businesses taking advantage of the grant scheme. Also encouraging is the number of new shops and premises opening, relocating or changing hands. It is clear that we are living in a vibrant and viable town that has more to offer than many similar sized towns. We have many established shops that provide excellent service with long standing staff. That combined with some key national retailers makes Oban the destination to visit. As always, I will promote use local, shop local and support local be it shops, cafes, services and supermarkets. All support our local economy and residents.

This is my last week of writing this column as Kay has now returned to work. It is great to have her back in the hot seat!

Last week’s photograph was the new wild flower bed at the Corran Halls. So can you guess where this week’s is?