Parking ‘pandemonium’ at Ganavan

Library photo: Ganavan often draws the crowds in good weather. © Philip Hatfield

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Parking ‘pandemonium’ returned to Ganavan over the Bank Holiday weekend, members of Oban Community Council reported this week.

On Sunday, as many as 40 cars lined a stretch between Ganavan Sands almost to neighbouring Wee Ganavan, as crowds flocked to beaches to enjoy the fine weather, said members.

The meeting on Monday night heard that many cars were parked on pavements, down the slipway and on a private road, with council parking staff said to be in attendance.

Community council member Dougie Graham told the meeting: ‘I would put money on it that not one ticket was given over the weekend period at Ganavan.

‘The place burst. There were cars everywhere and it was an accident waiting to happen. It was pandemonium.’

Councillor Roddy McCuish said pavement parking was ‘selfish’ as it obstructed the pathway for those pushing prams or wheelchairs.

And because people are now using the back of the toilet block as a toilet when the facility is locked at night, special ‘Heras’ security fencing has been erected by Argyll and Bute Council to seal it off, he said.

Managing the beauty spot and enforcing the rules has proved a sore point for the community council over the last year with repeated demands for Argyll and Bute Council to take a tougher line.

Mr McCuish said: ‘My main concern is the fact that we are not getting things done.’

Council convenor Marri Malloy complained that suggestions earlier this year about a potential barrier at the car park for the summer had so far come to nothing.

‘What’s the good of having wardens going out if they are not issuing tickets,’ she said.

A council spokesperson was asked about the comments.

It said: ‘Parking on pavements would be a police issue, but only if it was causing an obstruction.’