Popular walkway to receive funded facelift

Gibraltar Street, the pedestrian access between the Tesco carpark and the town centre.

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A pedestrianised area of Oban town centre is set to receive £250,000 of funding from a Scottish Government place-making initiative.

The grant from the Place Based Investment Fund has been earmarked to improve landscaping and the appeal of the heavily trafficked pedestrian thoroughfare located between Tesco car park and Oban town centre.

The proposed grant is part of a package of £561,000 allocated to projects across Argyll and Bute through the Scottish Government fund.

Councillors agreed the recommended allocations at a virtual meeting of Argyll and Bute Council’s policy and resources committee last Thursday, August 12.

In a covering report, council executive director Kirsty Flanagan said: ‘This pedestrian area is a key intersection between the town and the retail park.

‘It is currently not a particularly attractive space and would benefit from public realm enhancement in the form of quality hard landscaping and a green wall.

‘Working in partnership with Bid4Oban and Tesco, it is proposed to develop and deliver an enhanced public realm project to both improve access to Oban town centre and enhance this key gateway for businesses, shoppers and visitors.’

In addition to this year’s funding, the Scottish Government has also committed to providing all local authorities with Place Based Investment funding on an annual basis to coincide with the next four financial years.

‘Although the annual share for Argyll and Bute is yet to be confirmed, the value is likely to be substantial and as such it is important to identify future projects,’ added Mrs Flanagan.

‘Working with members and the community, it is therefore intended to develop a four-year plan and return to the policy and resources committee in February 2022 with a report recommending at least one priority project for each of the four years.

‘This will allow projects to be developed to the stage that they are able to be delivered within the required timeframe.’