Ganavan barrier plan put on pause

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A barrier to stop motorhomers overnighting at Ganavan has been put on hold.

Argyll and Bute Council has the money to put the barrier in place but more feedback is needed first.

Councillor Elaine Robertson told members of Oban Community Council she had asked council officers to pause the plan and they had agreed.

The proposal has been sent out to council members and is now being circulated to community council members, too, to get their views. Friends of Ganavan are also being asked for their say.

Oban community council convener Marri Malloy said at last week’s meeting: ‘I don’t know why we need a barrier. It’s not going to do anything. It’s just a waste of money.’

‘That’s why I asked for it to be paused so we can put the proposal out to the community council and Friends of Ganavan because they will be affected out there,’ said Councillor Robertson.

Mrs Malloy added: ‘I know what we wanted but it’s not what we’re getting. There’s no purpose to it. The barrier is going to be open all day and close at a certain time. What’s going to stop them staying there overnight? Nothing.’

‘I have concerns about it. It does require further discussion,’ said Councillor Robertson who told the meeting the money for the barrier was there, so it can go ahead.

‘It’s best to go and look at it,’ she added.

The barrier idea stemmed from trouble at Ganavan when motorhomes and campervans illegally parked overnight. Some of those campers also dumped litter and human waste, prompting calls on Argyll and Bute Council to take action and put a stop to it.

Councillor Kieron Green told the meeting the idea was that council officers would make sure there were no  campervans in the car park when the barrier was shut for the night.