Dunbeg Community Council round-up

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A meeting will be called to try and resurrect Dunbeg Development Group, community councillors have heard.

The group looking at the area’s future seems to have disbanded because of many of the committee moving away from the area, this month’s community council meeting was told.

Planning permission will be needed to put up community noticeboards.

Five sites have been  identified. The original board opposite Etive Road already has permission but needs repaired.

Other sites for new boards are near the school, where MacLeod’s current notice board is at the entrance to the new development, at the top of the new development and at the start of the original cycle track.

Housing developers Link will be asked to include a notice board in its planning application for Phase 4 of the housing scheme.

A funding application to connect the Ganavan to Dunbeg cycle track to the proposed Dunbeg to Connel track will be re-applied for this summer.

Community council secretary Linda Robb reported back from the Dunbeg Corridor Working Group.

She said buses will not go into the new development until the roundabout at the top of Dunstaffnage Way is completed. The commercial area and access road has been re-positioned towards Oban as the original site was considered a flood risk and there were heavy peat deposits which are now protected.

It is hoped the proposed 400 houses in Phase 4 will include provision for key workers and students.

The education department is confident the current primary school can cope with children from Phase 3 housing but would need to know how many bedrooms would be in Phase 4 before they could calculate if a new school was needed. There will be a public meeting to assess community needs, she said.

Street lighting at the end of Lochnell Road and Hillside has been fixed and the swings have been returned to the playpark, the meeting was told.

Link says 117 of the new houses have been handed over, ready for occupation, although labour and material shortages have impacted on progress. It is estimated Phase 3 of the development should be finished by spring 2023.

The meeting asked its Argyll and Bute councillors to look at problems getting on the bus that is shared by children going to St Columba’s and Oban High School as well as adults going to work.

The Community Payback Scheme is being contacted again to see if it can can help with clearing up the mess left after the bonfire.

The next community council meeting will be on Monday September 12 at 7.30pm at Dunbeg Church Hall.