Have your say on Oban harbour future

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Argyll and Bute Council is due to start a community-wide consultation this week on the future management of Oban Bay.

The six-week consultation is planned to go live on the council’s website tomorrow, July 15.

Oban Community Harbour Development Association (OCHDA) has welcomed it but says the council’s timescale, to establish the new harbour authority in time for the 2023 sailing season, is still challenging but at least appears to be moving forward.

OCHDA has offered to support the council any way that it can, including sharing information to help progress.

Oban Bay Management Group met on Tuesday and discussed the great need to get information out widely about the consultation.

Despite head of the council’s Roads and Infrastructure Services Jim Smith acknowledging at the meeting the local media had been in touch for information – the council was unable to provide The Oban Times’ with details at the time of going to press. A spokesperson said: ‘We will be promoting the consultation when we have everything in place to do so.’

OCHDA has also been pressing the council to give the public more information about their plans for establishing a municipal port.

OCHDA chairman Ross Wilson, said: ‘We  encourage everyone who has an interest in the future of Oban to take part in the consultation.’