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Plans to start a business case to extend Oban’s North Pier have won the approval of councillors for the town.
The proposal to add to the pier will now be subject to further investigation after the Argyll and Bute Harbour Board unanimously backed the action.
Four options for extending the pier were laid out ahead of the committee’s specially-convened meeting on Thursday August 4.
Oban North and Lorn Conservative Councillor Andrew Vennard said: ‘The proposals for extending the pier are interesting.
‘The next item on the agenda is about the harbour authority proposals – what knock-on effect does this have on that?
‘What kind of timescale would this involve, and are there ballpark figures for the possible costs involved?’
Jim Smith, Argyll and Bute Council’s head of amenity services, responded: ‘In terms of the implications for the wider Oban Bay proposals, this will be an enhancement to Oban Bay and bring some additional opportunities.
‘It will all be positive for mariners, the wider area and the council, so I do not see any real issues.
‘The timescale is something we can develop through the business case. We do not have funding in place but we do have potential mechanisms for securing funding.
‘Marine projects are quite complex and need consent, which takes time. This project would take a small number of years but we need to develop proposals for the initial concept.
‘In terms of costs, we are in a really strange time with costs, as we have reported through the council’s policy and resources committee.
‘We are better not to look at costs per se, as they are quite volatile, but again, through the business case we can make estimates.’
Oban South and the Isles SNP Councillor Jim Lynch then said: ‘I certainly welcome this proposal; I think it has good potential.
‘Anything that can make improvements or bring additional income to the town, we have to accept it.’