Argyll and Bute Council has launched a consultation to gauge public opinion on draft proposals to establish a Municipal Harbour Authority in Oban that will ultimately see the local authority take responsibility for areas of the bay that are currently unmanaged.
The council is already the Harbour Authority for Oban North Pier, while CMAL/CalMac and Northern Lighthouse all have responsibilities for separate areas within the bay. This will not change, however, the approaches into and out of the bay are currently unregulated.
The Oban Bay Management Group has promoted a code of practice for vessels entering and leaving Oban Bay and, while this greatly increased safety within the bay, it is only through an established Harbour Authority that the council can enforce positive safety measures.
The consultation runs for six weeks. Hard copies are available on request.