A manager has been appointed to oversee the Oban CHORD project. Linda Houston will start work on Monday 20 May 2013. £6.9 million is being spent on the regeneration of the town centre and waterfront, this will see a North Pier Quarter created, the enhancement of the seafront’s public realm and transport interchange improvements, all of which will greatly improve the arrival into the town whether it is by ferry, train or bus.
Linda is a qualified planner with more than 30 years’ experience in area regeneration and economic development. She has recently completed a series of regeneration projects associated with the development of the remote island of St Helena in the South Atlantic. This followed a three year role with the Department for International Development as Director of the St Helena Development Agency, between 2007 – 2010.
Prior to this Linda was an advisor to various government regeneration agencies. She managed the establishment of the London Bridge BID in 2006, the Cheapside Initiative in 2007, and directed the Pool of London Partnership from London Bridge on the South Bank 1996 – 2007.
Linda said, “I have a particular interest in waterfront initiatives and have spent more than 20 years sailing in and around the Hebrides. I am looking forward to taking up my new role in Oban and to meeting the many private, public and voluntary sector players who have a vital role to play in delivering the plans for the regeneration of the town centre and waterfront and taking forward initiatives for the wider Oban area. “
Oban CHORD project board chair, Councillor Louise Glen-Lee said, “This is fantastic news and I wish Linda all the very best in her new role. I am confident the Oban CHORD project will be a great success for the town and I look forward to seeing the results. CHORD has been talked about for so long in Oban it is great to see that it is finally taking shape.”