The newly remodelled Stafford Street in Oban was officially opened last week (Wednesday 7th October) by councillors Ellen Morton and Roddy McCuish.
Sarah MacIntyre of Park, Adam Bratton of Rockfield and Aaliyah Barr of St Columba primary schools, the winners of an art competition which ran alongside the project, were on hand to help the councillors cut the ribbon.
Also in attendance was the Depute Lord Lieutenant, Graeme MacQueen, representing the Royal British Legion, to unveil the specially commissioned plaque commemorating those who lost their lives in both World Wars and all conflicts since.
Councillor Ellen Morton, Policy Lead for Infrastructure, said: ’’This is a great boost for the town and we were delighted to see so many local people at the opening, making use of the great new public space the council has created.
‘’We really appreciate the patience shown by the public and businesses as this work has gone on and are hopeful that they will start to see the benefits of increased footfall and money through the till very soon.
‘’We would encourage them to take advantage of the new space and make outdoor dining a possibility for their customers.
‘’This is just the start of major regeneration work for Oban, with a further phase of public realm improvements planned along George Street starting in the New Year.’’
Councillor Roddy McCuish, Chair of the Oban, Lorn and the Isles Area Committee, said: ‘’This is a real good news story for the town; it is very heartening to see the new space being used.
‘’It was particularly good to have Sarah, Adam and Aaliyah here to help us cut the ribbon. It’s great when the community can get involved in projects like this.’’