Argyll and Bute Council works hard to get back on track following major fire at Mill Park depot in Oban

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15 Nov 2016 - 16:10

Following a fire at Argyll and Bute Council’s fleet and maintenance depot on Soroba Road, Oban in the early hours of Friday morning staff have been working hard to get back on track with service delivery.

With staff who are normally based at Mill Park having to relocate on a temporary basis to the Jackson’s Quarry depot and the council offices on Albany Street, and the bin lorries stored on site being inaccessible, no bin collections were possible on Friday. With work over the weekend and extra runs in the early part of this week things are now back on track and it’s business as usual.

Councillor Roddy McCuish, Chair of the Oban, Lorn and the Isles Area Committee, explained:

“Our roads and amenity staff in Oban deserve huge congratulations for getting public services back on track so quickly following the major incident at the Mill Park depot. It’s been a massive team effort and I would like to personally thank them for their hard work.

“The fire service is still investigating. The site has now been handed back to the council and remains cordoned off while we discuss the next steps with our insurers.

“As of this morning (Tuesday 15th November) there are some areas in Kilmore, Bonawe and North Connel which have not received their Friday collection yet. We have made the best use of our resources and an additional vehicle will be doing those runs today. After today anyone who was due a Friday uplift and hasn’t received one should phone our contact centre on 01546 605514 and we’ll be sure to get their bin uplifted as soon as possible.

“We would like to thank people for their patience and co-operation as our bin men have worked tirelessly to get things back on track.

“Going forward things are back to normal in terms of service delivery and we will be pressing ahead with the introduction of three-weekly collections from Monday 28th November.

“It isn’t possible to say at this stage – indeed it may never be possible to say – how the fire started, or what the long-term plans with the site are. We’ll be keeping people updated, but for now the important thing is that nobody was hurt and we have deployed our contingency plans and got things back on track as quickly as possible.

“Thanks and congratulations once again to our bin men and support staff – they deserve enormous praise.”