New Oban berthing facility will bring economic benefits

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3 Nov 2016 - 13:12

A new state-of-the-art transit berthing and maritime visitor facility will bring economic benefits to Oban and the surrounding for years to come.


At its meeting on Thursday, 27 October 2016 Argyll and Bute’s Policy and Resources Committee unanimously approved the full business case for the North Pier Maritime Quarter – Transit Berthing and Maritime Visitor facilities at Oban waterfront.


Councillor Ellen Morton, Depute Leader of Argyll and Bute Council, said:


“The high-quality facilities represent a substantial investment in the Oban area by the council and will create 2.5 jobs. The facilities will act as a focal point for marine-based activity and a welcoming point at the North Pier for maritime visitors and businesses.


“It has been estimated that Oban could see an additional 5,600 boats and 22,000 people visiting the area when the berthing facility is complete. This is really good news for Argyll and Bute. The new Transit Berthing Facility will allow direct access to Oban and help generate economic benefits for the stunning refurbished town centre, the islands and the wider Argyll and Bute area.


“We are grateful for the support of the local community and look forward to working with partners to deliver this exciting project.”


The maritime visitor facilities will have dedicated showers, toilets, changing areas and secure lockers.


The facility will complement existing marinas in the area and can provide up to three nights berthing for visiting craft and day stops for leisure businesses.


The council’s investment in the Transit Berthing Facility is £1.5 million and at the meeting, the committee also agreed that the council will now drawdown these funds allocated in the Campbeltown, Helensburgh, Oban, Rothesay and Dunoon (CHORD) budget and move to the process of tendering.