New parking permit trial for Oban, Lorn and the Isles goes live

A new trial scheme offering weekly and monthly permits for off-street parking, at a discounted cost, starts on 1 April 2019 in the Oban, Lorn and the Isles area and will run for the next 12 months.

If successful, the pilot will be rolled out across the whole of Argyll and Bute. In the meantime, parking permit arrangements throughout the rest of the area remain unchanged.

Monthly tickets will cost £60 and weekly tickets £30. To compare, paying via a parking machine at Ganavan, Lochavullin or Longsdale car parks for a week, and returning daily, would cost £42.00 for a week at the current rate.

The new permits enhance a service that already offers three, six, nine and 12 month permits as well as the ability to pay by phone through the Paysmarti system.

Councillor Roddy McCuish, Policy Lead for Roads and Amenity Services, said: “We want to offer greater choice and flexibility to people wishing to use council car parks. The permits also offer a significant discount to those people who park regularly in town.

“The weekly ticket should benefit visitors using Oban as a base for visiting the islands, sailing or perhaps cycling round the area.”

For more information on parking permits and how to buy them go to:

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