Long-term plans for future of Oban Bay take another step forward

The findings of an independent options appraisal into long-term arrangements for managing Oban Bay will be considered by Argyll and Bute Harbour Board next week.

The report by Caledonian Economics outlines the best options available at this time to address safety concerns in the bay and move to a Statutory Harbour Authority (SHA) within the shortest timeframe.

It identifies that that either CMAL or the council progresses a Harbour Order to assume responsibility for Oban Bay and its approaches.

The report however does not rule out the SHA being transferred to a Trust Port in the future. It suggests this is a way to reach the key objective: delivering safety improvements as soon as possible while looking forward to the long-term sustainable future of Oban Harbour.

Councillor Rory Colville, Policy Lead for Roads and Infrastructure Services, said: “I’d like to thank Caledonian Economics for this detailed report. It’s given us a lot to think about and a route towards reaching objectives which everyone supports.

“Our main focus has to be continuing to improve safety in Oban Bay and what’s best for all the communities Oban Harbour serves - businesses, residents, island communities and visitors.  

You can read the options appraisal on the council website 

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