Public to have their say as Oban Harbour Authority plans progress

Members of the public are to have their say on Argyll and Bute Council’s plans to create a Municipal Harbour Authority in Oban.

The council is already the Harbour Authority for Oban North Pier, and while CMAL/CalMac and Northern Lighthouse all have responsibility for separate areas within the bay, the approaches in and out of the bay are currently unregulated. The council therefore wants to establish a Harbour Authority so that it can enforce positive safety measures.

At a meeting of the Argyll and Bute Harbour Board, councillors approved a draft Harbour Revision Order (HRO) for submission to Transport Scotland, which is the next stage prior to an extensive statutory public consultation process that will invite comments over a 42-day period.

Policy Lead for Roads and Transport, Councillor Andrew Kain, said: “We have been in positive discussions with Transport Scotland over the last few months regarding the draft order, and we now look forward to the final and formal consultation process with Transport Scotland.”

“We will announce further details of this formal public consultation soon. Following the consultation period, the HRO application will go forward to the Scottish Government for ministers to consider.”

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