Originally Posted by roddy macEachen
This is the first time I have used this forum, and I have read with great interest your views on the proposed pontoon development.
I am a director on the board of Oban Bay Marine, the group that has been working on this for the past year and I think it is a fantastic project,living on the Island of Kerrera as i have done most of my life, I have seen this area missing out on so much because of its lack of facilities for the marine sector.
I am very confident that this will go ahead, it is a community driven project which will be run by the community for the community in exactly the same way as the Tobermory one is, we only need to look at how succesful that one has turned out to be. We actually have a public meeting organised for the 18th of Jan to be held in the Argyllshire Gathering Hall at 6 oclock which will be chaired by Jim Mathers MP, please feel free to come along and find out all about it.
Its a small town and I am surprised to find I don't know you or your boat, where it moored and what colour?
Anyway nobody has objected to better facilities in Oban, just questioned its actually happening due to the various schemes being bandied around for years with no result. In fact I am fairly sure there is a yet another scheme in addition to this one being considered for pontoons off the North pier as we speak.
Personally I would prefer this location anyway as I consider the proposed one too far outside town to be of much use for anything other than refueling.
As I have stated before I would prefer the council to undertake this project despite them being the council.
Comparing it to Tobermory is also not completely fair, they have a completely sheltered harbour plus there are also next to no facilities at Tobe whereas Oban has excellent faciilities, just not in Oban itself.
I think there are three completely different needs here anyway-
A need for tour boats to pick up/drop off in town
A pontoon for boats to visit for a few hours in town
A fuel and watering place for visiting large RIBs and yachts which already exists across the bay on Kerrera,Puffin divers at Gallanach and Dunstaffnage marine.
Personally a pontoon near the North pier would seem to me to be the better bet then unless there is some facility being considered that I haven't thought of? In fact my preferred solution would be a pontoon off the slip North of the North pier for the first two needs although any pontoon within the bay would probably be a summer only operation as the first storm is likely to "take it out"