Comment posted Aberdeen votes by narrow majority for video game ‘garden’ at Union Terrace by newsroom.
For Webcraft and Ken MacColl: It’s not an either or situation. We are of course looking into the situation with the Oban CHORD project and we are aware that access to the entire Interim Business Case has been denied.
Anyone from outside the council has to accept that an Interin Business case actually exists and that it has been discussed. Not only is the public denied knowledge of the contents of this business case, it is not allowed to know what the conclusions of the discussion on it were.
Moreover, the meeting was asked: ‘to recommend to the Programme Management Board that £1,840,000.00 be drawn down to allow the 1st phase of the project as detailed in the Interim Business case to be progressed, subject to the adjustments discussed for the traffic interchange proposals.
This is a substantial sum of money to be drawn down with no public account of exactly what it is for – and to be drawn down on the basis of an ‘interim’ and not a final business case.
The Oban CHORD project is a labyrinthine morass of indefensible practice and as such, working to undersitand it is a slow process akin to dissecting a rat.
The Aberdeen division on the retention or radicalisation of Union Terrace Gardens raises issues of perspectives on planning for public spaces which are relevant anywhere.
Helensburgh faces the vandalism of the classical lines of Colquhoun Square and for no good reason.
Anyone who looks at the design approved for Union Terrace Gardens will see nothing organic but simply an overscale version of the short term concrete wows that were enacted in urban gardens back when garden makeovers where all the rage.
This is a question of design for public spaces – and we are all affected by such matters wherever we live.
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You are absolutely right. Oban was a fantastic fit for this project.
Rothesay has pontoon berths in its inner harbour which allow walk ashore straight into the town.
But this facility it is not well kept and looks grubby and down at heel – and the centre of Rothesay itself is the same or worse.
Even though Oban is shabby now, lacking investment in maintenance by too many commercial property owners, it remains a spectacular town where the opportunity to walk ashore would have become a word-of-mouth must-go-there in the sailing world in no time.
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An accurate if depressing analysis.
A lot of leisure sailor also do not own their own boats but charter them for cruising holidays.
Family sailing holidays are a substantial part of activity in this sector – so the spectrum of visitors who would have used the transit marina that might have been, would not have been narrow.
The fundamental message that councillors and officers have been unwilling to grasp – because it inconvenienced a clear and standing intention to down this long suffering project, which is at least now put of its misery – is that leisure sailors are a captive audience.
Sailing is camping at sea – all necessities onboard – although, from fuel to food, needing regular resupplying – but no frills.
Eating out is a delight – and no washing up to be done in a standup galley. Banter in a pub is a change of scene. Using your legs is welcome in walking around, browsing and exploring locally.
Almost all of this involves local spending, on a daily basis; and this audience is there to spend. They’re on holiday.
The minority of sailors who are well off are mature, often retired – with a lifetime of work behind them to earn what they have.
Some folk own caravans and motorhomes to explore on land, Those who love the water have boats for the same purpose – and the boats often cost a lot less than the motorhomes; but, on some senselessly classist two-way autocue, motorhomes are branded downmarket and boats as toffpots.
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