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Comment posted on Council planning site crashes in run up to deadline on submissions on Oban transit marina by Webcraft

Call me cynical, but I would not be surprised if all the comments were lost.

There are a lot of mysteries surrounding this application.

~ Why was it necessary to scrap all comments on the previous (virtually identical) application?

~ Why were previous commenters informed by letter rather than e-mail?

~ Why did it (in my case anyway) take two weeks from the time the letter was dated to it being delivered, so that it arrievd towards the end of the 28 day consultation period with only a few days left?

~ Is it coincidence that the server collapsed on a Monday morning when staff arrived to find an influx of positive comments on the application?

~ Why at midday Tuesday – the last day for consultation – is it still impossible to comment?

~ There were 117 public comments on this application last time I looked. Will they all be there when/if the site is restored?

~ In view of the server downtime will additional time for consultation be granted?

Given the Council’s previous history of chicanery and manipulation involving any proposals for a marina in Oban, I think this whole matter needs careful looking at.

Webcraft also commented

  • In fact they still seem to be accepting comments.
  • What?

    You are joking aren’t you? This is what happened before and everyone was made to send their comments in again. How many people are going to bother sending them in a 3rd time?

    As far as I can see the site is still up and running and accepting comments – there are now 150 comments.

  • The site is now back up and appears to still be accepting submissions.

    HERE

  • I have just been reliably informed that A&BC say they have all comments up to the point where the website went down. They say there were around 120 comments at that point.

    There is a notice outlining an alternative way to submit comments on the ‘ search for a planning application’ page thus:

    Please note: we are currently experiencing problems with our online planning and building standards system. We hope to have this up and running again as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. If you would like to make a comment on a planning application, please email us at: centralvalidationteam@argyll-bute.gov.uk . If you are looking for more information on a planning application, please call us on 01546 605518

  • A database server crash is hardly ‘doctoring’ – I just wonder what caused it, and whether or not the data was backed up.

    There have been enough twists and turns in the history of this particular project to provide material for a whole convention of conspiracy theorists.

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