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This article in concerned only with performance management – an objective responsibility which has not previously been a notable feature in the operations of Argyll and Bute Council.
This laxity may itself have produced slack observation of responsibilities in the corporate management team.
Officers must be given the opportunity to show what they can do under a regime that demands integrity, competence and propriety, monitors performance and insists upon due process.
Should any then prove incapable of responding to these standards, that would be a point where, in any capable and well managed business, the question of their remaining in their posts would arise.
The past is the past. An enlightened regime which everyone hopes will seed a very different culture for public sector conduct in Argyll and Bute – at an individual and collective level, should have no care for retribution but every care for the calibre and correctness of performance now.
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- Dead in the water: Oban transit marina
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.
But – you can take a horse on an eight year tutorial but you can’t make it think.
- Dead in the water: Oban transit marina
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.
Will Oban get £1million a year from cruise ship passengers?
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