If ever a group of people involved in a project for the public good deserved success, it has to be the stoical members of Oban Bay Marine.
The company has sat out a series of setbacks, some unable to survive objective scrutiny, in its long running proposal to create a 60-berth transit marina in Oban Bay, with direct walk-up to the town centre waterfront.
Where many would have walked away long ago, the company stayed faithful to the widespread support the plan had gained from local businesses – who financially supported its development to a substantial tune.
Today, 27th June 2012, after years of disappointment, the group saw Argyll and Bute Council’s Planning, Protective Services and Licensing committee decide to approve the latest version of their plans.
The proposed transit marina makes provision for small day boats and RIBs, a diesel berth, manager’s office and limited use for over-wintering.
Councillor Louise Glen-Lee , Lead Councillor for Oban, Lorn and The Isles Area Committee, says: ‘This marina will enable Oban to welcome vessels into the bay area for a walk ashore facility. This will add to the already rich tapestry of facilities there are here already for sailors and kayakers. We already have some great facilities and this transit marina adds to that.
‘I look forward to seeing vessels from cruise liners to kayaks using the bay well together and strengthening Oban as an international sailing hub.
‘The committee’s decision allows the applicants to go ahead and put together a funding package and a strong business case.’
The example already set by the Tobermory Harbour Associaiton with its very successful transit marina and swing moorings provision demonstrates what can be done.
A transit marina is also a hugely important facility for Argyll and the Isles in its entirety. This marina will be a key part of a chain of such resources for the valuable leisure sailing market, eager to take advantage of Argyll’s unparallelled sailing grounds.
Today’s decision is good news all round.