Draft HRO Consultation

Council's proposed HRO: formal consultation

Oban Municipal Harbour proposals: what they mean for you

Oban Community Council (OCC) and Oban Community Harbour Development Association (OCHDA) remain committed to the timely and successful establishment of a Municipal Statutory Harbour Authority (HA) for Oban. We also recognise that the anticipated conversion to a Trust Port is highly desirable at the appropriate time.  We welcome the publication of the draft Harbour Revision Order and recognise the many significant changes that have been made. However there are several major issues which remain unresolved. Since this Harbour Order, once enacted, will guide the future operation and development of the Harbour Authority for many years it is vital that we get it as right as possible now; amendments to Harbour Orders are expensive and difficult!

We had hoped that a broad and competent consultation arrangement would be made for the new Harbour Authority, covering matters of safety and maintenance (via a Harbour Users Group) and longer-term improvements and developments (via a wider Stakeholder group). Unfortunately we have not succeeded in persuading Argyll & Bute Council to review their proposals, which are unclear and likely to be ineffective.

As a consequence we must address all matters in, or omitted from, the HRO that cause concern during the formal consultation. We would urge readers who wish to make representations regarding the draft HRO to copy their submission to us at info@ochda.scot in order that we can get a clear picture of what is being said.

An explanation of details in the draft HRO is contained in the Statement of Support which also forms part of the submission. 

General guidance on the consultation process and the next steps is available from Transport Scotland here

Public meeting and submission materials

Oban Municipal Harbour proposals: what they mean for you

A very well-attended public meeting saw 90+ people at The Rockfield Centre hearing about the Council’s plans for Oban Harbour.

A detailed briefing was provided by Oban Community Council and OCHDA (Oban Community Harbour Development Association), followed by a substantial Question and Answer session. The presentation materials are here. The Q&A session transcript is here.

Questioners were particularly concerned by the timing of this consultation and limited notice of it, the Council’s plans for existing moorings in the Bay, including plans for Ardentrive Bay and Kerrera marina, the lack of financial information and future publishing of accounts for the harbour. In addition, and overall, the meeting was very concerned by the Council’s proposed arrangements for involvement of harbour users and other stakeholders in decision-making regarding the future of the Harbour.
The meeting overwhelmingly supported a motion from the Chair that we should write, formally, to Transport Scotland and to Argyll & Bute Council requesting that the 42 days for submissions relating to the formal consultation should be paused over the festive period or stopped and re-started completely in the New Year.
Anyone with an interest in the future running of Oban Harbour can make their views known during the initial phase of the formal consultation which closes on Jan 10th 2024. Details of how to make a submission can be found here or on the Council’s Municipal Harbour web page.

Have your say: make sure that your voice is heard in planning the future of Oban Harbour

There are 42 days for objections or representations to be submitted, from 30th November (closes 10th January 2024). An objector must state the grounds for their objection or representation and give an address for correspondence relating to the objection or representation.

If you submit an objections or make a representation it will be passed to Argyll & Bute Council who may contact you to discuss your concerns. There is no fixed timescale for this stage in the process and this will very much depend on the nature and scale of any objections received. Note that any representations and objections may be published on Transport Scotland’s website

Objections or representations should be sent to Transport Scotland, Ports and Harbours Branch, Area 2F North, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ or email harbourorders@transport.gov.scot within before 10th January 2024 quoting “Oban Harbour Revision Order 2023” stating the grounds of their objection.

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