I joined OBM for the princely sum of £1 so I would get updates, minutes etc. by email, but I have never attended a meeting and can hardly claim to be an active member . . .
Car parking is a red herring - the existing proposal is for a transit
marina, maximum stay 3 days, no permanent bertholders, so the only people arriving will be arriving by boat. Toilet facilities are available in the Calmac building and at the North Pier. Calmac share their facilities with sailors in several locations on the West Coast, so there is plenty of precedent. If the existing facilities can't stand a few more visitors then they are inadequate and the council should make further provision. The new Tigh Solais facilities at Tobermory are open to all, not just for the pontoons, and bring in revenue in addition to providing a much needed public facility.(For some reason the antis are obsessed with the toilet habits of yachtsmen. Let me take this opportunity to reassure them that we have the same number of a***holes among us as any other cross-section of the population).
The reason for a transit marina in Oban is to bring money directly into the town centre with a walk-ashore facility. A high percentage of people occupying visitors berths over on Kerrera will not leave the island, whereas any yacht coming into the proposed facility at Oban would be pretty much guaranteed to send crew ashore with money in their pockets to spend with local businesses.
Anyway, nothing new in what I have said here - it has all been said before. You can read OBM's letter to the Oban Times HERE
where the points above are elaborated. Rational decision making is not necessarily playing a major part in the decision mnaking process though, and the factions ranged against each other are undoubtedly motivated by more than logic and sweet reason.
And yes, many people, myself included, have said that a permanent facility North of the North Pier is a better idea - but if local business and the council between them can't raise sweetie money for a wee transit marina then what hope is there? It is my understanding that the plans for the transit marina are fully approved, so there is nothing to stop the OBM proposal going ahead if they can find the funding.