Festival organisers, shintys clubs and other users of Oban’s stadium are pitching their ideas on ways to upgrade it.
Mossfield Stadium is currently under review, with its suitability and purpose in the spotlight.
Now a group of stakeholders have come up with the ideas for the consultation being run by Argyll and Bute Council.
Officers also brought some original proposals to the Oban Lorn and the Isles area committee, such as improving the path leading to Mossfield, resurfacing the area from the car park to behind the goal area and installing event power.
New proposals include bringing in a simplified, user friendly booking system, replacing the fencing around the stadium previously destroyed by fire and including new lighting.
It is also proposed to continue with stakeholder meetings to continue engagement on use of the stadium as a community asset.
Historically, Mossfield was used as a venue for shinty matches and Highland games.
But since 2015 it has hosted Oban Live – a two day music festival organised by Celtic rock group Skerryvore.
However after this year’s event, organisers said they would be taking a break in 2020 and claimed the facilities are deteriorating at a time when the cost of running events is increasing.
Now the organisers of Oban Live are working on the new stakeholder group alongside organisers of the Argyllshire Gathering, council officers, Bid4Oban, the Access Forum, Oban High School and shinty clubs.
In a report to the Oban Lorn and Isles Area Committee on Wednesday, operations manager Tom Murphy states: “Whilst the stadium is suitable for most sporting events, it has not been upgraded to cope with the differing sporting demands and those needs generated by a music festival.
“Recognising the importance of events to the local community and economy, the process to review the stadium’s suitability and to propose, through robust engagement with all users, proportionate and reasonable improvements, is now under way.”
He advises that decisions on funding will need to be made once the areas for improvements are costed and the resource implications for the council are clear.