Sounds like the Council is adopting the "Portree model" for Oban.
i.e. install a pontoon or two for the sole use of the big cruise liners and chase all the boat/yachts away by placing a security barrier across the entrance to the pier. It should be noted that these cruise passengers don't spend much as all their food/drink needs are met on board, they just wander aimlessly around Portree and buy the occasional trinket. ( they can be identified by the labels stuck to their lapels )
As Nick pointed out, Tobermory on the other hand actively attracts boat/yacht folk (and the liners) by providing plenty pontoons and moorings, you'll have trouble finding somewhere to eat in the summer, the pubs are full, there are no empty shops and the Co-op is always packed with folk stocking up. The place is thriving. ( as is Stornoway since they installed a 70 berth marina )
It's time A&B Council and OBM had their collective heads banged together as the lack of progress can't go on, nor can the endless waste of money, sorry 'consultation', continue.
Oban has too many empty shops and struggling eateries and pubs, the planned short stay pontoons can only increase the prospects for these businesses.
A look at OBM's website http://www.obanbaymarine.org.uk
. gives an idea of the paper shuffling that's gone on since 2007.