Add your name to online Bute gardens petition

An online petition is asking members of the public to show their backing for Rothesay's floral displays - including the ones in Rothesay's Esplanade gardens which have helped the town win the Beautiful Scotland scheme's top award on two separate occasions. Replacing those flower beds with areas of grass is one of 140 savings options being considered by Argyll and Bute Council.
An online petition is asking members of the public to show their backing for Rothesay's floral displays - including the ones in Rothesay's Esplanade gardens which have helped the town win the Beautiful Scotland scheme's top award on two separate occasions. Replacing those flower beds with areas of grass is one of 140 savings options being considered by Argyll and Bute Council.

The deadline is looming to give your backing to Ardencraig Gardens on Bute - but you can now add your name to an online version of a petition supporting the facility.

Local community councillor Iain Gillespie has set a deadline of this Monday, January 11, to sign a paper copy of the petition which he launched just after Christmas.

And in addition to the hard copies available at shops and businesses around the island, an online version of the petition has now been launched, giving supporters of Ardencraig who live beyond Bute the chance to add their support for the facility.

To add your name to the online petition, click here - you can also sign hard copies at the Victorian Shop, A.M. Macqueen’s butchers, Print Point, Toffo’s newssagent, Bute Tools, For Bute and the post offices in Rothesay, Ardbeg and Port Bannatyne.

As we first reported in October, Argyll and Bute Council has been asking members of the public to comment on a ‘savings option’ which would see all the flower beds, rose bushes and shrubs owned by the authority replaced by areas of grass.

If the option - which is likely to lead to the closure of both Ardencraig Gardens and the nursery next door where bedding plants for the Bute and Cowal area are cultivated - makes it into the final package of budget cuts, and is approved by councillors at their annual budget meeting in February, four jobs on Bute will be lost, reducing the council’s spending by £133,000.

The public consultation on more than 140 savings options across the council’s areas of operation closed on December 31; a firmer list of proposed savings is expected to be considered at the next full council meeting on January 21.