The days of Bute having its own councillors representing only the island’s voice at local authority level appear to be numbered.
Under plans to cut the number of Argyll and Bute councillors from 39 to 36, from 2017 onwards the current Isle of Bute ward, with its three councillors, will be replaced by a much larger ward whose three councillors would have to cover not just Bute but also Colintraive, Glendaruel, Tighnabruaich, Kames, Millhouse, Portavadie and the entire eastern shore of Loch Fyne to a point just south of Strachur.
Current Bute councillor Robert Macintyre, who is not standing in the 2017 local authority elections but who represented the old Kyles and Bute ward between 1995 and 1999, said: “I only covered Colintraive, Glendaruel and Ormidale in those days as well as the landward parts of Bute.
“This would be a much bigger ward than that, and the workload would be far greater than at present.”
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