Another step closer to an action plan for Bute

Rothesay's Alliance for Action has organised a further public meeting on Bute's economic future - to be held at Rothesay Joint Campus on October 1.
Rothesay's Alliance for Action has organised a further public meeting on Bute's economic future - to be held at Rothesay Joint Campus on October 1.

A detailed plan for the economic future of Rothesay and Bute is set to move a step closer at a public meeting this week.

The event, taking place at Rothesay Joint Campus this Thursday, October 1, at 7pm, is being organised by the island’s Alliance for Action group, set up earlier this year to find out what people living on the island believe are the top priorities for its future economic wellbeing.

It follows a similar meeting on September 2 at which people were asked to suggest their top priorities in a number of different areas, including young people, economy and enterprise and Rothesay’s public spaces.

Those suggestions have now been distilled into a shortlist of gaps, good ideas and ‘must be done’ projects - and this Thursday’s meeting will whittle that down further to a list of half a dozen or so priority projects for the island to focus on.

The list of ‘must be done’ priorities include:

- Better collaboration and co-ordination

- Better signs and information

- Create a new ‘Bute brand’

- More apprenticeships and employment

- More activities for young people

- Provide more premises for small businesses

- Find a new use for the old Rothesay Academy building

- Better indoor leisure facilities

- Bring the Royal Hotel back into use

- Help for small business owners to improve shops and create more employment

All interested members of the public are welcome to attend this Thursday’s meeting and to help shape a plan for the island’s future.