MSP backs Bute hotelier in window battle

The owner of the Bute House Hotel, Harry Greene, met Michael Russell MSP and local Argyll and Bute councillors on Monday.
The owner of the Bute House Hotel, Harry Greene, met Michael Russell MSP and local Argyll and Bute councillors on Monday.

A Rothesay hotelier has received the backing of Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell in his battle over plans to install replacement windows in his premises.

Harry Greene, who owns the Bute House Hotel in the centre of the town, wants to put in 52 new double-glazed uPVC windows in the premises to replace the existing single-pane sash-and-case panels currently in place.

Mr Greene has already had one planning application refused on the grounds that uPVC windows would be out of character with Rothesay’s historic town centre - but he says new timber sash-and-case replacements would not soundproof the building, or be easy to clean, and would be prohibitively expensive.

On Monday morning he met Mr Russell, local Argyll and Bute councillors Isobel Strong, Robert Macintyre and Len Scoullar and Argyll and Bute Council planning officer David Eaglesham in the hope of finding a way out of the impasse.

Mr Russell said: “I will happily write to Historic Scotland in support of your application.

“It seems ridiculous that you can’t finish the job you are trying to do. We need to stop the rot in this town centre.”