Public meeting: what’s your vision for the future of Bute?

A public meeting on September 2 will seek island residents' visions for the future of Rothesay and Bute.
A public meeting on September 2 will seek island residents' visions for the future of Rothesay and Bute.

A public meeting is to be held in Rothesay next month in the hope of sketching out a vision for the future of the town - and Bute as a whole.

The event, to be held at the Pavilion on Wednesday, September 2, is the next stage in a process set in motion by Bute Community Council’s meeting back in February looking at ways of growing the island’s population.

Next month’s follow-up event has been organised after the Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum (SURF) was asked to get involved in the regeneration of the island by setting up an ‘Alliance for Action’ covering both Rothesay and Bute.

Brian MacDonald from SURF said: “The fact that Rothesay is at a bit of a crossroads has been recognised by a number of people, not least Bute Community Council through its organisation of the meeting on depopulation earlier this year.

“We have sought to develop that, and we’re now at the point where the community gets a chance to identify the issues they want to see tackled in the near future.

“I would urge people to come along to September’s meeting, if they can, and to get in touch with their views if they aren’t able to attend.

“I think it’s really important tfor the future of Rothesay and Bute that people take this opportunity to help shape the future for their community.”