Trust takes aim at Bute’s empty shop owners

The trustees of the newly-formed Isle of Bute Trust - L-R Marlene Hill, Andy Walters, Alisdair Johnston (chair), Iain Donald (treasurer), Jean Moffat and Phyllis Ward.

The trustees of the newly-formed Isle of Bute Trust - L-R Marlene Hill, Andy Walters, Alisdair Johnston (chair), Iain Donald (treasurer), Jean Moffat and Phyllis Ward.

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The newly-formed Isle of Bute Trust has put the owners of Rothesay’s empty shops in its sights - and in particular those who deliberately allow their premises to remain vacant.

The Trust’s chairman, Alisdair Johnston, has written to the August 28 issue of The Buteman explaining the organisation’s attempts to tackle a problem many people feel is doing a great deal of harm to the appearance of the town.

In particular, Mr Johnston and his colleagues say they have come across examples of property owners who allow premises to lie empty in the hope of securing permission for a ‘change of use’ from business to residential accommodation.

“While these owners are perfectly within their rights to do this, the impact on the town of this process is damaging,” he says.

* Read this story - and Mr Johnston’s letter - in full in the August 28 issue of The Buteman, on sale now.