VisitBute AGM is postponed

VisitBute directors Sophie Reid and Andy Walters pictured with John and Elaine Mackirdy of Mackirdy Haulage at the unveiling of promotional branding for Bute on one of the company's vehicles in September 2014.
VisitBute directors Sophie Reid and Andy Walters pictured with John and Elaine Mackirdy of Mackirdy Haulage at the unveiling of promotional branding for Bute on one of the company's vehicles in September 2014.

The directors of Bute’s destination marketing organisation, VisitBute, have announced the postponement of their annual general meeting.

The decision has been taken because another significant public meeting in Rothesay, namely a special meeting of Bute Community Council, is taking place on the same night as the original AGM date - Thursday, February 26.

VisitBute’s directors were - and still are - hoping to use their AGM to unveil a number of potential ideas for the promotion and economic wellbeing of the island.

Some of those got an airing at an event this week held to look at ways of reversing the decline in the island’s population - including the establishment of a ‘Bute Trust’ which would be open to financial contributions from friends of Bute around the world.

Another is a campaign aimed at residents of Inverclyde and highlighting the ease of a day trip to Bute - particularly when Wemyss Bay pier is closed in September for major repairs and Rothesay’s ferries are diverted to sail to and from Gourock.

The special public meeting of BCC is to be attended by officials from CalMac Ferries Ltd and Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd and will give island residents the chance to ask questions about the delay in the closure of Wemyss Bay.

The mainland terminal for Rothesay’s ferry service was originally due to shut on March 2 for major repairs, but the work has been postponed for at least six months because of problems with the manufacture and delivery of a new fendering system for the pier.

The BCC meeting takes place at Rothesay Joint Campus at 7pm on Thursday, February 26. A new date for VisitBute’s AGM has yet to be announced.