Bute Community Council by-election: the candidates’ statements

Bute Community Council in session at Port Bannatyne's village hall on October 15, 2014.
Bute Community Council in session at Port Bannatyne's village hall on October 15, 2014.

The five people competing for two vacant places on Bute Community Council have outlined their reasons for standing in a by-election for the organisation later this month.

The names of Tony Harrison, Marlene Hill, Nina McDonald, Hugh Moodie and William Scott will appear on postal ballot papers to be sent soon to every person on the electoral roll on the island.

Completed ballot papers must reach Argyll and Bute Council (postage-free) by Thursday, November 27 at 4pm.

The five candidates’ statements are as follows.

Anthony C. Harrison, The Huf Haus, Ascog:

My wish to become a member of Bute Community Council stems from a desire to contribute to improving the needs of people living on Bute.

I have lived here for more than 15 years. The majority of this time I operated a business on the island and am currently actively involved in the community as a Fyne Homes committee member.

Also I am a member of Rothesay Rotary Club and was a past chairman of Bute Marketing Ltd. I feel that these experiences have provided me with an understanding of the special issues facing island residents and believe that the Community Council should have a strong voice on their behalf.

Marlene Hill, 32 Castle Street, Rothesay:

I was a member of Rothesay Community Council for two years, but left to have more time to open “For Bute” Community Charity shop for the island. I now have more time as the shop is up and running.

Nina McDonald, 6 Crichton Road, Rothesay:

I am a young person with a disability who has recently returned to Bute after living on the mainland as a student for three years. I am therefore very aware of the lack of accessible places on the island and the need to change this to make Bute more attractive to everyone.

I also believe that more needs to be done to improve opportunities for young people on the island. If elected as a community councillor I would actively seek the veins of young people and try to make sure their voices are properly represented.

Hugh Moodie, 12 Bryce Avenue, Rothesay:

Degree qualified in engineering with a post grad diploma in leadership/management, Hugh, a former RAF Officer, served for 15 years in various roles included bomb disposal, aircraft maintenance, operations in Afghanistan and Iraq and responsibility for aircraft engineering of 16 aircraft and over 70 technicians.

He supports veterans organisations through membership of the Royal British Legion (Scotland) and the RAF Association. Hugh is a full time parent, resident in Rothesay supporting his partner who attends university studying mental health nursing.

He is an employee of Co-operative food, in which he has been the union shop steward, representing fellow employees.

William Scott, 23 Argyle Place, Rothesay:

Born Rothesay 1941. Educated: Mansfield Pl, Ballochgoy, Rothesay Academy, several universities. BA, BSc, Med, FIMA, FSA (Scot): degrees in mathematical science, education & psychology, philosophy. Read Latin & Greek 1999-2010. Fellowship in Math-Science and History.

Served on Scottish Mathematical Council. Head of mathematics in five schools and colleges in three countries. Also taught philosophy/psychology.

Publications: Many papers, articles and letters in Times Ed. Supp. (Scot), Teaching Mathematics, Mathematical Gazette, Scotsman, Herald, Buteman, Sarawak Museum Journal.

Ten books, the first won the Constable Trophy 1997, published by Luath Press 1998. Adherent St Giles Cathedral.