Bute Community Council secretary resigns

Bute Community Council's last meeting was held in Port Bannatyne's village hall on Wednesday, October 21.
Bute Community Council's last meeting was held in Port Bannatyne's village hall on Wednesday, October 21.

The secretary of Bute Community Council has announced his resignation - and says his belief that community councils are ‘largely superfluous’ lies partly behind his decision.

Mick Common will stand down both as secretary and as a community councillor on November 17, the day before the next meeting.

His decision comes little more than a month since BCC regained its full membership of 20 following a postal vote in a by-election.

Mr Common, who also cites ‘on-going health issues’ as a contributing factor in his decision, says in his letter of resignation: “I have come to the conclusion that community councils are largely superfluous – there are plenty of other ways today for local authorities, and others, to ascertain community views and to inform people.

“Were it possible, abolition of community councils should be on Argyll and Bute Council’s list of cost saving options.”

Mr Common and 19 other BCC members were all elected to serve on the body in an island-wide postal ballot in October 2012 in which 26 candidates stood for election; since then two by-elections have been held to fill vacant places caused by resignations, each of the polls attracting more candidates than the number of available places.

Bute Community Council’s November meeting takes place on Wednesday, November 18 at 7pm at the United Church of Bute’s church centre in High Street, Rothesay.