Bute councillor quits council's administration over care row

Councillor Robert Macintyre (inset) has tendered his resignation from Argyll and Bute Council's administration over the closure of Thomson Court day centre.
Councillor Robert Macintyre (inset) has tendered his resignation from Argyll and Bute Council's administration over the closure of Thomson Court day centre.

A Bute councillor has resigned from the administration of Argyll and Bute Council over the closure of Thomson Court day centre.

Councillor Robert Macintyre told The Buteman: “Following the decision of the Integrated Joint Board (IJB) to disregard the unanimous recommendation of the Bute and Cowal Area Committee to retain Thomson Court Day Centre at its meeting on August 2, Councillor Strong presented an urgent motion to the Special Council Meeting on August 18 which I seconded.

“The motion simply stated that the decision by the IJB to close Thomson Court Day Centre should be reversed.

“To our amazement an amendment against our motion was taken by Councillor Maurice Corry, who as well as being an Argyll and Bute councillor, is the chairman of the IJB.

“As I was the only member of the current administration to support Councillor Strong’s motion it was apparent to me that my position in the administration of this council was untenable.

“I have tendered my resignation from Councillor Walsh’s administration, and it is particularly sad that Councillors Walsh, McNaughton and Scoullar (who supported Thomson Court Day Centre at the Bute and Cowal Area Committee meeting on August 2) could support Councillor Corry’s amendment 16 days later.

“I will continue to give Thomson Court my full support and can only wish that public pressure from across Argyll and Bute can reverse this cruel decision.”

* Read Councillor Len Scoullar's response to the fall-out over Thomson Court by clicking here.

To read more about the circumstances surrounding the closure of Thomson Court day centre, click here.