Bute councillor's anger over committee ousting

Bute councillor, Robert Macintyre, has spoken of his anger at being removed as chair of Bute and Cowal Area Committee following his resignation from the council's administration.
Bute councillor, Robert Macintyre, has spoken of his anger at being removed as chair of Bute and Cowal Area Committee following his resignation from the council's administration.

Councillor Robert Macintyre has spoken of his anger at being removed as chairman of Bute and Cowal Area Committee.

At Thursday’s meeting of Argyll and Bute Council in Kilmory, council leader Dick Walsh proposed that Cllr Macintyre be replaced in the hot seat by Councillor Alex McNaughton.

The motion was carried following a roll call vote by 18 votes to 14.

Cllr Macintyre, who has served as chairman since May 2012, told The Buteman: “The crime I have committed, according to the administration, is to resign from it.

“I resigned from it, as has been previously reported, because I seconded Cllr Strong’s motion at the special council meeting in August to call upon the Integrated Joint Board (IJB) to reverse its decision to close the dementia day centre at Thomson Court.

“I have been a councillor for Bute for nearly 22 years and I would say that this decision is one of the most disgusting and harmful pieces of policy that I have experienced.”

He continued: “I have always put the interests of the people of Bute first, and I will continue to work as hard as I can to try and get the IJB to reverse the decision that will do great harm to our island of Bute.”

The Buteman contacted Argyll and Bute Council to ask if there were any policies which would require non-ruling administration councillors to step down from roles such as committee chairman and was told this decision was a “political one”, and that no such policy is in place.

Asked for the reasons behind Cllr Macinyre’s removal, Cllr Walsh directed The Buteman back to the wording of the approved motion.

This stated: “Notes the resignation of Councillor Robert E Macintyre from the council’s administration and therefore removes Councillor Robert E Macintyre from the position of Chair of the Bute and Cowal Area Committee.”

The decision to close the facilities was made on June 22 by the IJB as part of a three-year strategic plan to make savings.