Bute population decline in focus at workshop event

Bute's population fell by more than ten per cent between 2001 and 2011, and events in Rothesay and Dunoon have been organised to look at the population issues affecting both Bute and Cowal. Here traffic waits to leave Rothesay on the next ferry to Wemyss Bay - but it's the numbers who leave and don't return that are causing concern.
Bute's population fell by more than ten per cent between 2001 and 2011, and events in Rothesay and Dunoon have been organised to look at the population issues affecting both Bute and Cowal. Here traffic waits to leave Rothesay on the next ferry to Wemyss Bay - but it's the numbers who leave and don't return that are causing concern.

How can Bute tackle the problem of the island’s declining population? That’s the question which will be considered at an event taking place in Rothesay next month.

The Argyll and Bute Community Planning Partnership has organised an interactive workshop and discussion session on the population issues affecting Bute, giving local residents the chance to share views and ideas on how to reverse the trend of the island’s falling population.

The event, at Rothesay Joint Campus on Saturday, November 2 from 9.30am to 1pm, has been organised after official figures were published in August showing that 6,498 people lived on Bute on the date of the 2011 census, compared to 7,228 ten years previously - a fall of 10.1 per cent.

The number of households on Bute fell during the same ten-year period, from 3,570 in 2001 to 3,387 ten years previously - a decrease of 183, or 5.13 per cent - while the census figures also showed that the population of all Argyll and Bute’s islands declined by 4.93 per cent between 2001 and 2011, from 15,889 people to 15,105.

The Rothesay event will be followed by a question-and-answer session, with a ‘specially selected’ (though as yet unnamed) panel, at Dunoon Grammar School on Thursday, November 7, looking at the population issues affecting Bute and Cowal - with a video link available from Rothesay Academy.

To book a place at either event, to submit a question or to find out more, contact the Community Planning Partnership on 01369 707166 or email communitydevelopment@argyll-bute.gov.uk.