The owners of a Rothesay hotel at the centre of a furious row over the installation of UPVC windows at the property have been served with a court order stopping the work.
Harry and Hazel Greene, owners of the Bute House Hotel, were served with an interim interdict - the term in Scots law for a temporary court order preventing someone from doing something - by sheriff’s officers at 6.25pm on Friday.
The order was sought by Argyll and Bute Council and granted by Sheriff Rajni Swanney. It prevents “the defenders and their employees, agents and all others acting under their orders, or on their behalf, from carrying out any further works to remove the traditional timber sash and case windows and replace them with UPVC windows at the heritable subjects at 4 West Princes Street, Rothesay, Isle of Bute PA20 9AF, part of the tenement comprising 2, 4, 6 and 8 West Princes Street aforesaid, which subjects are shown delineated and outlined in red on the plan annexed hereto, until further orders of court”.
The Greenes have until 21 days to lodge notice of any intention to defend the order.
The work to replace the windows - in defiance of the rejection of two planning applications by the council, and the dismissal of an appeal to the Scottish Government against refusal - began on Wednesday, and continued on Thursday despite the issuing of a letter by the council asking the Greenes to cease the unauthorised operations and the serving of a Temporary Stop Notice by an enforcement officer from the authority on Thursday.
Mr Greene told The Buteman on Saturday: “This will stop the work. Serving the order at nearly half past six on a Friday night shows they seriously mean business, because I could have completed the work over the weekend.”