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Rothesay windows row hotelier: I’ve come too far to stop now

The Bute House Hotel in Rothesay, pictured on Friday morning, with the installation of UPVC windows well under way - despite warnings that the hotel's owners could be fined or imprisoned for flouting planning rules.

The Bute House Hotel in Rothesay, pictured on Friday morning, with the installation of UPVC windows well under way - despite warnings that the hotel's owners could be fined or imprisoned for flouting planning rules.

 

The owners of a Rothesay hotel are pressing ahead with the installation of UPVC windows in their property - despite being warned that they could face prison if they continue to defy planning rules.

Harry and Hazel Greene employed local contractors to install the windows at the Bute House Hotel on Thursday, following their delivery the previous day by a company which then pulled out of the job after being warned the police could be called in.

Two planning applications for UPVC windows have been refused by Argyll and Bute Council - the first by planning officers, the second by councillors on the authority’s planning, protective services and licensing committee.

The Greenes appealed against the second refusal, but their attempt to overturn the ruling was dismissed in January by a reporter from the Scottish Government’s directorate for planning and environmental appeals.

Mr Greene told The Buteman on Thursday afternoon: “It’s too late to stop now. I’ve got 30 people booked in to the hotel over the weekend of the Jazz Festival in May so there’s nothing I can do except press on and accept the consequences.”

The Greenes received a letter from the council on Wednesday evening advising them to cease their unauthorised work with immediate effect.

The couple were served with a Temporary Stop Notice by a council planning official on Thursday; the official, Martin Hannah, spent a short time on site taking photographs of the work as it progressed before leaving with local police officers.

 

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