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Rothesay windows row ‘not over yet’ says hotelier

Bute House Hotel owner Harry Greene pictured outside the property in March 2014, shortly after work began on the unauthorised installation of UPVC windows in the listed building.

Bute House Hotel owner Harry Greene pictured outside the property in March 2014, shortly after work began on the unauthorised installation of UPVC windows in the listed building.

 

The Rothesay hotel owner at the centre of a long-running row over the installation of uPVC windows in his town centre property says the dispute is far from being resolved.

Harry Greene, owner of the Bute House Hotel, says he’s been given nine months to remove the offending windows and replace the original wooden sliding sash-and-case versions.

But Mr Greene also admitted he had turned down a proposal from Argyll and Bute Council that he commit to reinstating the original windows within two years.

“The council was prepared to give me two years, as long as I signed an agreement saying I’d take the windows back out by then,” he told The Buteman.

“I took expensive legal advice and was told that if I signed that agreement I’d have no comeback. I still feel like I’ve got to try and fight it.”

A council spokesperson said: “The council had discussions with Mr Greene regarding a phased approach to the re-instatement of the timber sash-and-case windows in the Bute House Hotel.

“Unfortunately these negotiations broke down because Mr Greene refused to agree and, as such, the council applied a more normal timescale (nine months) for removal of the uPVC windows.”

* More from both Mr Greene and the council in the August 1 edition of The Buteman - on sale now.

 

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