Council accused of ‘hubris and intransigence’ in Rothesay harbour row

Argyll Workboats' MV Seahorse II at rest in Rothesay's outer harbour. (Pic - John Lyle)
Argyll Workboats' MV Seahorse II at rest in Rothesay's outer harbour. (Pic - John Lyle)

The lawyer preparing a case on behalf of a Rothesay businessman in a long-running dispute with Argyll and Bute Council has accused the authority of “hubris and intransigence” over the issue.

Sir Adrian Shinwell of Kerr Barrie has launched a petition for judicial review in the Court of Session on behalf of Calum McMillan of Argyll Workboats Ltd, who has been embroiled in a row with council officials since 2009 over his wish to moor his vessel, MV Seahorse II, at Rothesay harbour.

Sir Adrian told The Buteman: “This dispute has rumbled on for years and we have endeavoured to resolve it amicably.

“Faced, however, with the hubris and intransigence of Argyll and Bute Council, we were left with no alternative but to seek a judicial review of the council’s actings towards Mr McMillan.

“Raising proceedings in the Court of Session against a publicly-funded body is not something to be undertaken lightly, and this is perhaps a measure of our intent.”

The council has engaged Roddy Dunlop QC - who defended MP Alastair Carmichael in the so-called ‘Orkney Four’ legal action earlier this year - and advocate Scott Blair to contest the case, and a report for the council’s policy and resources committee, due to meet in Lochgilphead today (March 17), says that “work progresses on providing a robust defence to the terms of the action”.

* Full details in the March 18 edition of The Buteman - on sale now.