Council to reconsider Rothesay toilet cuts plans

Argyll and Bute Council's roads and amenity services department is to look again at plans to slash spending across the area. The Bute and Cowal proposals include shutting these public toilets in Rothesay's Argyle Street and reducing flower bed maintenance.
Argyll and Bute Council's roads and amenity services department is to look again at plans to slash spending across the area. The Bute and Cowal proposals include shutting these public toilets in Rothesay's Argyle Street and reducing flower bed maintenance.

Officials from Argyll and Bute Council are set to look again at plans to shut public toilets on Bute and to slash the support given to the town’s award-winning Victorian loos.

A report to be considered at a meeting of the full council this Thursday, August 29, asks councillors to note that the authority’s roads and amenity services department “will undertake a review of the RA02 Streetscene Savings Implementation Plan”.

The move comes after councillors in Bute and Cowal, and elsewhere in the authority, expressed serious concerns about the impact of the cuts.

Earlier this month the council’s Bute and Cowal area committee refused to endorse plans to shut the public toilets in Argyle Street and High Street in Rothesay, and to cut the subsidy given to Bute Victoriana to help run the Victorian toilets on Rothesay pier from £23,000 to £13,000 a year.

Victoriana directors James McMillan and Margaret Shields have both since told The Buteman that the planned subsidy cut would seriously threaten the viability of the loos.

The plans - which have been heavily criticised by the public - were part of a £400,000 cuts programme across Argyll and Bute voted through by SNP and independent councillors in February.

The Bute and Cowal proposals would also see staff numbers cut and grass-cutting and flower bed maintenance reduced.