BUTE constituency MSP Michael Russell has written to Scotland’s justice secretary to highlight the level of local concern at the proposal to close Rothesay Sheriff Court.
Mr Russell contacted his SNP colleague Kenny MacAskill after a meeting this week with Rothesay solicitor Elaine Campbell, of Wm. Skelton & Co., at which Miss Campbell outlined the likely consequences of the Scottish Courts Service (SCS) proposal to transfer all Bute’s court business to the mainland.
In his letter to Mr MacAskill, Mr Russell highlighted concerns over the cost of witnesses travelling to Greenock, the potential for disorder on the Rothesay-Wemyss Bay ferry and the implications on the police presence on Bute.
Mr Russell also told the justice secretary that the estimated £6,000 saving from closing the course “is, it is suggested, wildly optimistic and would be completely wiped out by other costs that would be incurred if the court was not there”.
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