Public meeting on Bute population decline

Rothesay Pavilion is the venue for a public meeting on Monday, February 16, 2015 to hear suggestions from Bute residents on how to reverse the decline in the island's population.
Rothesay Pavilion is the venue for a public meeting on Monday, February 16, 2015 to hear suggestions from Bute residents on how to reverse the decline in the island's population.

A public meeting organised to try and find ways of turning around the alarming decline in Bute’s population is now less than a week away.

The meeting, which has been organised by Bute Community Council member Martin Catlin, will take place at Rothesay Pavilion on Monday, February 16 at 7pm.

Mr Catlin has called the meeting in the light of statistics from the most recent census, which show that the number of people living on Bute fell from 7,228 in 2001 to 6,498 ten years later - a decline of 10.1 per cent, in stark contrast to many other Scottish islands.

Argyll and Bute Council held a ‘depopulation summit’ in Dunoon at the end of October to look at ways of reversing the decline in Argyll and Bute - the area as a whole having seen a fall of 3.4 per cent in the same period - though until now there have been no moves to look at turning round the trend on Bute specifically.

“The Isle of Bute has so much going for it,” Mr Catlin said, “and I believe if key issues were addressed, that we can become one of Scotland’s more attractive places to live and work.”