High hopes of ‘partnership’ over Bute green spaces

Ellen Morton, pictured with local councillor and Argyll and Bute provost Len Scoullar and council officer Stewart McCracken on her recent visit to Rothesay.
Ellen Morton, pictured with local councillor and Argyll and Bute provost Len Scoullar and council officer Stewart McCracken on her recent visit to Rothesay.

The depute leader of Argyll and Bute Council says she’s “astonishingly confident” that talks over the future management of green spaces on Bute will end positively.

Ellen Morton was joined by the three island councillors - Robert Macintyre, Len Scoullar and Isobel Strong - at a meeting with the Mount Stuart Trust to discuss a possible partnership for the future management of areas such as grass verges and woodlands.

Many of those spaces are owned by the Trust but have been maintained for decades by the local authority.

Mrs Morton said: “We told the Mount Stuart people we were very interested in working in partnership with each other in future, and I’m astonishingly confident that we will actually get a good solution for Bute out of this.

“I’m not saying there weren’t tensions over who is responsible for what area and who’s going to fund what, but we agreed we have to find a sustainable solution.”

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