Isle of Bute Trust gets under way

The Isle of Bute Trust hopes to use donations from island residents and 'ex-pats' to improve the environment of the island.
The Isle of Bute Trust hopes to use donations from island residents and 'ex-pats' to improve the environment of the island.

The new Isle of Bute Trust has held its first meeting as it aims to help boost the island’s population and economy.

Described by chairman and project officer Alisdair Johnston as “short, sharp and to the point”, the meeting took the first steps to establishing the Trust, which was suggested by Andy Walters of VisitBute during a meeting in February held to look at ways of tackling the island’s declining population.

The meeting discussed and approved the aim of IOBT, which is to increase the attractiveness of Bute as a place to live, work, and visit in order to help reverse the decline in the island’s fortunes.

The organisation will have seven trustees, one of whom, in an idea suggested by treasurer and trustee Iain Donald, will be selected from S5 or S6 at Rothesay Academy, based on a presentation given to the board; any Academy pupils who think they have what it takes to represent their age-group should make contact with IOBT.

The Trust will hold a public meeting some time in May, to lay out details of the organisation, its plans and how everyone can engage in its activities.

Meantime, it needs suggestions for likely community projects. Contact Alisdair Johnston (07815541992 or alisdair@alisdairjohnston.co.uk).